When Stranger Things won the SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, the awesomeness began.
While the kids of Stranger Things jumped around all over the place, unable to contain their excitement, Ryder was clearly shocked.
Then the cast gathered on stage and Ryder’s co-star David Harbour gave his empowered speech.
“In light of all that is going on in the world today, it is difficult to celebrate the already-celebrated Stranger Things,” Habour said.
Meanwhile, Ryder was all…
Habour continued, “But this award from you, who take your craft seriously and earnestly believe — like me — that great acting can change the world, is a call to arms from our fellow craftsmen and women to go deeper and through our art, to battle against fear, self-centeredness and the exclusivity of a predominantly narcissistic culture and through our craft to cultivate a more empathetic and understanding society by revealing intimate truths that serve as a forceful reminder to folks that when they feel broken and afraid and tired, they are not alone. We are united in that we are all human beings and we are all together on this horrible, painful, joyous, exciting and mysterious ride that is being alive.”
“Now, as we act in the continuing narrative of Stranger Things, we 1983 Midwesterners will repel bullies. We will shelter freaks and outcasts, those who have no home. We will get past the lies. We will hunt monsters. And when we are at a loss amidst the hypocrisy and casual violence of certain individuals and institutions, we will, as per Chief Jim Hopper, punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy what we have envisioned for ourselves and the marginalized. And we will do it all with soul, with heart, and with joy. We thank you for this responsibility!”
Let’s just all agree that as powerful as Harbour’s speech was, I’m so glad I got to end my night with Ryder’s expressions.
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