Published On: Mon, Jan 8th, 2018

Golden Globes 2018: Why are celebrities wearing black this year and what is Time’s Up?


This year’s Golden Globes took place in Los Angeles last night and celebrated some of the finest stars from TV and film in 2017.

It was also an opportunity for film stars to wear daring and elegant fashion as they took to the red carpet, dressed in some of the most expensive gowns in the world.

As it celebrated its 75th anniversary, numerous celebrities took the awards show as an opportunity to protest sexual harrasment, a statement lauded as a great leap forwards in the battle for gender equality within the entertainment industry.

Stars such as Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Margot Robbie wore all black and a pin that read ‘Time’s Up’.

What is the ‘Time’s Up’ pin and what does it mean?

The ‘Times Up’ pin is a symbol of the Time’s Up movement, which was been formed as a response to the #MeToo viral hashtag.

Many women used the hashtag to speak out about their own experiences of sexual assault in light of the recent allegations against Harvey Weinstein, which were first reported upon in October 2017 after a New York Times expose.

The film producer has since been accused by over 50 women of attacks ranging from sexual harassament to rape.

The 65-year-old resigned from the board at his company after the allegations before heading to the Meadows rehabilitation clinic for sex addiction. He has denied the claims.

The Time’s Up movement, the formation of which was announced on January 1, aims to provide legal support to women who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace.

There is a $13 million (£9.5 million) legal defence fund to help low-income women who have been victims of this crime.

The movement was founded by actresses Eva Longoria, Ashley Judd, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone and Reese Witherspoon and the defence operation is being led by the National Women’s Law Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity.

Five hundred pins that read ‘Time’s Up’ were produced in just two weeks by costume designer Arianne Phillips leading up to the Golden Globes. 

Celebrities including Gal Gadot, Jessica Chastain and Mary J. Blige, as well as men including Tom Hiddleston and Dwayne Johnson, were some of the few to confirm that they will be wearing black on the red carpet in solidarity.

Some celebrities are not as supportive of the movement such as Rose McGowan, who has stated that wearing black is “a silent protest [and] YOUR SILENCE is THE problem,” on Twitter before taking deleting the tweet.

Others have mocked the decision what with men already wearing black suits on the red carpet.

New York site Mic stated: “Don’t most men who attend the Globes come cloaked in either all-black or mostly black?”


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