Tom Hiddleston Apologizes For Golden Globes Speech
Tom Hiddleston apologized on Monday for his speech at the 2017 Golden Globes, which aimed to bring attention to the conflict in South Sudan, but was instead criticized and accused of being self-congratulatory.
While accepting the award for Best Actor in a Limited Series for The Night Manager, Hiddleston spoke about meeting a group of doctors and nurses from Doctors Without Borders during a recent trip to the war-torn nation of Sudan. Hiddleston revealed from the stage that the medical workers told him they’d binge-watched his TV series, adding, “The idea that I could provide, or 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.”
Hiddleston’s speech was largely mocked on social media by users who believed the actor’s remarks were self-indulgent. Many people argued that the actor was publicizing his own accomplishment of entertaining the doctors and nurses, as opposed to promoting the work that they’re doing. Following the controversy, Hiddleston released an apology on his official Facebook page.
“I just wanted to say… I completely agree that my speech at the Golden Globes last night was inelegantly expressed,” the actor began his post. “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.” Hiddleston concluded, “I apologise that my nerves got the better of me.” Watch Hiddleston’s Golden Globes speech below.