Why Are Stars Wearing Black to the Golden Globes?
The only splash of color at the 75th annual Golden Globes Sunday night (January 7) was the carpet's glaring red — so why were so many stars wearing black, more black and only black?
Before the show, A-listers like Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington and Kelly Clarkson (many men, too, donned all black) showed up to the ceremony dressed in dark gowns and suits. And the solidarity was all in support of the "Time's Up" movement, a crusade that aims to eliminate sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace, particularly in the wake of the unveiling of execs like Harvey Weinstein as an alleged sexual predator.
Additionally, "Time's Up" makes a specific point to address how victims of assault and mistreatment in the workplace are often blackballed if they do not comply with aggressors' wishes. Natalie Portman pointed out on the red carpet that Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino have allegedly both been creatively shut out from projects because they'd previously stood up to unfair treatment and lewd behavior.
"Now, unlike ever before, our access to the media and to important decision makers has the potential of leading to real accountability and consequences," the "Time's Up" group wrote in an open letter. "We want all survivors of sexual harassment, everywhere, to be heard, to be believed, and to know that accountability is possible."
“The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end," the letter added. "Time's up on this impenetrable monopoly."
"Time's Up" has also enacted a legal defense fund to aid workplace discrimination and mistreatment in many industries, and has proposed "legislation to penalize companies that tolerate persistent harassment, and to discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence victims," according to the New York Times.
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