Lots of women in Hollywood showed up in solidarity for the 75th Golden Globe Awards — dressed in all black.
Scores of actresses and others left their hotels for the Beverly Hilton hotel draped in a variety of black dresses and outfits.
Some big actresses have formed the activist group, Time’s Up, and penned an open letter. Among them … Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Debra Messing, Shonda Rhimes, Emma Stone, Charlize Theron and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Time’s Up is a movement against sexual harassment founded in 2018 in response to the Weinstein effect and #MeToo.
In November 2017, the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas wrote a letter of solidarity to the Hollywood women involved in exposing the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein. The letter, published in Time, described experiences of assault and harassment among female farmworkers. The letter stated that it was written on behalf of the approximately 700,000 female farmworkers in the US.
Partly in response, Time’s Up was announced in the New York Times on January 1, 2018. The announcement cited the letter of support from the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas and the desire to support women who have less access to media platforms and funds to speak up about harassment. At its founding, the following initiatives were announced:
A $13 million legal defense fund, administered by the National Women’s Law Center, to support lower-income women seeking justice for sexual harassment and assault in the workplace
Advocating for legislation to punish companies that tolerate persistent harassment
A movement toward gender parity in studio and talent agencies
Calling for women on the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards to wear black and speak out about sexual harassment and assault.
And boy… did they deliver. Last night’s Golden Globes were intense, powerful, heart lifting, and gave hope that things COULD and CAN change. The dresses were lovely, but the sentiment and power behind the simple action of wearing a black dress… were beautiful and inspiring. And the men participated too – wearing black and #TIMESUP pins to support their female counterparts.
Even before the event started, the #RedCarpet brought the heat, not only visually but in our hearts. Twitter was lit with the hashtags #TIMESUP #TIMESUPNOW and #WhyWeWearBlack.
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Debra Messing on the red carpet when being interviewed by E!: “I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts. I miss Catt Sadler. We stand with her.” #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/l2gWe39mjY
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Oprah Winfrey undoubtedly owned the Golden Globes on Sunday as she accepted the Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievement award, becoming the first black woman to do so.
The queen of daytime TV began her speech at the Beverly Hilton by recalling how she felt when Sidney Poitier became the first black man to win Best Actor at the Oscars in 1964.
She went on to give an electrifying speech that rocked everyone in the room as well as everyone watching…
“So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon. And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.”
— Sergio (@Sergio_TheOne) January 8, 2018
Driven by outrage and a resolve to correct a power imbalance that seemed intractable just months ago, 300 prominent actresses and female agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives have formed an ambitious, sprawling initiative to fight systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and in blue-collar workplaces nationwide.