Should Alexander Skarsgård's Golden Globes Acceptance Speech Have Referenced Abuse?

Some are calling out the actor for not mentioning abuse in his acceptance speech


Last night's Golden Globes was an affair with one thing on the agenda - gender equality.

From the all-black dress code and activist plus-ones, to Oprah Winfrey's and Elisabeth Moss' inspiring words, the event was ablaze with female solidarity and empowerment.

On the red carpet stars like Deborah Messing, Sarah Jessica Parker and Eva Longoria confronted E! about the resignation of Catt Sadler and on stage Natalie Portman place a well-timed jab at the exclusively male best director nominations.


But despite this overflowing of feminism, some found certain male stars to be lacking in their support for the cause.

Alexander Skarsgård took home a globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series for his role as Perry - a violently abusive husband - in Big Little Lies.

When Nicole Kidman won an Emmy last year for her role as Celeste, the wife and one victim of Perry's, she took the opportunity to discuss the epidemic of domestic violence.

The Australian said at the time, 'Sometimes when you're acting, you get a chance to bring a bigger message - we shine a light on domestic abuse.

'It is a complicated, insidious disease that exists far more than we allow ourselves to know.

'It is filled with shame, secrecy and by you acknowledging me with this award, it shines a light on it even more. So thank you, thank you, thank you. I bow down to you.'

Nicole Kidman at the 2018 Golden Globes

Skarsgård, on the other hand, chose not to reference issues of domestic violence in his acceptance speech, though he did thank the 'girls' who co-starred with him on the show (both Kidman and Reese Witherspoon also produced as well as starred in the HBO series). He was was also wearing the 'Time's Up' pin.


Some viewers took to Twitter to express their frustration at the brevity of the 41 year-old's acceptance speech.


However, Skarsgård wasn't the only one. Twitter users also noted how red carpet reporters appeared to only be asking female attendees about gendered issues and not the men, despite knowing that gender equality and abuse are not issues that affect only women.


We wonder whether men and reporters are purposefully doing this in an attempt to prioritise women's voices in this discussion, or if they are simply afraid to speak up. Either way, as Oprah said in her speech, it is the men as well as the women who will bring us closer to the day when no-one needs to say 'Me too'.

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