While accepting an award for her work in the LGBT community, Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway blasted the "privilege" she says white, straight people experience over other people groups in the United States.
Hathaway accepted the National Equality Award at the Human Rights Campaign’s National Dinner, according to the New York Post.
What did she say?
Speaking to the ladies, gentlemen, and "gentlethem," the Oscar award-winning actress denounced the method to which she rose to become an internationally recognized actress, citing her "particular type of visibility," referring to her race and sexuality.
"It is important to acknowledge that with the exception of being a cisgender male, everything about how I was born has put me at the current center of a damaging and widely accepted myth. That myth is that gayness orbits around straightness, transgender orbits around cisgender, and that all races orbit around whiteness," Hathaway said.
"This myth is wrong, but this myth is too real for too many," she added. "It is ancient, so it is trusted. It is a habit, so it is assumed to be the way things are. It’s inherited, so it’s thought immutable. Its consequences are dangerous because it prioritizes a certain kind of love, a certain kind of body, a certain kind of skin color, and does not value in the same way anything it deems to be other to itself."
Hathaway went on to encourage the LGBT community — of which her older, gay brother is a member — and said she will work with them to destroy the "myth" she described.
"I appreciate this community because together we are not going to just question this myth, we are going to destroy it," she said. "Let’s tear this world apart and build a better one."
Hathaway, a longtime ally of the LGBT community, is a United Nations Women Goodwill ambassador.