The Deeper Message Behind the 75th Golden Globe Awards
When it comes to award shows one of my favorite things to do is watch the red carpet to see the latest trends and the best fashion looks. Last night was quite different when watching the 75th Golden Globe Awards. This year has probably been one of the most controversial years of the Golden Globes because of the huge stigma around the newly announced organization Time’s Up. Time’s Up is a blackout with an effort by Hollywood’s most famous and accomplished women to make a bold statement against sexual harassment in their industry and emphasize how much work must still be done to combat harassment in Hollywood and beyond. There were countless of celebrities supporting this protest by being dressed in all black and wearing black and white pins provided by the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. Several of Time’s Up’s founding members took their statement a step further and invited prominent activists as their guests. Emma Stone was accompanied on the red carpet by Billie Jean King, the tennis player and advocate for women in sports whom Stone played in Battle of the Sexes. Michelle Williams, nominated for All the Money in the World, will be joined by Tarana Burke, the activist who originally started the #MeToo hashtag. Big Little Lies co-stars Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley are bringing women’s activists Mónica Ramírez and Calina Lawrence, respectively. Other pairs include Amy Poehler and Saru Jayaraman; Meryl Streep and Ai-jen Poo; Susan Sarandon and Rosa Clemente; and Emma Watson and Marai Larasi.
“This is a moment of solidarity, not a fashion moment,” Eva Longoria, a founding member of Time’s Up, told The New York Times on January 1. “For years, we’ve sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our beautiful faces and our glamour,” Longoria said. “This time the industry can’t expect us to go up and twirl around. That’s not what this moment is about.” The continuing sexual harassment allegations against some of Hollywood’s most powerful men like Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Tambor, had prominent seats at last year’s Golden Globes. They have upset the film and television industry, with women feeling empowered for the first time to speak up about harassment that, in some cases, happened decades in the past. As the Time’s Up effort acknowledges, this is only the beginning. Time’s Up is an initiative and legal defense fund that aims to support women in various industries dealing with sexual harassment, launched with an open letter signed by hundreds of Hollywood women and published January 1. Meryl Streep, Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Ava DuVernay, America Ferrera, and Lena Waithe are among the founders, and still more stars publicly lent their support to Time’s Up following its announcement.
The announcement of Time’s Up followed weeks of stars hinting that a bigger movement was in the works. Earlier in the fall, Emma Thompson told the BBC that the allegations against Weinstein were “just the tip of the iceberg” for the behavior in Hollywood and other industries. “So, we need to start talking about the crisis in masculinity, the crisis of extreme masculinity, and the fact that it is not only O.K., but it is also represented by the most powerful man in the world at the moment,” Thompson said, referring to Donald Trump. At the Massachusetts Conference for Women in December, Streep told Gloria Steinem that the time had come for huge change in equality for women in the workplace, in regard to how they’re treated and compensated. “We are after 50/50 by 2020,” she said then. “Equal means equal. And if it starts at the top, none of these shenanigans would have filtered down and it wouldn’t have been tolerated.”
So, what can we do on our part? I say we continue to encourage women to stand up and tell their story no matter what is on the line. Your career isn’t worth the paint hat you go through constantly remembering and playing back the pain you’ve endured. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!!!