The Academy Awards is typically a night filled with glitz, glamour, and Hollywood elitism. But last night, actress Michelle Yeoh used her historic win to send a message to a certain CNN host.
Yeoh made history as the first Asian lead actress to win an Academy Award for her performance in “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” During her acceptance speech, she spoke directly to the camera and said, “For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibilities.” She then continued with an inspiring message for women, “And ladies, don’t let anybody tell you you’re ever past your prime. Never give up.”
Many viewers, including conservative voices, interpreted Yeoh’s comments as a direct hit on CNN host Don Lemon. Lemon has been widely criticized for his remarks about women being past their prime in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. Yeoh’s powerful words were a reminder that women can achieve greatness at any age, and that they should never let anyone hold them back.
Yeoh’s speech struck a chord with many people, including conservative commentator Stephanie Hamill. Hamill took to Twitter to ask if Yeoh’s comments were directed at Lemon, which sparked a firestorm of debate on social media. Even NPR TV critic Eric Deggans weighed in, saying that Yeoh’s words were clearly intended as “shade for Don Lemon.”
The truth is, Yeoh’s message was not just for Lemon, but for all women who have been told that they are too old, too inexperienced, or too anything to achieve their dreams. It’s a message that resonates with conservative values of hard work, determination, and personal responsibility.
In a night that was filled with self-congratulatory speeches and political grandstanding, Yeoh’s words were a breath of fresh air. They reminded us that the American dream is alive and well, and that anyone can achieve greatness if they work hard enough.
So, to all the little boys and girls watching at home, and to all the women who have been told that they are past their prime, Michelle Yeoh has a message for you: never give up, and never let anyone hold you back.