23rd Annual Webby Awards: Here Are Some of the Winners’ 5-Word Speeches

Actress and comedian Jenny Slate hosted the event

Jenny Slate hosting the 23rd Annual Webby Awards
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The 23rd Annual Webby Awards ceremony took place Monday night at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, complete with the traditional five-word speeches from winners, including Webby Special Achievement Awards honorees.

Actress and comedian Jenny Slate served as the event’s host for the first time.

Internet co-founder Vint Cerf was on hand to mark the 50th anniversary of the internet, saying, “I expect you to keep inventing that future and making it safe and secure and advantageous for all of us.”

And Webby Awards executive director Claire Graves said in a release, “So many of tonight’s winners represent the promise of the internet: the ability to unite people all over the world in pursuit of something better. This is the internet we want.”

The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences shared some of the five-word speeches by Monday’s night’s winners:

  • Issa Rae: “Stop believing stupid people, shit.”
  • Michael Douglas: “My kids think it’s hilarious.”
  • Greta Thunberg: “Act now or face disaster.”
  • Desus Nice and The Kid Mero: “Shoutout to the Bronx! Y’heard!”
  • Gritty: “It pronounced wooder, not water.”
  • Tierra Whack: “Weird hype and creative kids.”
  • Sean Evans: “Season nine premieres next week.”
  • Jimmy Fallon: “Questlove is DJing the afterparty.”
  • Monica Lewinsky: “Unbelievably grateful, click with kindness.”
  • Hasan Minhaj: “This is going on eBay.”
  • Emily Weiss: “Look mom, art school worked!”
  • DeRay Mckesson: “We will win one day.”
  • Girl vs. Cancer: “Go check your fucking boobs.”
  • Fulton Leroy Washington: “Enough. End mass incarceration now.”
  • OceanX: “Try finding that on Mars.”
  • Pepsi: “Bubbly—these sips don’t lie.”
  • Girls Who Code: “Stop sexual harassment in tech.”
  • ACLU: “Great stories make people change.”
  • Chani Nicholas: “Love and protect each other.”
  • Mr. Rogers Neighborhood “Won’t you be my neighbor.”
  • Leavingstone, Levan Lepsveridze and Meli Badgavadze: “Meli, will you marry me?”

Finally, some of the five-word speeches from advertising winners appear below:

 

 

 

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