The women are Hollywood will be asked a lot more than who are they wearing at this year’s Golden Globes. This year, the women of Hollywood are wearing all black to make a statement against the rampant sexual harassment and gender discrimination that goes on in the entertainment industry. The decision to do so was first reported by The Morning Breath back in mid-December.
In conjunction with the all-black fashion, many stars on the carpet are also sporting “Time’s Up” pins as a way of showing support for the Time’s Up legal defense fund, which shows support for women. Some of Hollywood’s biggest names behind the movement — including Tracee Ellis Ross, Reese Witherspoon, Emma Stone, and more — penned an open letter to their peers and fans explaining their frustration with the issues in society.
“Harassment too often persists because perpetrators and employers never face any consequences. This is often because survivors, particularly those working in low-wage industries, don’t have the resources to fight back. As first steps towards helping women and men across the country seek justice, the signatories of this letter will be seeding a legal fund to help survivors of sexual assault and harassment across all industries challenge those responsible for the harm against them and give voice to their experience,” the letter stated. “We remain committed to holding our own workplaces accountable, pushing for swift and effective change to make the entertainment industry a safe and equitable place for everyone, and telling women’s stories through our eyes and voices with the goal of shifting our society’s perception and treatment of women.” Already, the legal defense fund has raised nearly the entirety of its goal of $16 million.
While some critics of the movement felt that black was somber and perhaps not fit for the occasion, nearly all participant expressed that it’s actually an uplifting time to celebrate each other and their truths. Hear it in their own words:
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#TimesUp #WhyWeWearBlack This year marked the 25th anniversary of my rape. #MeToo I know I am not alone. Together we can eradicate sexual violence, harassment and abuse. Together we can have true equality. Together we can dismantle white supremacy and racism. Together we can center the voices of the most marginalized among us. Together we can acknowledge the jig is up and its BEEN time for monumental sweeping change. #TimesUpNow
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#TIMESUP – We are so grateful to stand in solidarity with you! Together we can end harassment, discrimination and abuse from the power imbalances we all face in the workplace. Join us Sunday and wear black! Post pictures! Tag us! We will be amplifying! Don't forget to use the hashtag #WhyWeWearBlack and tell us why you stand with @timesupnow Love you : @reesewitherspoon @rashidajones @kerrywashington @tessamaethompson @traceeellisross