For the first time, the men and women of Hollywood collectively have dropped color from their wardrobes in favor of a political statement.
Photo from Forbes: Saoirse Ronan, Nicole Kidman, Tracie Ellis Ross, Zoe Kravitz, Allison Brie
At the 75th annual Golden Globes awards in Beverly Hills, California last night, actresses and actors stood out, black against the red of the carpet, in support of the new Hollywood actresses’ initiative against sexual harassment, Time’s Up.
Read about the anti-harassment initiative with a legal defense fund of 15 million dollars and backed by hundreds in the TV/film industry here.
Tarana Burke, who started the #MeToo movement in 2006, posted the official statement from herself and the other #TIMESUP activists on her Facebook.
“Our goal in attending the Golden Globes is to shift the focus back to survivors and on systemic, lasting solutions,” the statement reads. “Each of us will be highlighting legislative, community-level and interpersonal solutions that contribute to ending violence against women in all our communities. It is our hope that in doing so, we will also help to broaden conversations about the connection to power, privilege and other systemic inequalities.”
The all-black raised awareness to the oppressive unwritten rules and united the Hollywood men and women under the same cause. “We feel emboldened in this moment to stick together, in a thick black line,” Meryl Streep explained on the red carpet, arm-in-arm with activist Ai-Jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, who she brought as her date.
On stage, the messages against systemic sexual violence perpetuated.
When Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to accept the Cecile B. Demille award, she gave a rousing speech that referenced the #MeToo movement, declaring to millions of viewers, “A new day is on the horizon! When nobody has to say “me too” again.”
“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up,” Winfrey asserts about those who abuse their power. “Their time is up!”
Other actresses that spoke about systemic violence against women on stage include Nicole Kidman, Rachel Brosnahan, Elisabeth Moss, Laura Dern, and Frances McDormand.
There is clearly still room for more action. Not one man spoke about sexual violence in his acceptance speech, and remote viewers pointed out the unaddressed questionable doings of several of the male nominees (assault charges against Gary Oldman and rape allegations against Kirk Douglas).
Nonetheless, the actions of some of our most beloved stars at the Golden Globes were groundbreaking. A fiercely powerful and public political statement, the all-black wearers at the Golden Globes mark 2018 as a year for activism and change.