Her moving acceptance speech after winning the Cecil B DeMille award called out “brutally powerful men” who abuse and assault women and have been getting away with it for too long.
In the wake of the huge #MeToo campaign started in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Oprah paid tribute to the women who have stood up and spoken out about the sexual harassment they’ve received.
“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have,” she told the teary-eyed audience at the Golden Globes.
“And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.”
The 63-year-old interviewer and actress also spoke about her black heroes, including Rosa Parks, Sidney Poitier and the rape victim and campaigner Recy Taylor, who died on December 28 just days before her 98th birthday, having never received justice for the brutal attack by six armed white men in the Jim Crow era.
Oprah was given a standing ovation as she finished off her speech with a call to arms.
“I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon,” she said.
“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.”
Her powerful speech had people in the audience and at home calling for her to run for president at the next election in 2020.