Ahead of Sunday’s 75th Golden Globe Awards, actresses, actors, and other Hollywood figures participated in a run on black attire so that they could show their solidarity with sexual assault victims in their industry. But three women dared to not join in on the red carpet and were forced to explain their actions.
Sexual misconduct is being shown to be deeply ingrained, long-standing modus operandi in Hollywood. 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 Hollywood figures — some of them victims — are trying to pressure their bosses to create safer work environments. On Sunday, they chose to do that by wearing black, and many of them wore “Time’s Up” pins as well in reference to the growing movement to expose and prosecute abusers.
The Golden Globes “blackout” protest became incredibly popular, but Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Meher Tatna, German model Barbara Meier, and actress Bianca Blanco shocked the entertainment world by showing up on the red carpet while wearing other colors.
According to The Wrap, Tatna reportedly wore her bright red gown because “while the president [of the HFPA] stands with and supports Time’s Up, she wore the dress that she chose with her mother. As part of her Indian culture, it’s customary to wear a festive color during a celebration — in this case being the 75th anniversary.”
Meier was making a different statement, saying that she supports the Time’s Up movement, too, but that women shouldn’t be pressured to dress a certain way even though everyone else is.
According to Page Six, she explained on Instagram, “We were fighting for a long time for the freedom to wear what it is ok, to dress up a little more sexy. If we now restrict this, because some men can not control themselves, this is a huge step back in my opinion. We should not have to be serious. US women should shine, be colorful and sparkle. Just like it is our nature. In my opinion, this symbolizes our freedom and our new strength.”
Blanco explained her reason for her bright red dress to Fox News by stating simply that she loves red.
But she added, “Wearing red does not mean I am against the movement. I applaud and stand by the courageous actresses that continue to break the cycle of abuse through their actions and fashion style choices. It is one of many factors leading women to a safer place because of their status. I am excited about the #TimesUp movement; true change is long overdue.”
As for women being shamed for not wearing black at the Globes, Blanco replied, “Shaming is part of the problem.”
Actress Rose McGowan, who has been one of the most vocal figures in the #MeToo movement and claimed that producer Harvey Weinstein raped her, was not impressed by the show of solidarity at the Globes on Sunday.
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