To the surprise of exactly no one, the Screen Actors Guild awards show last night was basically a non-stop anti-President Trump rally.
In fact, it started even before the show began with commentary and tweets such as….
— Gossip Cop (@GossipCop) January 30, 2017
— Alicia Dennis (@AliciaCDennis) January 30, 2017
Julia Louis-Dreyfus: I want you all to know that I am the daughter of an immigrant. #SAGAwards
— Debra Birnbaum (@debrabirnbaum) January 30, 2017
So when the film “Hidden Figures,” about three black female mathematicians working at NASA in the 1960’s, won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, you’d think you could write the acceptance speech right then and there, given the climate in the room and in our nation.
But you’d be wrong.
The film’s star, Taraji P. Hansen delivered a passionate, moving and yes, inclusive speech which included not one swipe at the president or racism or white privilege.
As The Huffington Post (yes, the HuffPo) reports, The film, which has received much acclaim including an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, tells the little-known stories of three black women ― Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson ― who played pivotal roles in NASA’s successful attempt to put astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Henson, who portrayed Johnson, accepted the award alongside her castmates and delivered a stirring speech about the movie’s purpose.
— Variety (@Variety) January 30, 2017
“This film is about unity,” Henson said. “The shoulders of the women that we stand on are three American heroes: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. Without them, we would not know how to reach the stars.”
“These women did not complain about the problems, the circumstances, the issues,” she continued. “They focused on solutions. Therefore, these brave women helped put men into space.”
“This story is about what happens when we put our differences aside, and we come together as a human race,” she concluded. “We win. Love wins every time … They are hidden figures no more!”
YESSSS! Let’s put our differences aside, STOP complaining and look for solutions.
Amen. Hallelujah. And that was a helluva dress too!
[Note: This article was written with great admiration by Michele Hickford]