Janet Jackson gave a powerful speech, which made a subtle reference to the Me Too era, as she accepted the Global Icon award at the MTV European Music Awards on Sunday.
The musical legend, 52, revealed that she had been a victim of gender inequality despite her success.
“I accept this award with profound gratitude. To be called an icon is a tremendous honor, but one that comes with a tremendous responsibility,” Jackson said. “Tonight I speak for women whose voices have been stifled. I am one of those women.”
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She continued, “Women who have been gagged – both literally and emotionally. Women who have been abused, women who have been intimidated, women who have lived in fear, I stand with you. You are my sisters.”
Jackson touched the individuals who shared their Me Too stories and the hope that the world will continue to listen. “Tonight, I carry the hope that a new world is emerging,” the 52-year-old said. “A world in which caring people, male as well as female, will no longer tolerate gender inequality.”
“Women, our voices will be heard when we speak out for justice,” Jackson exclaimed. “Speak out for the spirit, speak out for a spirit that crosses all borders, recognizes the dignity of all people and affirms the beauty of all faiths.”
Watch the acceptance speech below.