Tom Hiddleston apologizes for Golden Globes – ‘The Night Manager’ speech, but did he need to?
On Sunday night, we saw Tom Hiddleston win a Golden Globe for his role on AMC’s “The Night Manager,” and he delivered a speech that, while awkward, was certainly well-intentioned. He was trying to tell a story about how the purpose of actors is to bring joy to people around the world, but (apparently) to some it came off as self-indulgent as he spoke about how his show managed to provide a distraction for some relief workers in South Sudan.
Anyway, as a result of this criticism (we’ll give our opinion on that in a minute), we learned earlier today that Hiddleston issued an apology for his remarks via his official Facebook page:
“I just wanted to say… I completely agree that my speech at the Golden Globes last night was inelegantly expressed. In truth, I was very nervous, and my words just came out wrong. Sincerely, my only intention was to salute the incredible bravery and courage of the men and women who work so tirelessly for UNICEF UK, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and World Food Programme, and the children of South Sudan, who continue to find hope and joy in the most difficult conditions. I apologise that my nerves got the better of me.”
Let us now go on the record and say that the idea that Tom somehow needed to apologize for what he said may very well be one of the most ridiculous things ever. Everything he said came from a place of wanting to shine a light on true heroism; he wasn’t saying anything controversial, wasn’t being negative, and absolutely wasn’t hurting anyone. There are so many out there who are doing things a million times worse, and are not apologizing for it at all.
Cheers to Tom if he nonetheless wanted to clear the air after last night, but the idea that some people out there were genuinely upset by his speech is discouraging given that there are so many other things worth being upset about in the world. Take, for example, the talk about charity work in his speech, which most of us seem to be completely ignoring in favor of cynicism. Are we that desensitized to charity that we completely ignore it to talk about how his speech “came off”? If he’s doing important work, we do think he’s earned the right to come off as self-important here and there, especially when that’s not his intention.
We need to let out a deep sigh and get away from this before we rant further.
For now, let us know if you think Hiddleston needed to apologize for this in the comments. (Photo: AMC.)
Jennifer M. Black
January 10, 2017 @ 2:54 am
Tom Hiddleston is an amazingly sweet, generous, unselfish gentleman and the very idea that he needed to apologize for his acceptance speech is ludicrous. Shame on those who made him feel it was needed! I bet dollars to doughnuts that none of them even care about what’s happening in the Sudan. If they did, they’d be doing something about that instead of criticizing an actor for fumbling his words a little bit in a moment of stress.
January 10, 2017 @ 2:33 am
He really doesn’t need to apologize. And thank you for writing your support, willing to speak out against that mob mentality of the cynics.
January 10, 2017 @ 2:02 am
An apology was never needed. If people couldn’t tell how sincere and honest (and nervous!) he was, then that’s their issue. Tom has always tried to bring attention to situations that get little or no public notoriety because of his commitment to UNICEF and other organizations who try to do good in this world.
People need to get off their high judgemental horses.
January 10, 2017 @ 12:01 am
No way. Tom did not meed to apologize for anything. Ive heard alot of winners go all poltical more than once. Some ofvthem should have been call out but they weren’t.
Tom should not have had to apologize.
January 9, 2017 @ 11:39 pm
So many people doing awful things and then there’s Tom Hiddleston. Tom happily takes pics with fans. Fans and co-workers gush how nice he is. He works for UNICEF. And his apology is one more statement to his kindness. Please social media, leave Tom out of your negative poison. He’s one of the good ones.
January 9, 2017 @ 11:14 pm
He was obviously was caught by surprise. If you see the clip of his reaction, he was shocked. I think we can cut him a little slack for the awkwardness, his intentions were noble. Poor guy, he looked so sad when TMZ told him about the poor reception.