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"Let's all of us make an effort to expand that tent so that everyone rises and everyone's story has a chance to be seen and heard."

By Tessa Petak
Mar 01, 2021 @ 9:41 am
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During Sunday's Golden Globes celebration, Jane Fonda received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her lifetime achievements on and off the screen.

True to form when she accepted the honor, she didn't even speak about her own achievements, she used her speech to uplift others and address the film industry's lack of diversity. She even called attention to some films and shows that were snubbed from the awards ceremony (ahem, I May Destroy You).

"Stories, they really can change people," she said. "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's offered a seat at the table and who is kept out of the rooms where decisions are made. So let's all of us, including all the groups who decide who gets hired and what gets made and who wins awards—let's all of us make an effort to expand that tent so that everyone rises and everyone's story has a chance to be seen and heard."

And Twitter is eating the speech right up, praising her for, once again, using the spotlight to call attention to greater causes.

"To the brilliantly talented @JaneFonda...Congratulations!" Little Fires Everywhere star Kerry Washington wrote. "It was an honor getting to celebrate you. For your art, your activism, and your bravery. Love you! Xo"

Another user wrote, "God I love that Jane Fonda is making her lifetime achievement award about the achievements of so many others."

"of course Jane Fonda is the only person to name check I MAY DESTROY YOU," a user wrote.

Others remembered the other times Fonda used her platform to fight for diversity, inclusion, and change. "never forget when jane fonda signed her best actress acceptance speech for the 1979 oscars because the academy wouldn't offer closed captions"