Blackout at the Globes

On Jan. 7, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association presented the 75th Golden Globe Awards on NBC. This kicked off the much awaited award show season and came around at an interesting time in history.
As of fall 2017, a bright spotlight was put on Hollywood as the Harvey Weinstein scandal surfaced. This led to the major outburst of women in Hollywood and other media coming forward and stating that they were abused or manipulated by men in their field. To show their support of these women, many of the attendees at the Golden Globe Awards wore black and “Times Up” pins.
The Times Up campaign began with hundreds of women in Hollywood coming together and stating that sexual assault, harassment, and inequality in the workplace will not be tolerated anymore and also to represent each other as well as stand up for one another.
The Times Up website shows the original letter that was written and signed, facts about women’s harassment, how to spot and handle this harassment, and facts about the Times Up legal defense team. The money donated on the site goes to the Times Up legal defense team which provides legal services for those who have been victims to sexual assault and harassment in the workplace.
According to the Huffington Post, the original push to wear black to the Golden Globes came from activist April Reign who created the hashtag “#OscarsSoWhite” after commenting on the lack of representation of minorities in Hollywood in 2015. Wearing black this year also supported victims and working toward a more equal future.
As well as wearing black to the event, many women brought women’s rights activists as their dates. The New York Times reported that, Laura Dern brought activist Mónica Ramírez who organizes against sexual harassment in rural areas and for Latina empowerment. Meryl Streep’s date was Ai-jen Poo, who is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and organizes immigrant female workers. Michelle Williams’ plus one was Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo organization.
Several other woman brought their female friends as their dates to the event; including Natalie Portman who brought America Ferrera and Reese Witherspoon who brought Eva Longoria.
By wearing all black, the attendees stood as a symbol of solidarity. They told the world watching that time really was up and that it was time to make a change. The spotlight that was lit over the Time’s Up Movement, made it possible for around 15 million dollars to be donated to the cause, and that number continues to rise, as stated by New York Magazine.
Oprah Winfrey said it best during her speech, “…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.”