Photo by Caroline Watkins
Tick-tock, tick-tock...time is UP ladies and gentlemen!
At the Golden Globes this past weekend, a sea of superstars arrived on the red carpet, donning designer dresses, elaborate hairstyles and eye-catching accessories.
However, the annual award show appeared to look a bit different this year; instead of the carpet being accented with extravagant dresses of every color, shape and size, only one color consumed the carpet—black.
This color-coordinating scheme between the lady celebrities was no coincidence; the A-listers wore their own version of a LBD to raise awareness for the #Time'sUp movement that has been becoming more and more popular in Hollywood since this past November.
The movement was founded in response to the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault cases and the powerful #MeToo movement on social media; it also promotes gender equality in the workplace.
The Time's Up movement initially started when Alianza Nacional de Campesinas wrote a letter of solidarity to the women in Hollywood who further exposed the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
The letter was later published in Time, and illustrated instances of sexual harassment and assault among female farmworkers; the letter also stated that it was written on behalf of approximately 700,000 female farmworkers in the United States.
Perhaps my favorite part of the night was when the women were interviewed by various news outlets before the award show began. I've always enjoyed watching these award shows for the fashion; I love knowing who is wearing what designer's dress and how they styled their individual looks.
Photo from Deadline.com
This year, however, instead of asking the women specifics about their outfits, they were asked why they chose to wear black. Many of them shared their own stories about their struggles with sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood. Some even invited along special guests to accompany them to the show.
These special guests included an array of #girlbosses, from Billie Jean King (accompanied by Emma Stone); noted women's group leader Marai Larasi (accompanied by Emma Watson); community organizer, hip-hop activist and journalist Rosa Clemente (accompanied by Susan Sarandon); and executive director of National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign Aj-jen Poo (accompanied by Meryl Streep).
The movement undoubtedly commanded the attention of the guests of the Golden Globes, in addition to people around the world watching the event from the comfort of their couches. That isn't to say, however, that the night was free of mixed reviews.
According to a recent article by Brittany Spanos of The Rolling Stone, Spanos argued that the cheerful tones used by journalists such as those from E! News seemed inappropriate amidst the serious issue the celebrities were trying to highlight. For example, Spanos mentioned that the anchors seemed almost too enthused about their various 360-degrees cameras between interviewing celebrities about the importance of Time's Up.
This review could be exaggerated, of course, with the brevity of the interviews. For me, it was hard to grapple with the full stories of the celebrities and activists without feeling like I wanted to know more. I honestly would have preferred watching a special about the stories of the ladies who were spreading awareness as opposed to watching an award show that is still very much dominated by white, heterosexual males.
But alas—a girl can dream, I suppose.
Another stand-out moment of the award show in itself was when Natalie Portman introduced the nominees for Best Director of a Motion Picture. She made a point to exaggerate the fact that all of the nominees were male. She was met with some sheepish nods of males in the crowd and hoots from various women around the room.
Video from IBTimes UK
Several men at the show were also called out for their contradictory actions. Woody Allen's adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, for example, called out Justin Timberlake for working with Allen while supporting the Time's Up movement. Farrow accused the famous director for sexually assaulting her when she was a child, and has been pushing for ramifications of Allen and other assaulters ever since she publicly announced her story.
It was also evident, like Spanos argued, that there were few males who did more than sport the Time's Up pins as an accessory on their tuxedos.
If there are any takeaways from The Golden Globes this year, it's that the fire for change has only started to spark. If male influencers in Hollywood are not able to help spread awareness for sexual assault and harassment in the workplace, as well as gender equality, how are we supposed to expect that we will see change across the country, and the world?
It takes two to tango, and right now, it seems as though the women are pulling most of the weight.
In 2018, I want to see more education in the workplace for sexual assault and harassment. I want to see more diversity in Hollywood and the media. I want to see more male feminists. And I want to see more consequences for perpetrators of sexual harassment and assault.
In 2018, I want to finally see the change that so many deserve.
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