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Actress at Golden Globes: ’50 Percent Women’ in Everything She Produces for Next Two Years

'If Beale Street Could Talk' star Regina King name-dropped Time's Up, said celebs should be politically outspoken

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The 76th Golden Globe Awards were surprisingly non-political for most of the show on Sunday night — until actress Regina King took the stage.

Winning the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” the 47-year-old actress took the floor and ended her speech by pushing identity politics.

King first addressed the critics of political celebrities.

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She said celebrities should talk politics at award shows because it presents an opportunity to highlight important issues.

“Time’s Up times two,” she said, referring to the movement that has partly taken on sexual harassment and assault issues within the Hollywood community.

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She added, “We understand that our microphones are big and we speak for everyone.”

The last part of that statement is a little telling. If liberal celebrities who preach at awards shows really did “speak for everyone,” then why would there be critics that King feels the need to address at all?

King went on to make a vow — and she encouraged others to follow her in that vow.

King said everything she produces for the next two years will include “50 percent women” at all levels.

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“I will make sure everything that I produce is 50 percent women,” King said.

And she urged others within Hollywood and outside of the entertainment industry to set the same goal for themselves.

King only promised to commit to this vow for the next two years — which is hard not to take as a reference to the nearly two years President Donald Trump has left during his first term in office.

King’s motivation for battling underrepresentation in Hollywood is admirable and understandable, but her “50 percent” vow shows just how some in the entertainment industry put identity politics above honest art and creativity.

Some stories are small, contained or look at corners of the world or moments in time that don’t always show diversity the way demanding liberals want.

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Maybe that means it’s mostly men. Maybe it means it’s mostly or all women.  The math demanded by King doesn’t always work when one is simply looking at someone’s work, as opposed to the gender that person happens to represent.

And what about those in front of the camera?

Not every story lends itself to representation.

Are screenwriters and directors expected to shoehorn in every single gender and race in the name of equality? Not every story demands such characters. Some stories are small, contained or look at corners of the world or moments in time that don’t always show diversity the way demanding liberals want.

In addition to her work in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” King has also appeared in popular films such as “Friday,” “Jerry Maguire” and “Legally Blonde 2.”

Check out part of Regina King’s time at the Golden Globes below:

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