Last night’s Golden Globes was (rightfully so) all about our celebrity women giving the creeps of Hollywood a big “EFF YOU” in a black dress. It was also about women standing in solidarity with each other. Speaking of women standing in solidarity with each other, everyone loves them some Tonya Harding. Sure, she miiiiight have been involved in trying to cripple her ice-skating opponent Nancy Kerrigan before the 1994 Winter Olympics. But that was decades ago! And it was totally her skeevy ex or something. I, Tonya was nominated for several Golden Globes last night and the film’s inspiration was there to bask in the adulation.
People reports that Allison Janney won a supporting actress Golden Globe last night for her portrayal of Tonya’s scary mom and made sure to thank Tonya and celebrate her “individuality” in her acceptance speech. Allison portrayed Tonya’s nasty mom, LaVona Golden, who allegedly forced Tonya into ice-skating and encouraged questionable tactics in her quest for the gold. Tonya herself was an inspiration to Ms. Janney.
“I would just like to thank Tonya [Harding] for sharing her story,” Janney said during her acceptance speech, pointing out the Olympic figure skater sitting in the audience. “What I love about this movie… what this movie did is tell a story about class in America, tell a story about the disenfranchised, tell the story about a woman who was not embraced for her individuality, tell a story about truth and the perception of truth in the media and truths we all tell ourselves…. It’s an extraordinary movie and I’m so proud of it.”
Tonya IS an individual. Those crispy bangs she sported back in the 90s, and her fierce refusal to let the toothy prom queen win the medal sets her apart from all past and present Olympic champions. What Allison neglected to mention was Tonya’s role as mother of our current long-term, reality television, “Americans are trashy” media nightmare.
1994 was a banner year for trashy behavior. Tonya, her ex, the mom, the toothy prom queen screaming “WHY ME?“, The Little Ukranian Who Could (Oksana Baiul) – they were the crazy characters in a real-life drama that was WAY more interesting than any soap opera. If you think about it, Tonya preceded the Kardashians, the Real Housewives, American Idol, something called Revenge Body, and the rest of it. Wow, why are we not more angry with Tonya Harding for spawning all of that?
Check out more pics of Tonya Harding at the Golden Globes below.