The 75th Golden Globe Awards was the first major Hollywood award show since over eighty women spoke out about producer Harvey Weinstein's predatory sexual behavior. In the months leading up to the Golden Globes, more survivors of sexual harassment and abuse came forward to share their stories. It was necessary for the Hollywood Foreign Press to acknowledge this powerful and important cultural shift, and a number of celebrities used the evening to support gender equality and survivors of harassment and violence.
Building from the #MeToo movement, women in Hollywood developed "Time's Up", a coordinated effort to take actionable steps against sexual harassment and abuse, including the creation of a legal fund for people who have experienced harassment or abuse. At the Golden Globes, many celebrities promoted Time's Up by wearing all black or a pin. The "black-out" of the red carpet at the Golden Globes served as an act of unity against sexual harassment and abuse.
While almost everyone participated in the "black-out", some elements of Time's Up were more effective than others. Many women took time to discuss #MeToo and #TIMESUP in their acceptance speeches. Oprah, who accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award spoke about the importance of bravery, visibility, and hope. However, none of the male award winners discussed #MeToo or #TIMESUP in their speeches, and - as presenter Natalie Portman pointed out - no women were nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Director. The evening was a successful first step for addressing sexual harassment and violence, but it also proved just how long of a road we have ahead of us.
What Is #TimesUp? (This Page)
Why Was Everyone Wearing Black?
The organized campaign Time's Up helped to coordinate the unified appearance of Hollywood stars on the red carpet. Stars wore black outfits to promote awareness about sexual harassment and abuse, and to support survivors. Many stars also wore "Time's Up" pins or black ribbons to support the cause. Seemingly everyone wore black, and the "blackout" effect was quite noticeable on the red carpet.
Additionally, a number of Hollywood women brought activists and silence breakers to the red carpet as their "plus one". Shailene Woodley's guest, Calina Lawrence, is an intersectional activist and member of the Suquamish Tribe. Amy Poehler brought Saru Jayaraman as her guest; Jayaraman is the president of the Restaurant Opportunities Center United, which fights for equity for restaurant workers. Rosa Clemente, a community organizer and journalist, attended with actress Susan Sarandon. Emma Watson's plus one was Marai Larasi, the executive director of Imkaan, an anti-violence organization that supports women of color. Meryl Streep brought Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Michelle Williams brought Tarana Burke, the creator of the #MeToo hashtag. Mónica Ramirez, the co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, attended as Laura Dern's guest. Ramirez wrote a letter of solidarity to the women in the entertainment industry on behalf of the 700,000 women farm workers that her organization represents, which helped to initiate the Times Up campaign.
What is #MeToo?
Over the course of October 2017, Harvey Weinstein was accused by over eighty women of sexual harassment, abuse, or violence. Weinstein's accusers included Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Mira Sorvino. The film producer was subsequently fired from his own company and removed from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In response to allegations against Weinstein, survivors of sexual harassment, abuse, and violence used the hashtag #MeToo to share their stories and show solidarity. The hashtag was first created in 2006 by activist Tarana Burke, the Senior Director of Girls for Gender Equity. Actress Alyssa Milano helped to popularize #MeToo in 2017, encouraging women to use the hashtag in order to show the magnitude of the situation.
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
Women beyond Hollywood also began to tell their stories. The sheer number of women who came forward illustrated how widespread sexual harassment and violence is. Male survivors of harassment and sexual violence, including Anthony Rapp and Terry Crews, also came forward to raise awareness, accuse predators, and support their fellow survivors. TIME Magazine named the "Silence Breakers" who spoke out against sexual harassment and violence as the 2017 Person of the Year.
What is #TIMESUP?
#TIMESUP - Together we can end harassment, discrimination and abuse from the power imbalances we all face in the workplace. #WhyWeWearBlack and tell us why you stand with @TIMESUPNOW Love you : @RWitherspoon @iamrashidajones @kerrywashington @TessaThompson_x @TraceeEllisRoss pic.twitter.com/gfPMMgv9Ap— Brie Larson (@brielarson) January 7, 2018
Time's Up - and its eponymous hashtag #TIMESUP - is an organized movement to help people who have experienced harassment, discrimination, and abuse. Introduced on January 1st, 2018, Time's Up is already taking action: starting legal fund sourced from over $16 million in donations, working with legislators to create penalties for companies that condone or ignore systematic harassment, and pushing for gender parity in wages by 2020. Over three hundred women in Hollywood signed the initial Time's Up letter, including directors Ava DuVernay and Patty Jenkins and Oscar-winning actresses Meryl Streep and Viola Davis.
Time's Up requested that Golden Globe attendees wear black to raise awareness and to encourage people to donate to the Time's Up legal fund. While Time's Up is a relatively new campaign, its public debut at the Golden Globes showed just how powerful women can be when they work together to support and uplift each other.