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Many Disagree That Seth Meyers Is the Right 'Feminist' to Host Golden Globes

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Forbes asserted that Meyers was the right feminist to host the Golden Globes, so Twitter offered suggestions of actual women who could do the job.

It's true that late-night host Seth Meyers has been a voice of reason since the 2016 presidential election, and he's a fine, if not uninspired, choice to host the Golden Globes this January.

But a headline on Forbes that read "The Golden Globes Need a Feminist Host This Year, and Seth Meyers Fits the Bill" lit Twitter up with responses about actual female feminists who are fully qualified to host the major awards precursor to the Academy Awards.

"Meyers, whose comedic style frequently resembles a frustrated academic more than a late-night comedian, was considered by some too depressing, or at least too mild of a personality, to emcee such a celebratory event," Forbes asserted about the decision to have Meyers to host the event. "But, when taking into account the onslaught of sexual harassment charges reported from Hollywood, Meyers, who has repeatedly proven himself to be a feminist ally, is the perfect person to stand behind the mic." Still, those on Twitter begged to differ.

The Globes, which doles out awards for film and television while celebrities gather around tables loaded with food and Veuve Cliquot, has always been the Oscars' fun cousin, so much so that the event only began using a host within the last decade.

Ricky Gervais hosted three times before Amy Poehler and Tina Fey shared hosting duties for three years running; the next year went back to Gervais before the powers that be handed the gig to Donald Trump's hair rumpler, Jimmy Fallon.

But it would seem that the Globes is satisfied with male hosts even during the most politically charged year for women in ages and even with deeply feminist, female-led shows like The Handmaid's Tale and Big Little Lies sweeping this year's Emmys. And if that weren't enough, Fey and Poehler's hosting years earned higher ratings than any of the broadcasts hosted by Gervais or Fallon.

This January, the Globes will return for the third year in a row with a male host following the heyday of Fey and Poehler, and that's just fine with some, including Forbes, because Meyers is the right man to take on sexual predation in Hollywood? Meyers, to his credit, has been an outspoken defender of women, while skewering the likes of serial sexual predators like Harvey Weinstein, Roy Moore, and Charlie Rose -- but in a year when women spearheaded protest with the Women's March and the #MeToo movement, is Meyers really "the perfect person to stand behind the mic?"

Since Forbes threw down the "feminist" hosting gig gauntlet, folks on Twitter offered up a few suggestions of their own. One tweeter, writer and activist Charles Clymer, devised a thorough and thoughtful list in their allotted 240 characters per tweet.

Among the faves on their list is the titular host of Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, whose particular brand of searing anti-Trump humor is, for some, the only way to sit through the news.

Also, Sarah Silverman is long overdue for a major hosting gig of any sort, although networks likely fear that her unchained, dark humor might go too far.

Girls Trip's breakout star Tiffany Haddish recently hosted Saturday Night Live to great acclaim. She's not as outwardly political as Bee or Silverman, but she did a great job of tackling sexual harassment with just a few punch lines.

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.
Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.