måndag 8 januari 2018

Seth Meyers hosts the 75th annual Golden Globes

Seth Meyers kicked off the 75th annual Golden Globes by addressing sexual harassment in Hollywood head-on, taking aim at Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Woody Allen in his opening monologue.

“Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen,” the host of Late Night with Seth Meyers, began. “It’s 2018. Marijuana is finally allowed, and sexual harassment finally isn’t.”

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Many had speculated about whether Meyers would address sexual abuse and harassment in his monologue. And he didn’t disappoint.

“It’s been years since a white man has been this nervous in Hollywood,” Meyers said. “For the male nominees in the room tonight, this will be the first time in three months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name read out loud.”

The host got in digs about both Harvey Weinstein and Woody Allen. About the former, he said: “Don’t worry, he’ll be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person to be booed at the annual In Memoriam,” said Meyers, as the audience whimpered. “It will sound like that.”

Commenting on The Shape of Water, which had the most nominations of any film, Meyers said: “When I first heard about a film where a woman falls in love with a hideous monster, I thought it was a Woody Allen movie.”

Meyers also did a version of his late-night segment Jokes Seth Can’t Tell, in which he invites two of his staff writers to recite punchlines that he, as a white, straight man, isn’t allowed to say. On stage, Meyers set up the jokes and then panned to someone in the audience, who completed them.

“Call Me by Your Name is a coming-of-age story,” Meyers said, while Billy Eichner followed, “Said Kevin Spacey: you lost me at ‘of age’.” In another, Meyers began, “The Golden Globes turn 75 this year” after which Jessica Chastain quipped, “but the actress who plays his wife is still 32.”

Meyers also took shots at Donald Trump. “A lot of people thought it would be more appropriate for a woman to host tonight’s show, and they might be right, but if it makes you feel any better I have absolutely no power in Hollywood,” Meyers said, before the camera panned to Seth Rogen in the audience. “Remember when he was the one causing trouble with North Korea?”

Meyers also nodded to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the host of the ceremony: “A string of three words that could not have been better designed to infuriate our president: Hollywood Foreign Press. The only name that would make him angrier would be the Hillary Mexico Salad Association.”

At this year’s ceremony, almost all of the women in attendance wore black in a show of solidarity with the victims of sexual abuse. Many also wore a pin that read Time’s Up, as part of an initiative, launched last week, to combat workplace harassment.

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