Tom Hiddleston Apologized For His Awkward Golden Globes Speech

“My nerves got the better of me”

by daniel barna

The fallout from Meryl Streep’s powerful Golden Globes speech has dominated the news cycle Monday, but there’s been a major development in the other polarizing speech from Sunday night. Tom Hiddleston has apologized for his controversial Golden Globes acceptance speech after the Twiteratti derided it for being self-indulgent and tone-deaf.

While accepting the award for his work in The Night Manager, Hiddleston attempted to use the platform to discuss the humanitarian work he’s done in South Sudan. And though the speech began harmless enough, it took a puzzling turn when Hiddleston congratulated himself for providing “some relief and entertainment for people who are fixing the world in the places where it is broken.”

After the ceremony, Hiddleston seemed unaware of the backlash, when a TMZ reporter caught up with the actor outside L.A.'s Chateau Marmont and asked what he thought about the criticism. “I don’t know what they’ve said,” the actor responded. After being told that his speech was being called “self-indulgent,” a surprised Hiddleston doubled down, saying, "We all just have to do the best we can to help each other out,” before being whisked away by his handler.

Well, it seems that a good night’s sleep (or a frantic call from a publicist) has given Hiddleston a new perspective. “I just wanted to say… I completely agree that my speech at the Golden Globes last night was inelegantly expressed,” he wrote on Facebook, Monday.

“In truth, I was very nervous, and my words just came out wrong,” Hiddleston continued. “Sincerely, my only intention was to salute the incredible bravery and courage of the men and women who work so tirelessly for UNICEF UKDoctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and World Food Programme, and the children of South Sudan, who continue to find hope and joy in the most difficult conditions. I apologise that my nerves got the better of me.”

Hopefully, Christian Slater is satisfied.