After the first gala of the film industry after the Weinstein Effect was unleashed, the headlines and the media echoed that Oprah Winfrey would presumably be the next presidential candidate for the 2020 elections.
The rumors were detonated not only by the comments of the host of the event, Seth Meyers, during his introductory monologue but because many interpreted the phrase coined by the presenter, "a new day is on the horizon", as a nod to her political interests.
But if we make a speech as powerful as Oprah’s a presidential matter, then all the movement that is behind would lose the angle and, in the worst scenario, all its impetus.
Winfrey remembered the origin of her career thanks to having seen colored characters reach where a poor Milwaukee girl from 1964 would never have thought to be able to arrive. This Sunday, almost 60 years later, that girl not only achieved it with an impeccable career in entertainment and activism, but she became the first woman of color to receive the Cecil B DeMille Award for everything she achieved in her career.
“I have tried many, many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats as my mom came through the door, bone tired from cleaning other people’s houses,” said the presenter, remembering the time she saw Sidney Poitier winning the Oscar for Best Actor in 1964.
"There are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given (the award)," she continued.
Winfrey not only made reference to the moment that the press lives, but the moment that all the industries live on a national level, when the social earthquake of the #MeToo movement was transformed into #TIMESUP, assuring that this is the moment in which everything will change for women and for victims of abuse of power.
“Each of us in this room is celebrated because of the stories that we tell. And this year we became the story. But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics or workplace.”
The presenter reminded Recy Taylor, Rosa Parks and especially recognized the work and courage of so many people who decided to put an end to a macabre tradition of abuse and humiliation at the hands of patriarchy.
“So I want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon.
And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say, ‘Me too’ again.”
Although the dozens of American presidents would’ve killed for having delivered a speech with such strength, that was not the engine behind the profound words of Oprah Winfrey.
This woman has recognized the struggle of so many minorities (women, blacks, and immigrants) to achieve the "American dream" in a country that today is more than ever threatened by the most rooted and latent hatreds in our society.
This woman brought tears to hundreds of thousands of spectators not only during her daily programs but now from a stage where she recognizes the courage, perseverance, and integrity of those who believe that a better world is possible if one decides to tell the truth.