On Sunday, January 7th, the 75th annual Golden Globes Awards was live from Los Angeles, starring an abundance of actors and actresses. The Golden Globes is the first major award show following a year of one sexual misconduct scandal after the other in the entertainment industry. At the beginning of the week, the leaders of the Time’s Up movement asked all of the celebrities attending the show to wear black in solidarity with people – women in particular – who have experienced inequality and injustice.
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Powered by women, Time’s Up is a call for action against inequality and injustice in the workplace, because, simply, there is no more time for silence, waiting, or tolerating discrimination, harassment or abuse.
Eight female advocates and activists for gender and racial justice were among the plus-ones for some of the Time’s Up celebrity frontrunners. Meryl Streep brought Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of the Caring Across Generations Campaign, and Shailene Woodley brought Calina Lawrence, a member of the Suquamish tribe who advocates for Native Treaty Rights, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s “Mni Wiconi” (Water is Life) movement, and the Puyallup tribe’s #NoLNG253 movement. The night was filled with powerful and influential women taking a stand.
One of the most popular topics when it comes to award shows is the must-see fashion on the red carpet. However, during this year’s Golden Globes, the talk of the night was about the sea of black gowns and suits. Actress Amber Tamblyn addressed the fashion for the night by writing in a New York Times op-ed on Sunday, “What we are wearing is not a statement of fashion, it is a statement of action. It is a direct message of resistance. Black because we are powerful when we stand together with all women across the industry lines. Black because we’re starting over, resetting the standards. Black because we’re done being silenced and we’re done with the silencers. Tonight is not a mourning. Tonight is an awakening.”
Actresses were not the only ones to make a statement at the Golden Globes: men showed up wearing Time’s Up pins to stand in solidarity with everyone who has been victimized, especially in the entertainment industry. This year’s host, comedian Seth Meyers, stated during one of his monologues that all the people in the room “had to work really hard to get here, but it’s clear that the women worked even harder.”
If you watched the Golden Globes or highlights online, you know how inspirational the night was, from Oprah receiving the Cecile B. DeMille Award to Sterling K. Brown being the first black man to win the Best Actor in a Drama TV series.
Do you have a favorite moment or quote from the night? If so, let us know in the comments below.
Allanah Taylor is a 21-year-old communications student who is an avid lover of fashion, journalism, photography and travel. A fun fact about Allanah is that she is Welsh but has grown up in Canada and the U.S. for the majority of her life.