(LOS ANGELES) — When Joaquin Phoenix won best actor for his role in Joker, he used his winding speech to speak about a number of causes he is passionate about and speak about finding unity.
“I think that whether we’re talking about gender inequality or racism or queer rights or indigenous rights or animal rights, we’re talking about the fight against injustice — we’re talking about the fight against the belief that one nation, one race, one gender or one species has the right to dominate, control and use and exploit another with impunity,” he said.
“I think that we’ve become very disconnected from the natural world…what we’re guilty of is an egocentric world view — the belief that we’re the center of the universe,” Phoenix said. “We go into the natural world, and we plunder it for its resources. We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow, and when she gives birth we steal her baby. Even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. And then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal.”
Phoenix said that he believes sometimes people “fear the idea of personal change because we think that we have to sacrifice something to give something up.”
“But human beings, at our best, are so inventive and creative and ingenious, and I think that when we use love and compassion as our guiding principles. We can create, develop and implement systems of change that are beneficial to all sent yet beings and to the environment.”
Joker won two Academy Awards, Best Actor and Best Original Music Score. It was favored to win Best Picture, but lost to Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite.
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