“As human beings, we should resist in the streets, resist in the ballot box and practice love and empathy in our every day lives,” asserted The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story executive producer Brad Simpson tonight as the self described “disruptive” FX series won the Best Limited Series or TV Movie award at the Golden Globes.
“Our show is a period piece but those forces are not historical, they are here, they’re with us and we must resist,” the EP said on said on-stage at the Beverly Hilton is one of the strongest political statements of a relatively Donald Trump free ceremony.
The Emmy winning 1990s set Versace was up against Showtime’s Escape At Dannemora, Amazon’s A Very English Scandal, HBO’s Sharp Objects and TNT’s The Alienist on Sunday in the category.
A big winner at the Emmys last year, the second installment of the also EP’d Ryan Murphy and Nina Jacobson anthology was a winner earlier tonight with Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film for Darren Criss. The former Glee star and Emmy winner played the fashion designer’s killer Andrew Cunanan in the drama based on Maureen Orth’s 1999 book on the shooting and the subsequent investigation.
“Gianni Versace was murdered 20 years ago,’ Simpson said tonight surrounded by Murphy, Jacobson, Criss, and other cast and creative from Assassination. “He was one of the very few public figures to be out during a time of intense hate and fear. This was the era of ‘don’t Ask, don’t tell’ it was the Defense of Marriage Act era. Those forces of hate and fear are still with us.”
“They tell us we should be scared of people who are different of us,” Simpson noted in clear reference to the current occupant of the White House and the politics of division the former Celebrity Apprentice host has stoked. “They tell us we should put walls around ourselves. As artists, we must fight back by representing those who are not represented.”
Watch the speech above.
The 76th Golden Globes also saw big wins for fellow FX series The Americans, Vice and Green Book tonight.