Two days after Trump was sworn in as the United States’ 45th President, women’s protests have begun across most states; condeming the new President for his mysoginistic views, and ultimately, his presidency. According to the BBC, the biggest US rally in Washington was more than 500,000 strong.
Elsewhere, in the United Kingdom, more than 100,000 protestors have taken part in a London rally. Many others also gathered in various cities around the UK – promoting the same message as the US protests. Australia, New Zealand and in several Asian cities have also joined in on the act; denouncing Trump and his views.
Many celebrities have joined this defiance, including several A-listers; Madonna, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson, Cher, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Emma Watson to name only a few, even including Ivanka Trump’s brother-in-law, Joshua Kushner, who claimed to be “observing” rather than taking part.
Singing icon Madonna made a fiery, empassionate speech in the midst of this rally. Thanks to Glamour, a transcript has been made:
“Hello. Are you still awake out there? Are you sure about that? Can you hear me? Are you ready to shake up up the world?
Welcome to the revolution of love. To the rebellion. To our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny. Where not just women are in danger but all marginalized people. Where people uniquely different might be considered a crime. It took us this darkness to wake us the fuck up.
It seems as though we had all slipped into a false sense of comfort. That justice would prevail and that good would win in the end. Well, good did not win this election but good will win in the end. So what today means is that we are far from the end. Today marks the beginning, the beginning of our story. The revolution starts here. The fight for the right to be free, to be who we are, to be equal. Let’s march together through this darkness and with each step. Know that we are not afraid. That we are not alone, that we will not back down. That there is power in our unity and that no opposing force stands a chance in the face of true solidarity.
And to our detractors that insist that this March will never add up to anything, fuck you. Fuck you. It is the beginning of much needed change. Change that will require sacrifice, people. Change that will require many of us to make different choices in our lives, but this is the hallmark of revolution. So my question to you today is are you ready? I said, are you ready? Say yes, we are ready. Say, yes we are ready. One more time: you’re ready.
Yes, I’m angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot of blowing up the White House, but I know that this won’t change anything. We cannot fall into despair. As the poet, W.H. Auden once wrote on the eve of World War II: We must love one another or die.
I choose love. Are you with me? Say this with me: We choose love. We choose love. We choose love.”
Quite a speech. Although, it remains to be seen whether this speech will impact Trump’s presidency, or will it fade into obscurity? Regardless, the point made in the speech will need to be addressed before America can be reunited, instead of the continued divide that now faces the country.