How much do you know about why celebrities wore black to The Golden Globes?
One of the most significant award shows kicked off red carpet season last night. The Golden Globe Awards are equally known for their fashion as they are for their awards.
This year at the Golden Globes, everyone stood in solidarity and wore black. Big names like Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, and Eva Longoria joined in support of the #TimesUp campaign, #MeToo movement, discrimination, and gender pay gap.
What exactly are these movements and why are they important?
Tarana Burke coined the phrase ‘Me Too’ in 2006 to promote sympathy for women of color who have been abused sexually. The phrase became popular in late 2017 after sexual assault allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein surfaced.
Best Actress in a Drama nominee, Michelle Williams brought Burke as her plus one to the ceremony. During E! Red Carpet she spoke with Ryan Seacrest about how great it is to see how her movement has grown.
“It’s deeply humbling. This is something that I started out of necessity, as something that I thought my community needed. It’s grown over the years, but I could never have envisioned it growing like this. This moment is so powerful because we’re seeing a collision of these two worlds — or a collaboration between these two worlds that people don’t usually put together, and would most likely have us pitted against each other. So it’s really powerful to be on the red carpet tonight and for people like Michelle to be selfless enough to give up their time so we can talk about our causes,” said Burke to Ryan Seacrest on E!’s Live From the Red Carpet.
‘Time’s Up’ came to light January 1, 2018, after the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas’ letter of solidarity to Hollywood women was published in Time detailing the sexual abuse female farmworkers face.
The President of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Mònica Ramírez hit the red carpet with Big Little Lies star Laura Dern. Ramírez gave more insight on why she needed to reach out to women in Hollywood.
“Farmworker women pick, pack and plant the food that we eat and have a long history of combating workplace sexual violence. When we learned about what was happening in Hollywood, our members felt very strongly that they wanted to send a message to the women in this industry and all women who are experiencing sexual violence in the workplace that they are not alone. We stand with them, and we lend them our power and our strength as they move through this difficult time,” said Ramírez to Ryan Seacrest on E!’s Live From the Red Carpet.
It’s essential for celebrities to be in tune with what’s going on in society. They provide a voice for those who aren’t allowed to be heard. As a woman and a person of color, I know first hand what it’s like to be silenced.
While the protest at the Golden Globes is a great start, we have a long way to go before change is made.