Maxine Waters Got A Standing Ovation At the MTV Movie & TV Awards
Paul Archuleta

It’s no secret that Rep. Maxine Waters is a juggernaut in politics.

As a representative for California’s 43rd congressional district, which includes parts of Los Angeles such as Inglewood, she’s consistently been vocal about the shortcomings of the current White House administration.

So, no one could have been a better presenter for the MTV Movie & TV Awards “Best Fight Against the System” honor than Waters. On Sunday, she presented the award to Taraji P. Henson, alongside Tracee Ellis Ross.


Before Waters could get a word out, the crowd gave her a spirited standing ovation for her commitment to the American people. 

As reported by The Hill, Ross thanked her for amplifying the voice of the people.

“I will take this moment to go off-script and say Congresswoman Maxine Waters thank you for your work,” Ross told the cheering crowd.

Henson also gave a inspiring speech when she stepped on stage. “No one ever told me that girls couldn’t do math and science, but there was an understanding, right?,” the Hidden Figures star said about the film that showed the plight of NASA geniuses Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson.

“There was an understanding that it was for boys. I remember getting this script [and] being very upset because I felt like a dream was stolen from me, and it became my mission, and everyone’s mission who was involved with this film, to dispel that myth, that another young girl would not grow up thinking that her mind wasn’t capable of grasping math and science.”

Adding, “The message of the movie is togetherness. I hate the separateness. I hate that it’s man versus woman, black versus white, gay versus straight. Whatever. We’re all humans, right?”