The Hollywood ghouls that turned a blind eye to the rapey behavior of Harvey Weinstein gave her thundering applause for her bravery.
It’s not brave to shout your abortion in 2020. It is rather ghoulish to do so while visibly pregnant, though, and that’s precisely what Michelle Williams did.
It appears that Williams wasn’t paying attention to host Ricky Gervais’s opening speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday night. In it, Gervais told the invited guests that perhaps they shouldn’t use the acceptance speech as a platform for some political speech. Speaking as though directly to Williams who left school at age 15 to follow her Hollywood dream, he said, “You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So, if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your god, and f**k off.”
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— Nathan Brand (@NathanBrandWA) January 6, 2020
Did she listen? Nope.
To be fair, this isn’t anything new for Williams.
In September at the 2019 Emmy Awards, when she won the Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role as Gwen Verdon in the FX series, Fosse/Verdon, she used that speech to speak about the Gender Pay Gap.
“Thank you so much to FX and Fox 21 Studios for supporting me completely and paying me equally because they understood that when you put value into a person, it empowers that person to get in touch with their own inherent value,” Williams said at the ceremony. “And then where do they put that value? They put it into her work.”
“So the next time a woman, and especially a woman of color, because she stands to make 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white male counterpart, tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her, believe her,” she added. “Because one day she might stand in front of you and say thank you for allowing her to succeed because of her workplace environment and not in spite of it.”
Williams won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie again for the role in Fosse/Verdun, but this time she decided to make her speech about abortion, electing more women, and voting for women’s interests… or something.
Sure, she can use that 2 minutes however she wants to, but it was that she made the speech about her previous abortion while she is pregnant.
Michelle Williams is one striking mom-to-be!
The actress, 39, shone at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night, keeping her baby bump under wraps in a one-shoulder peach-colored Louis Vuitton gown (which took 156 hours to create from start-to-finish!) as she walked the red carpet alongside fiancé Thomas Kail. The silk crepe design, inspired by the label’s Spring-Summer 2020 collection, also features an asymmetric and draped body with knotted details across the shoulders and a draped, cinched waistband. The Hamilton director, 42, looked dashing in a traditional suit…
— NBC Entertainment (@nbc) January 6, 2020
Michelle Williams, like the rest of us, has made mistakes in her life. She has had joy, has suffered, and has both had tremendous success and things she has wished she hadn’t done. But, at least she was given a life to live. She didn’t give that same opportunity to the child she aborted.
Williams starred in the 2010 Blue Valentine alongside Ryan Gossling. In that movie, Williams plays Cindy, a young woman who gets pregnant unexpectedly, chooses to terminate the pregnancy, and decides at the abortion clinic that she cannot go through with it. Gossling’s character, Dean, although he knows he is not likely the father, stands by her and they start a family together with Dean raising the child as his own. It wasn’t a “happily ever after” story, but at least there was some sort of acknowledgment that abortion ends a life. It must’ve been a difficult role for Williams to play knowing that she didn’t make the same choice.
Who knows what the precise situation was that forced a young woman who only completed the ninth grade to choose her baby or her acting career, but isn’t it ok to lament that she felt compelled to make that choice? Shouldn’t it be a sad thing that in La-La Land a young woman is primarily valued for her looks and her sex appeal (especially by the Harvey Weinsteins of the world) and that she believed that a baby would hold her back?
Although Williams may not see it this way, she has sacrificed her unborn child on the altar of stardom. How many more children have faced a similar fate?
This isn’t a thing to celebrate as a society, it’s a thing that should make us all mourn.