Princess Diana‘s impact is still felt two decades after her tragic passing.
The late British royal’s son Prince Harry accepted Attitude magazine’s Legacy Award on her behalf Thursday evening, an honor bestowed upon Princess Diana for her extensive efforts in fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Harry graced the stage The Virgin Holidays Attitude Awards in London, offering a poignant speech on his beloved mother’s groundbreaking activism. Princess Diana was one of the first public figures to be photographed interacting physically with AIDS victims—a decision that helped destigmatize and lessen the public’s fear around the condition.
“In April of 1987, my mother was only 25-years-old,” he recalled. “She was still finding her way in public life, but already she felt a responsibility to shine her spotlight on the people and issues that were often ignored.”
Prince Harry continued, “She knew that AIDS was one of things that many wanted to ignore and seemed like a hopeless challenge. She knew that the misunderstanding of this relatively new disease was creating a dangerous situation when mixed with homophobia.”
“People were ostracized from their communities and sometimes from their families simply for being ill,” the 33-year-old said. “Staff who treated the ill were themselves often turned away from local barbers or restaurants even though it was proven that HIV could not be passed on from casual contact.”
“We faced the very real risk that thousands would die in the U.K, including many young gay men of her generation without making any progress towards treatment of the disease,” he remarked.
Harry then commented on his mother’s efforts to combat the now-archaic notion that the disease could be passed from simple physical contact.
“So when that April she shook the hand of a 32-year-old man with HIV in front of the cameras, she knew exactly what she was doing,” he said in the speech. “She was using her position as Princess of Wales, the most famous woman in the world, to challenge everyone to educate themselves, to find their compassion and reach out to those need help instead of pushing them away.”
Prince Harry concluded his tribute, “In the years that followed that famous handshake, her work continued both in public and private… She wanted the world to know the stories of those who were dying.”
Published at Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:56:00 +0000
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Hanks said he “never worked with Harvey.” But when columnist Maureen Dowd asked the Forrest Gump actor why Hollywood spent decades protecting the producer despite knowing of his allegations, Hank responded with the following:
“Well, that’s a really good question and isn’t it part and parcel to all of society somehow, that people in power get away with this?” he responded. “Look, I don’t want to rag on Harvey but so obviously something went down there.”
The Oscar-winning actor also didn’t seem convinced by the statement Weinstein released claiming, “I came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then.”
“You can’t buy, ‘Oh, well, I grew up in the ’60s and ’70s and so therefore. …’ I did, too,” Hanks said. “So I think it’s like, well, what do you want from this position of power? I know all kinds of people that just love hitting on, or making the lives of underlings some degree of miserable, because they can.”
The Cast Away actor continued to explain that people sometimes feel entitled by their achievements.
“Somebody great said this, either Winston Churchill, Immanuel Kant or Oprah: ‘When you become rich and powerful, you become more of what you already are,'” Hanks said.
He added, “So I would say, there’s an example of how that’s true. Just because you’re rich and famous and powerful doesn’t mean you aren’t in some ways a big fat a–.”
Hanks then corrected himself.
“Excuse me, take away ‘fat,'” The Toy Story star said. “But I’m not, you know, I’m not the first person to say Harvey’s a bit of an a–. Poor Harvey—I’m not going to say poor Harvey, Jesus. “Isn’t it kind of amazing that it took this long?”
Hanks also mentioned his fondness for Ashley Judd, who came forward in The New York Times article detailing the sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein. In the article, Judd claimed Weinstein invited her to a breakfast meeting at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel about 20 years ago. But instead of conducting a meeting, Judd claimed Weinstein invited her to his hotel room and then asked her to let him give her a massage and to watch him shower.
“I’m reading it and I’m thinking ‘You can’t do that to Ashley Judd! Hey, I like her. Don’t do that. That ain’t fair. Not her, come on. Come on!'” Hanks continued.
In a statement to E! News, Weinstein’s attorney Charles J. Harder said The New York Times article was “saturated with false and defamatory statements.”
Published at Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:40:00 +0000