TIMES UP HOLLYWOOD
author Marc Bain
THE PROTEST BY ACTRESSES WEARING BLACK AT THE GOLDEN GLOBES IS ALREADY WORKING.
The typical red carpet of a Hollywood awards show is a parade of colorful, sometimes skin-baring dresses competing for attention. Reporters and show hosts chat up the cavalcade of celebrities with questions about who they’re wearing, and make light-hearted small talk about the films they appeared in or what they have going on in their lives.
But this year’s Golden Globes promise to be very different.
A coalition of 300 women—actors, directors, producers, writers, agents, and entertainment executives—calling themselves Time’s Up recently announced a number of efforts to fight systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and other workplaces. Among them is a request that women walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes do so wearing black, to make their protest and their solidarity tangible on screen.
It’s a big ask, not just for the women themselves but for the cottage industry of fashion brands, stylists, makeup artists, and media that has grown around what actress Eva Longoria described to the New York Times as “our gowns and colors and our beautiful faces and our glamour.” For one night at least, this industry will be disrupted, as the movement forces changes to red-carpet conventions and the coverage around them.