Michelle Yeoh & Jamie Lee Curtis: The Most Viral Moment From the Golden Globe™ Awards & What It Means for Women by Ann Marie Patitucci
On January 10, 2023, the 80th Golden Globe™ Awards ceremony honored the best in film and American television of 2022, after not airing last year following the outcry over the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's (HFPA) lack of diversity and questionable practices. There were watershed moments and memorable speeches. One of my favorites was when Michelle Yeoh won the Best Actress award for her performance in Everything Everywhere All at Once. What an important, inspiring win, especially considering Yeoh’s “minority” status in the U.S. (discussed in her speech) and her age (in a youth-obsessed Hollywood).
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) January 11, 2023
There was another special moment, when Yeoh was announced as the winner. I would like to draw your attention to one person in particular. She didn’t receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. She didn’t win a Golden Globe™. Yet, if you see Jamie Lee Curtis’ reaction in the photo above, you might think she did. Instead, she’s cheering for her fellow cast member, Michelle Yeoh.
I’ve seen people post and tweet that Jamie Lee Curtis ”is all of us” in this image. Sadly, I don’t think that’s true. Instead, she’s whom we should aspire to be. We should all cheer this excitedly for our friends, for each other. We should all feel so genuinely thrilled about our friends’ successes. As a woman who has been blessed throughout my life with true friends like Jamie, and as one who loves to support and cheer on other women, I’d like to speak directly to the women here:
If you don’t have these kinds of women friends, go get some. Don’t listen to what you’ve been told over the years. It’s all a lie. Here’s the truth, from one woman to another:
Women are not your competition
Not the opposition
Her success is not your failure
Celebrate her wins
Be the first to applaud
Throw your hands in the air
She won’t steal your thunder
Her rise is not your fall
Let her shine
There’s enough light for all of us
And be there when it rains, too
Her power empowers you
Your power empowers her
And on and on we go
Making meaning, making change
For each other, for ourselves
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