Anne Hathaway Gets Honest About Privilege In A Powerful Acceptance Speech

"Let’s tear this world apart and build a better one."

The Human Rights Campaign awarded Anne Hathaway with the National Ally for Equality Award at the LGBTQ rights organization's National Dinner this weekend. During her speech, the actress and activist spoke honestly about privilege.

"It is important to acknowledge with the exception of being a cisgender male, everything about how I was born has put me at the current center of a damaging and widely-accepted myth," Hathaway said, according to the New York Post. "That myth is that gayness orbits around straightness, transgender orbits around cisgender, and that all races orbit around whiteness."


These comments earned cheers from the crowd, as the actress went on to call it "a myth that keeps money and power in the hands of the few instead of being invested in the lives of the free." She added that the LGBTQ community helped her "reject" such a myth. "I appreciate this community because together we are not going to just question this myth, we are going to destroy it," she said.

"Authentic equality doesn't prioritize sexual orientation. It doesn't put any one gender or race at the center. It doesn't erase our identities either," Hathway continued. "What it does do is centralize love. And when love is fully centralized, every door opens for everybody."

"Let's tear this world apart and build a better one," Hathaway told the crowd.

It's not the first time the actress has discussed the issue of privilege. Earlier this year, she shared a passionate Instagram post responding to the murder of an 18-year-old Black woman named Nia Long in Oakland, California. "White people- including me, including you- must take into the marrow of our privileged bones the truth that ALL black people fear for their lives DAILY in America and have done so for GENERATIONS," the actress wrote. "White people DO NOT have equivalence for this fear of violence."

Hathaway has also been outspoken about topics such as environmentalism, body shaming, and gender inequality — not to mention the work for LGBTQ rights, which earned her this year's award.

"Through her incredible talent and bold activism, Anne Hathaway uses her global platform to stand up for the LGBTQ community," said HRC President Chad Griffin, according to Yahoo. "From speaking out against discriminatory legislation targeting the LGBTQ community to her leadership on workplace equality for women, Anne is making a real difference in the lives of countless people around the globe."

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