Seth Meyers' Golden Globes Monologue Was About as Good as a White Man Could Do

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The Golden Globes are officially underway! And after so much anticipation over what host Seth Meyers would possibly talk about in his opening monologue, it’s safe to say that he was...fine.

Meyers didn’t have the easiest job (let’s be real—a woman probably should have hosted, something Meyers referenced). Attempting to make jokes about the broad issue of sexual harassment in the industry as a straight white guy seems like it was meant to fail. And as a concept, giving something so serious the “topical zinger” treatment does kind of fail! But Meyers did as well as he could have.

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One thing that helped Meyers is that he did not hold back when it came to Harvey Weinstein (the “elephant not in the room”) and Kevin Spacey, although it would have been truly something if he didn’t totally eviscerate them.

Meyers then went on to do a bit where he set up a joke and various minority actors and actresses (Hong Chau, Billy Eichner, Issa Rae, etc.) said the punchline, because it would have been weird for Meyers, a white dude, to make such jokes. It was well-intentioned but still a bit awkward. All in all, Meyers did the best he could with his jabs at Trump and terrible Hollywood men, meaning he did the bare minimum. But it would have been a much bigger statement to have had someone else (ahem, a woman) take on the duties.

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