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USA: Globes protest

The Golden Globes is normally a self-congratulatory affair: laughably long thank-yous; controversy over the length of a designer dress; scandal about who got which awards…

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Oprah Winfrey receives award | photo: YouTube

It is hard for any of us not in the entertainment world to take this seriously, despite the column inches in our newspapers. But this year’s event on 7 January was different. Nearly all the women wore black (yes, still designer and still often revealing), which emphasised their solidarity and seriousness; men and women made comments about gender equality, whether in terms of pay or distribution of awards and Oprah Winfrey made a speech which some say marks her out as a potential presidential candidate.