Did the blackout at Golden Globes help women?

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The annual Golden Globe Awards has always been a headline worthy news topic. However, the 2018 Golden Globes took a vastly different vibe. The event was more than just the appreciation and the appraisal of the biggest celebrities in the world. It was a global movement.

The red carpet did not have the usual glamour, the glitz and the sparkle. Instead it was emphasized on the solemnity of black, inspired by the #TimesUp movement. After the news wave broke out that director Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey, were accused of sexual assault, Hollywood was shook up and the award show was a movement against that.

The mantra of the 2018 Golden Globes was “Don’t stand out. Stand up!”. Almost all the celebrities (both female and male alike) wore simple yet elegant black outfits with minimum jewelry to show their support for the #TimesUp movement and stand against sexual assault. It was bigger than just a best dressed list. And probably for the first time ever in Golden Globes, there was a unity that surrounded and encompassed everyone. It was not a competition, but a sisterhood.

Why not white?

Many critics and activists brought up the argument that if this were a movement against sexual assault that the celebrities should’ve worn white instead. This was due to the fact that #TimesUp was very similar to the suffragette movement.

The suffragette movement was initiated in 1903 by Emmeline Pankhurst. She was the treasurer of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in Britain. Pankhurst encouraged women to dress in white for purity, purple for dignity and green for hope, at a demonstration in London’s Hyde Park. More than 30,000 women showed up in white skirts. This has inspired many female rights activists such as Hillary Clinton to wear white to support fellow women.

It was also brought to attention that many celebrities usually wear black (including the majority of actors), and that this would not have been that much of a movement as one would’ve hoped.

Why black?

Black is a highly symbolic color. It stands for power and elegance which many women on the red carpet were bathed in. It also stands for mourning. Eva Longoria says “This is a moment of solidarity, not a fashion moment. For years, we’ve sold these award 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”

Amber Tamblyn also states that “a black dress is just the beginning of the darkness that will be drained from every industry”

The 2018 Golden Globes was a beautiful blackout.

However, wearing black would’ve been for naught if the momentum would not continue. It is true, that it raised more awareness of the issue on a global scale, in that, the average woman  know that she does no stand alone in facing such problems. Here’s hoping that this actually helped achieve the goal!





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