If you’re looking for some color on the red carpet at the 75th Golden Globes Awards this year, then you better give it up. Stars are all decked out in black and for a reason that’s more than the classic color being a trend. While the annual awards show celebrates great work in film and television, 2017 has brought on serious conversations about sexual harassment, which several of the stars have banded together to speak up at the event. Some of Hollywood’s most powerful women have teamed up to launch an initiative aimed at combating sexual harassment inside and outside their industry after allegations set in motion by the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
In a full-page open letter published in Monday’s New York Times, 300 prominent actresses, female agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives announced the campaign called Time’s Up.
The Time’s Up initiative includes:
- A $13 million legal defense fund to help women in blue-collar jobs and farm work
- Drafting of legislation to punish companies that tolerate sexual harassment and to discourage nondisclosure agreements in such cases.
- A push to reach gender parity in Hollywood studios and talent agencies; and a call for women walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes to wear black as a sign of protest and solidarity.
Here’s how the campaign looked like on the red carpet:
Meryl Streep (above, left) and women’s activist Ai-Jen Poo walk the red carpet at The Golden Globe awards. Streep told E! News, “We feel sort of emboldened in this particular moment to stand together in a thick black line dividing then from now.”
“We’re finally hearing each other, and seeing each other, and now locking arms in solidarity with each other, and in solidarity for every woman who doesn’t feel seen, to be finally heard,” Reese Witherspoon told Times.
Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd. Longoria said, “we’re here to say ‘Time’s Up’ to the imbalance of power.”
Stranger Things, actors (left to right) Sadie Sink, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Noah Schnapp
Actors Natalie Portman (left to right) , Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer and America Ferrera. “It’s so incredible to look around and see everyone in solidarity, ready to really address the issues that exist in our industry and across all industries,” America Ferrera said. “It’s our job – right now, the time is now – for us to do the work that will make women and all people more safe and more equal in their workplaces and in their lives,” Ferrera said.
Emma Watson and Marai Larasi. Larasi is the executive director of Imkaan, a U.K.-based women’s organization “aimed at responding to and preventing violence against black minoritized women and girls” Watson is also an outspoken actress about women empowerment: “We’ve been working together this year and when Michelle Williams spearheaded the idea of actresses bringing activists on the red carpet, my first thought was, ‘It would be great to do it with Marai, because we have fun together, we challenge each other,” Watson told E! News.
Emma Stone was accompanied by Billie Jean King, the pro tennis player and activist that Stone portrays in “Battle of the Sexes”
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dakota Johnson, Jessica Biel, Sarah Jessica Parker
Alexis Bledel, Kendal Jenner, Kate Hudson, and Margot Robbie
Angelina Jolie, Gal Gadot, Nicole Kidman, and Emilia Clarke
Zac Efron, James Franco, Justin Timberlake, and Chris Hemsworth
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Information source: NPR.org, Times