The Golden Globes 2017 brought us a lot of notable moments, such as Ryan Reynolds and Andrew Garfield’s kiss and Meryl Streep’s speech about humanity. But there were also moments that we wish had never happened or were wiped out from our memories like we were struck with Hermione Granger’s best Memory Spell – such as Tom Hiddleston’s acceptance speech.
On Sunday night, Jan. 9, Tom Hiddleston was one of the big winners as he took home the Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Motion Picture Award for his role in The Night Manager.
The actor thanked a lot of people in his life and then began telling a story about his humanitarian work in South Sudan. That’s when things got a little… awkward.
“I recently went to South Sudan, which is the youngest country in the world, in East Africa. With the United Nations Children’s Fund. I do a little bit of work with them to spread the word as fast as I can. It’s a terrible situation for children there,” Hiddleston told the audience.
Then he continued, bringing the attention back to his TV show: “The Night Manager is about arms dealing, and there are far too many arms coming into South Sudan.”
The actor then said that some doctors and medical workers went up to him and told him they binge-watched The Night Manager in the months that they worked in the country.
“The idea that I could, or that we could, provide some relief and entertainment for people who work for Unicef and Médecins Sans Frontières and the World Food Programme, who are fixing the world in the places where it was broken, made me immensely proud,” he said.
Hiddleston’s seemingly insensitive and arrogant speech drew backlash as people reacted negatively online.
TOM HIDDLESTON: Listen to my speech about Sudan
HIDDLESTON: …and how it proves my TV show was good.
AUDIENCE: Oh no.
— Freddie Campion (@FreddieCampion) January 9, 2017
— VzA (@ValerieComplex) January 9, 2017
Tom hiddleston’s speech was the embodiment of white people self-centerism. I’m surprised he and taylor swift didnt work out
— barbara (@miasanrich) January 9, 2017
Christian Slater during Tom Hiddleston’s speech bragging about Doctors Without Borders binge-watching his show is all of us#GoldenGlobes
— Jillian🙅🏻Sederholm (@JillianSed)
January 9, 2017
I see T-Hiddle’s white saviour complex is still alive and well. 🙊
— bellezzamortale 🌵 (@bellezzavitale) January 9, 2017
On Monday, the 35-year-old actor took to Facebook to apologize over his “inelegant” speech, explaining that his nerves got the best of him when he received his first Golden Globes.
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,” Hiddleston wrote.
He also explained that his intention was only to “salute the incredible bravery and courage” of the people working in South Sudan.