On Sunday night, Tom Hiddleston—actor, British person, and former Taylor Swift flame—won a Golden Globe for his role in the miniseries The Night Manager, which is a thriller whose central villain is an arms dealer.
Hiddleston then got up and told what he clearly thought was an extremely inspiring speech.
He said that he was recently with aid workers in South Sudan, where arms dealing has helped fuel deadly conflict. “Ah,” viewers surely thought, “he’s making a speech about the need to curb arms dealing around the world. Good for him!”
Wrong! The point of the story was that some aid workers in South Sudan came up to him and told him they’d recently watched The Night Manager. Hmmm.
“The idea that I could provide or that we could provide some relief and entertainment for the people…who are fixing the world in the places where it is broken made me immensely proud,” he said.
Tom Hiddleston, the real hero, everyone.
Christian Slater’s, shall we say, pensive reaction spoke volumes.
UPDATE: TMZ caught up with Hiddleston to ask him about the fact that his speech was, without question, the worst thing that happened at the Golden Globes. Hiddleston was surprised that anyone had a problem with it…which says a lot.
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.
This doesn’t exactly address the fact that Hiddleston’s story was ultimately about people watching his television show, but it’s something, I guess.