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Many actors dressed in black head-to-toe for the 2018 Golden Globe ceremony.

Many actors dressed in black head-to-toe for the 2018 Golden Globe ceremony.

Debbie Tien

Debbie Tien

Many actors dressed in black head-to-toe for the 2018 Golden Globe ceremony.

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On Jan. 7, 2018, the Beverly Hilton was flooded with directors, producers, actors, but most importantly, a sea of black. Not one, not two, but nearly every single person in the media’s eye wore black in support of the #TimesUp movement.

The primetime blackout which flooded your screens that Sunday shifted red carpet interviews from fashion-focused topics towards activism. This sudden shift in routine was due to the recent outbreak in sexual misconduct victims speaking out.

The movement #TimesUp is defined on their website as “A unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere. From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live” On the other hand, this organization also states their mission is “To addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential.”

According to Cosmopolitan, “One in three women ages 18 to 34 have been sexually harassed at work and 71% of those women said they did not report it.” In hopes to create change, the goal of #TimesUp is “We partner with leading advocates for equality and safety to improve laws, employment agreements, and corporate policies; help change the face of corporate boardrooms and the C-suite; and enable more women and men to access our legal system to hold wrongdoers accountable.”

Once the chain reaction stated, one individual after the other begin to stand up and share her story. The recent accusations on numerous Hollywood A-List celebrities fueled the #TimesUp movement, as well as the Golden Globes blackout. Although, the #TimesUp movement has another layer.

In addition to speaking out and spreading awareness in regards of sexual misconduct, much like the #MeToo movement in 2017, #TimesUp also seeks to correct the imbalance of power. The gender inequality from male-dominated occupations to the obvious racial discrimination in wages, #TimesUp is saying, “TIME’S UP on the imbalance of power. It’s time to fix it.”

On behalf of over 300 women who work in media, actors and actress of all ages broke out their black apparel and pins as a symbol of solidarity. Soon after the pictures and interviews were in the eyes of the public, individuals everywhere were fired up and had a lot to say on the matter.

Headlines such as “Hollywood Hypocrisy has Hit a New Low” appeared, and social media feeds were filled with anger. Attendees of the Golden Globes began to get backlash for their choice of apparel.

A-list to new faced celebrities, such as Emma Watson, Meryl Streep and Timothée Chalamet, were under fire from not only confused young twitter users, but verified twitter accounts and credible news sources such as Fox News for coming to the event dressed in black.

The public were not attacking these individuals because they were supporting the movement, but rather because the overlapping contradictions evident in their behavior. Why are you working with a known Perpetrator, such as Woody Allen and Harvey Weinstein, but standing in solidarity with their victims?

Critics pointed out, “Not all actresses were on board with the all-black silent protest that was first started by the Time’s Up initiative,” and “other sources felt feel women should celebrate their newfound power, strong voices and the future by wearing a wide variety of brighter shades instead of distracting from the real issue with a mandate to wear one particular color,” according to The Daily Mail.

Although the awareness spread and respects paid showed the power of voice, the calls of “Hollywood fakery” also had substance. Fox News was quick to spit fire at the hypocrisy: “In a town filled with women who call themselves feminists and liberals who claim to champion women, nobody – nobody – who witnessed his abusive behavior said a word. Not one word. Now that it’s safe – and one of the most powerful men in Hollywood is no longer a threat to any of their careers – their answer is to dress in black and pat themselves on the back to show they support the very victims of sexual misconduct who they ignored.”

News sources continue to throw backlash at the entertainment industry, stating, “Perhaps if they really wanted to elicit change they could have spoken up about a culture of behavior in Hollywood that was permitted to continue for far too long.”

In spite of the fact that the #TimesUp movement is a genuine cause that individuals should support, the entertainment industry took a toll by their contradictory actions. Hayley Millson, Senior, states, “Although their actions were contradictory, that is how the entertainment industry works, you gotta do what you gotta do.”

The unknown happenings behind closed doors in media today is evidently a much terrifying territory. The public may never know why nearly everyone wore black to the Golden Globes 2018. Were they actually supporting #TimesUp and standing with sexual misconduct victims or rather hoping for good publicity?

All in all, the Golden Globes blackout was the first time the entertainment industry rightfully acknowledged the existence of sexual abuse in the midst of all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Despite the controversy in media,  it is time for #TimesUp.

 

 

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