Comedian Hannah Gadsby delivered a message to the ‘good men’ of the world and entertainment industry on Wednesday (5 December).
The Hollywood Reporter chose Gadsby to deliver the welcome speech at its annual Women in Entertainment event.
‘I’ve decided to use this opportunity to speak about men,’ she begins as the room breaks out into slightly nervous laughter. ‘Because they need more attention, and who better to give them that?’
Gadsby then leans towards the microphone and says: ‘Specifically, I want to speak about the good men.’
‘You’re going to regret that clap,’ she says in response to the audience applauding.
What follows is a eye-opening and incinerating speech about ‘the good men who take it upon themselves to talk about the bad men’.
This moment in history
‘The last thing I need right now in this moment in history is have to listen to men monologue about misogyny and how other men should just stop being “creepy,”‘ she continues, referring to the ‘Jimmys’ and ‘Davids’ of late night.
‘As if that’s the problem.’
Gadsby describes that ‘good men’, in speaking about misogyny, put ‘bad men’ into two categories. The first category consists of men like Harvey Weinstein or Bill Cosby. The second category, however, are ‘FOJs’ or Friends of Jimmy, apparent ‘good men who simply misread the rules’.
With an impassioned tone, Gadsby discusses how ‘good men’ draw the line for their actions and the actions of ‘bad men’.
‘And guess what?’ she asks. ‘All men believe they are good.’
Then Gadsby makes her point: ‘Women should be in control of that line, no questions.’
It doesn’t end there, however. Gadsby also says the men in her speech should be replaced with white people, straight, cis, able-bodied, neurotypical, etc.
Earlier this year, Gadsby took the world by storm with her comedy special Nanette. As in this relatively short speech, her comedy special also reveals deep, uncomfortable truths and makes viewers think.