Over the weekend, Scandal’s Kerry Washington was honored with the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards and gave an epic speech advocating for more “inclusive storytelling” and “inclusive representation” both in front and behind the camera.
Before she started her speech, she made note that it would cause some controversy, stating, “On Monday morning, people are going to click a link to hear what that woman from Scandal said at that awards show, and so, I think some stuff needs to be said.”
Washington then went on to deliver a speech that discussed equal rights for all citizens and how to make that a reality in media. She acknowledged that “access to basic liberties” are denied to many worldwide and noted how
Women, poor people, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, trans people, intersex people…have been pitted against each other and made to feel like there are limited seats at the table for those of us who fall into the category of “other.” As a result we have become afraid of one another, we compete with one another, we judge one another. As others we are taught that to be successful we must reject those other others, or we will never belong.”
Her full speech You can watch the speech in its entirety below.