'It's Not a Fashion Statement. It's a Solidarity Statement'

Golden Globes red carpet goes black
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2018 8:02 PM CST
Mariah Carey, from left, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone and Billie Jean King arrive at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Beverly...   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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The Golden Globes red carpet was dyed black by streams of actresses, actors, and activists outfitted in a color-coordinated statement against sexual harassment and gender inequality in Hollywood, the AP reports. Arrivals streamed into an atypically tumultuous 75th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night. Many female stars arrived with activist guests—Michelle Williams with "Me Too" founder Tarana Burke, Meryl Streep and domestic workers advocate Ai-jen Poo, Laura Dern and farmworker advocate Monica Ramirez—as part of the larger effort to keep the Globes spotlight trained on the sexual harassment and assault scandals that have roiled Hollywood and other industries. "We feel sort of emboldened in this particular moment to stand together in a thick black line," Streep said.

Sunday night's black-clad protest was promoted by the recently formed Time's Up: an initiative of hundreds of women in the entertainment industry—including Streep, Williams, Dern, and the night's Cecil B. DeMille honoree, Oprah Winfrey—who have banded together to advocate for gender parity in executive ranks and legal defense aid for sexual harassment victims. "It's not a fashion statement. It's a solidarity statement," said The Crown actress Claire Foy. Just about everyone was dressed in black Sunday, many of them wearing a Time's Up pin. This Is Us star Chris Sullivan even sported black fingernails. "I can tell you it's a very small gesture. Me wearing black isn't going to change anything, but from small gestures come big ones," said Alfred Molina.

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