Tom Hiddleston apologizes for his ‘inelegant’ Golden Globes salute

Talent managers, agents and family members always get thanked during awards season. One constituency that doesn’t come up very often? Doctors Without Borders.

Tom Hiddleston took time during his acceptance speech to talk about humanitarian workers in war zones.

But that changed when Tom Hiddleston won the Golden Globe for best actor in a TV miniseries or movie for his work in AMC’s The Night Manager and gave a rambling shout-out to humanitarian aid workers from the group, who told him they binge-watched the series while working in South Sudan.

His good intentions were less enthusiastically received on Twitter, where viewers slammed his comments as self-congratulatory and trivializing.

The actor apologized Monday, writing on Facebook, “I completely agree that my speech at the Golden Globes last night was inelegantly expressed. In truth, I was very nervous, and my words just came out wrong.

“Sincerely, my only intention was to salute the incredible bravery and courage of the men and women who work so tirelessly … And the children of South Sudan, who continue to find hope and joy in the most difficult conditions.”.

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Hiddleston’s Globes speech Sunday night recalled a recent trip to South Sudan on behalf of the United Nations Children’s Fund, during which a group from Médecins Sans Frontières stopped by to say hello. “The idea that we could provide some relief and entertainment for the people … Who are fixing the world in the places where it’s broken, well, this is lovely,” he told the crowd.

Contributing: Kim Willis.

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