The Golden Globes has been home to many iconic fashion moments, but this year celebrities put aside their captivating wardrobes to dominate the event by one color: black. A-list actors and actresses traveled to Beverly Hills to attend the annual ceremony which is a major part of the film industry’s awards season, but this year, it was about more than just receiving awards.
The entire event was recently revealed to be funded and organized and campaigned by Time’s Up which is an organization with a new initiative to eradicate sexual harassment and gender inequality in the workplace. Celebrities used the 75th Golden Globes as a platform to demonstrate their protest against sexual harassment to the world.
“The red carpet is watched globally and is, therefore, an incredible platform and the perfect place for this sort of demonstration. Where in the past the red carpet has been about glitz and glamour, this year it isn’t about standing out, it’s about standing together and speaking out,” said Cristina Ehrlich, a fashion stylist.
This year’s red-carpet protest has been subject to some criticism, with some suggesting that sporting a dress in solidarity feels like a superficial or passive way to address a problem. Actor Rose McGowan, one of the first women to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, sounded off on the protest in a now-deleted tweet.
“Your silence is the problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa,” said McGowen
Some women even thought it was a stronger message to not attend the event at all. In response to the debate, Rashida Jones said that the choice to wear black dresses on the red carpet is hardly a “silent protest.” She stated that it’s an opportunity to speak up and demand structural change.
“I don’t think why we wear black is divisive as much as it is being discussed and debated without all the facts,” Jones said. “Many women on the red carpet will discuss what’s important to them about their choice to protest and wear black. We wear black to stand in solidarity with our sisters and to say time’s up on this imbalance of power and the abuses that come with it, regardless of what industry you work in. It’s time for every workplace to look more like our world, where women have equal representation.”
Now, we await the impact of the women’s speeches on women facing or who have faced sexual harassment. Now, we wait for the uprising of women and men against the abuse they have endured.
“Time’s up on silence. Time’s up on waiting. Time’s up on tolerating sexual discrimination, harassment and abuse,”~ Time’s Up