Golden Globes: the all-black red carpet of the year

“Don’t stand out, stand up”. Black dresses will rule the red carpet at Sunday’s Golden Globes in a show of solidarity for the mission of anti-sexual harassment group Time’s Up reports CNN.

This year’s 2018 Golden Globes red carpet black is to dominate in recognition of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.

“YOUR SILENCE is THE problem,” tweeted Rose McGowan, one of Harvey Weinstein’s most vocal accusers, shortly after the protest was first announced in December. (She has since deleted the tweets.) “You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly and affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa” she added, on Weinstein’s soon-to-be ex-wife, Georgina Chapman, who is one of the chief designers for the label. So yes, fashion is politics at this year’s Golden Globes extravaganza.

Eva Longoria and Rosario Dawson took on their social media in support of the Golden Globe Awards blackout whilst inviting others to join them in wearing black to protest sexual harassment in Hollywood on Sunday.

“We wear black to symbolize solidarity,” Dawson said. “That the death knell has struck on abusive power and that It’s time to celebrate each other — not just the nominees on our film and television screens, but our storytellers who have bravely come forward and courageously shared their personal stories, which have liberated so many of us.”

The Sin City actress went on to thank a handful of actors and actresses who spoke out and shared their own stores of the alleged sexual misconduct they had experienced during their careers.

“Thank you Rose McGowan, thank you Olivia Munn, thank you Salma Hayek, thank you Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra, Asia Argento, Gabrielle Union, Ellen Page, Terry Crews, Anthony Rapp,” she continued.

“Thank you for courageously telling your stories and signaling this moment. Time’s up,” she added, referencing the Time’s Up movement. “Please join us on blacking out Sunday. Post your videos and pictures of yourself in all black whether you watch or don’t watch, go or don’t do. Sign our solidarity letter and donate to the fund.”

On Saturday, Longoria joined Dawson as she explained that “everyone” can join in the Golden Globes blackout — not just celebrities attending the event.

“Yaaas @rosariodawson! This is why we wear black! Everyone can join in tomorrow and post a pic of yourself in Black standing in solidarity with women everywhere trying to fight the imbalance of power! #TIMESUP on abuses of power! Today is a new day!” Longoria, 42, wrote alongside a copy of Dawson’s video.

Natalie Portman, Longoria and Dawson are among the 300 women who signed an open letter published in the The New York Times on Jan. 1 in support of the new anti-sexual harassment campaign titled Time’s Up, which is aimed at changing the work culture of the entertainment industry.

Longoria, a founding member of Time’s Up, spoke to the NYT about the red carpet blackout. “This is a moment of solidarity, not a fashion moment,” the star said. “For years, we’ve sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our beautiful faces and our glamour. This time the industry can’t expect us to go up and twirl around. That’s not what this moment is about.”

This form of protest has many wondering if it’s meaningful at all. “Don’t most men who attend the Globes come cloaked in either all-black or mostly black, with a black suit and black shoes and a black tie, anyway?” asked Mic, after Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson confirmed that men, too, would be taking part in the protest. “Black was already a red carpet trend heading into the Globes,” noted Racked; “hell, ABC even called it the standout color at last year’s Globes.”

“Regardless of whether it works, the idea draws on a long history of women using fashion as a form of protest, one that speaks to fashion’s often overlooked ability to make political and aesthetic statements” reports The Vox of the “suffragette white.”

“As History.com summarized the movement, Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, a member of the militant British suffragette group the Women’s Social and Political Union, asked protesters in 1908 to wear one of three symbolic colors at a suffrage rally: white for purity, purple for dignity, and green for hope. (It’s worth noting that using white as a color of purity carries some unfortunate racial undertones, which were reinforced by the rampant racism that was common among early suffragettes.) The resulting sea of 30,000 women in white, purple, and green created enormous visual cohesion, and suffragettes began to make a practice of wearing long white skirts to their rallies. After the suffragette movement ended, it became common for women politicians and their supporters to wear white as a callback to the movement”.

Celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch agrees, saying straying from black would be an “incredible faux pas,” even if it was done as a result of simple unawareness of the effort. “This is not a competition, this is a sisterhood,” he told CNN. “We want everyone to know this is what we’re doing.”

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To donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which will provide subsidized legal support to women and men in all industries who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace, visit its GoFundMe page. Learn more about Time’s Up, an organization of women in entertainment combating sexual harassment and inequality, on its website.

The 75th annual Golden Globes will be presented live on NBC from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.