Taking A Stand At The Golden Globes

By Georgea Kovanis
Detroit Free Press

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) In a report published in the Washington Post, actress Eva Longoria said the biggest impact from wearing black will be felt during red carpet interviews. “Instead of asking us who we’re wearing, they’ll ask us why we’re wearing black,” Longoria said. “We’re using that platform and using our voices to say we can change this ideology, and shatter the sexism that teaches men that women are less.”

Detroit Free Press

Because Sunday’s Golden Globes is taking place in a nation is reeling from #MeToo disclosures, the women — and men — attending the annual 75th annual Hollywood awards ceremony have decided to do something they think will be special: Wear black to show their disdain for sexual harassment and misconduct, as well as tosupport its victims.

After all, Hollywood has, albeit unwittingly, played a huge role establishing nation’s new anti-harassment sentiment. Which was brought on by the #MeToo movement. Which which gained steam after a New York Times investigation, and a follow-up by The New Yorker, documented years and years of alleged sexual harassment and assault by one of their own: Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein.

Since then, a number of powerful men in the arts, entertainment, media, restaurant and political industries have been similarly accused and, in some cases, fired from their jobs.

Its true, actors and actresses — many of whom have gone to great lengths to distance themselves from Weinstein lest, perhaps, their own careers be ruined — have the visibility and audience that allows them to deliver messages to millions of people.

And yet, I can’t figure out how wearing black to the Golden Globes will send any sort of powerful message.

It doesn’t seem like much of an effort — in fact it seems rather business-as-usual. Plenty of people already wear black to the event.

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