Taraji P. Henson Talks About “Separateness” at the MTV Movie & TV Awards
Actress, Taraji P. Henson accepted the MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Fight Against the System for the film Hidden Figures. She accepted the award alone, however mentioned her "sisters" and costars Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe who were not in attendance.
Henson's speech was centered around "separateness." Her and her costars had "... an understanding that [math and science] was for boys. I remember getting this script [and] being very upset because I felt like a dream was stolen from me, and it became my mission, and everyone's mission who was involved with this film, to dispel that myth, that another young girl would not grow up thinking that her mind wasn't capable of grasping math and science.” She explains that the importance of the movie is bigger than her and her costars, as it is a "...part of history that needed to be re-implemented in the blood and veins of American history [because]... if it was not for these women, we would not be in space.”
Henson concludes with, "I hate the separateness. I hate that it's man versus woman, black versus white, gay versus straight. Whatever. We're all humans, right?"
Watch her full speech here.