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Reneé Rapp Addressed The "Privileged" Audience Of The GLAAD Awards, And Called For A Ceasefire In Gaza

You probably know Reneé Rapp, a singer-songwriter and actor who starred in the Max comedy series The Sex Lives of College Girls.

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Well, Reneé had an acceptance speech with a very particular message prepared just in case she received a GLAAD Award, and of course, she won.

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The 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards was a star-studded night of celebrities, art, activism, and awareness for LGBTQ+ people.

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Niecy Nash-Betts received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award and Oprah the Vanguard Award for their activism through their entertainment careers.

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Three people on stage at an award show; one in a ruffled red outfit, another in a patterned blazer, and a presenter speaking
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Oprah Winfrey in a business attire receiving an award from a woman on stage

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At the same time, TV and movies like Bottoms and Ted Lasso received awards for Outstanding Film and Comedy Series for their LGBTQ+ representation within their cast and storylines.

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And individually, the GLAAD Awards awarded performers like David Archuleta and Reneé for their visibility and representation as queer artists.

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On Thursday night, I witnessed Kate Hudson perform her live song for the first time, which I assumed would be one of the most talked about events. Instead, Reneé took an opportunity to call for a ceasefire in Gaza during her acceptance speech, and now it's viral.

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After receiving the award for Oustanding Music Artist, the "Not My Fault" singer addressed the "privileged" audience with a message.

As she accepted the award, she reminded everyone of her press run for Mean Girls, where she was criticized, or meme'd for her no-holds-barred responses to interview questions. Then, she called upon her peers in entertainment.

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"We are very influential and very privileged people, which is exciting and also a huge privilege to be a part of that," she began. "Having said that, I'd like to take the opportunity to show support and call for an immediate ceasefire and permanent ceasefire in Gaza."

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"Please continue to advocate for yourselves. Continue to advocate for your friends — for your queer friends and those who can't advocate for themselves. Thanks!"

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The 34th Annual GLAAD Awards will air on Hulu on March 29.