Jane Fonda Calls for Hollywood to Be Leaders in Diversity: 'There's a Story We’ve Been Afraid to See and Hear'

While accepting her #GoldenGlobes Cecil B. DeMille award, @Janefonda called for Hollywood to 'expand that tent' of who is allowed to tell stories in the industry

3/1/2021 1:27:00 PM

While accepting her GoldenGlobes Cecil B. DeMille award, Janefonda called for Hollywood to 'expand that tent' of who is allowed to tell stories in the industry

While accepting the Carol Burnett Award, the 'One Day at a Time,' 'All in the Family,' 'Maude' and 'The Jeffersons' writer-producer also expressed his respect for the award's namesake creator.

at this year's virtual ceremony, Fonda said live from the ceremony's stage at the Beverly Hilton,"Stories, they can really change people. But there's a story we’ve been afraid to see and hear about ourselves in this industry, a story about which voices we respect and elevate and which we tune out, a story about who is offered a seat at the table and who is kept out of the rooms where decisions are made."

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She called on "all of us, including all the groups that decide who gets hired and what gets made and who wins awards" to"expand that tent" to allow more stories to be told and added,"After all, art has always been not just in step with history but has led the way, so let’s be leaders. Okay?"

The actor and activist also used her speech to shout out several titles from this year that she was particularly affected by, includingNomadland, Minari, Judas and the Black Messiah, Small Axe, The U.S. vs. Billie Holiday, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, One Night in Miami

(several of the latter films which"‘have deepened my empathy for what being Black has meant," she said),Ramy, I May Destroy You,All In: The Fight for Democracy(which “reminds us how fragile our democracy is") andDavid Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet

.Fonda additionally spoke to the power of storytelling in rough times:"We are a community of storytellers, aren’t we? And in turbulent, crisis-torn times like these, storytelling has always been essential," she said."You see, stories have a way... they can change our hearts and our minds, they can help us see each other in a new light, to have empathy, to recognize that for all our diversity, we are humans first."

Backstage, after she accepted the prize, Fonda was asked how her father Henry Fonda would feel about her win."He’d be very proud of me. He won this award. I feel he is here. I can feel his spirit," she said.In its announcement of this year's selection for the prize, the HFPA cited the 83-year-old actor's"breadth of work,""unrelenting activism" and"undeniable talent."

That unrelenting activism extended to advocating for great inclusivity among the body that votes for the Globes, according to a recent report in the Read more: Hollywood Reporter »

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Janefonda you know not every story is about race? Most films are irrelevant to race. They are HUMAN stories. Films with white people in are not about any white race struggles. This whole narrative is so disengenuous. Most films are white cause US census has white race at 76%. Apply logic