Sexual misconduct is being shown to be deeply ingrained, long-standing modus operandi in Hollywood as the movie makers who preach their own morals to the world and often portray Christians as weirdos and hypocrites have recently had their own dirty laundry hung out for everyone to see.
For far too long, far too many people in Tinseltown have perpetuated the harassment by staying silent after witnessing sexual abuse or by participating in it themselves. Now many actors and actresses — some of them victims — are scrambling to protest abuses in the entertainment industry and are pressuring their bosses to create safer work environments.
One of their protests has been met with ridicule, though, by many people who see it as pure show. Numerous actors, actresses, and other Hollywood figures will be wearing black at Sunday’s 75th Golden Globe Awards in protest of the long-running abuse, according to People magazine.
Actress Rosario Dawson (2005’s “Rent”) explained, “We wear black to symbolize solidarity — that the death knell has struck on abusive power and that it’s time to celebrate each other, not just the nominees on our film and television screens, but our storytellers who have bravely come forward and courageously shared their personal stories, which have liberated so many of us.”
Producer Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, and Ben Affleck are among those who have been accused of abuse and, in some cases, have already seen their careers fall into shambles as a result. The unwanted spotlight has also been thrown on people like actress Meryl Streep, who actress Rose McGowan (“Charmed”) accused of staying silent despite knowing what was going on.
But for those who thought that the act of women wearing black in protest at the Globes was a useless gesture, they thought it was even more ridiculous when a number of guys — like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — said they’d do it, too. People were quick to point out that men typically wear black for the annual awards show.
Now Dawson and Eva Longoria are taking it a step further. They’re asking for fans to wear black, too, according to People.
“Please join us on blacking out Sunday,” Dawson asked. “Post your videos and pictures of yourself in all black whether you watch or don’t watch, go or don’t do.”
They didn’t go as far as to ask fans to boycott the awards show — which many people have already been doing for years — or to ask their colleagues to take part in a mass boycott of the awards show with nobody appearing on stage to accept their awards.
They did, however, ask people to “Sign our solidarity letter and donate to the fund,” referring to the “Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund” GoFundMe page that had almost reached its goal of $16 million by 5:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday. Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock, Melinda Gates, and Kathleen Kennedy are among the top donors with amounts ranging from $250,000 to $2 million each.
Hollywood figures are also rushing to obtain anti-harassment “Time’s Up” pins to wear in solidarity at Sunday’s awards show, according to CNN.
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