Hannah Gadsby calls out Hollywood's 'good men' in viral speech


The Australian comedian is sick of "good men" giving their "hot take" on misogyny.

Tasmanian comedian Hannah Gadsby has told a gathering of women that 'good men' should not be allowed to define right and wrong. 

"I want to speak about the very big problem I have with the good men, especially the good who take it upon themselves to talk about the bad men," the Nanette creator began her speech at the Hollywood Reporter's annual Women in Entertainment event. 

Referring to the 'Jimmys' of the world and the 'Friends of Jimmys', she said listening to their monologues was "incredibly irritating". 

"My issue is that when good men talk about bad men they always ignore the line in the sand," she said. "The line in the sand that is inevitably drawn whenever a good man talks about bad men. 'I am a good man, here is the line, there are all the bad men.'"

“We need to talk about how men will draw a different line for every different occasion. They have a line for the locker room, a line for when their wives, mothers, sisters, daughters are watching, another line for when they’re drunk and fratting, another line for non-disclosure, a line for friends and a line for foes,” she added.

“You know why we need to talk about this line between good men and bad men? Because it’s only good men who get to draw that line,” Gadsby continued. “And guess what? All men believe they are good.

'This world—a world full of good men who do very bad things and still believe in their heart of hearts that they are good men because they have not crossed the line, because they move the line for their own good. Women should be in control of that line, no question."

The speech drew huge applause from the mostly-female audience and video of the speech has gone viral on social media. 

Many social media users praised the speech, but there was also criticism from mostly men, calling her a "poor champion for #metoo" and accusing her of "womansplaining". 

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