"Welcome ladies and remaining gentlemen."
#TimesUp, the initiative launched by 300 Hollywood actresses, writers, directors, agents, and advocates to combat sexual harassment not only in the entertainment industry, but in every pocket of the American working world, made a flashy debut at the 2018 Golden Globes in the form of a black-dress-and-pin protest sprinkled across the red carpet. The campaign made maximum impact, and set an unlikely tenor for an event best known for intoxicated celebrities and wild speeches.
Host Seth Meyers faced a challenge: how do you make this funny? Answer: By taking no prisoners.
"It's 2018: marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn't," Meyers said right off the bat. From there, the opening monologue was a string of scorching jokes roasting the perpetrators in the #TimesUp crosshairs and self-deprecating ribbing that addressed the elephant in the room: Seth Meyers, man, was the host of a show that needed to be dedicated to women.