The red carpet is clearly no longer a place for just glamour where celebrity’s outfits are observed in 360-degree cameras. Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards red carpet was a platform for a powerful statement as some of Hollywood’s leading ladies donned all black. Men joined in as well, choosing black shirts instead of white to go with their tuxes. Many of them wore red lapel pens in solidarity.
The hashtag #TimesUp exploded on social media, it’s a sister hashtag to the #MeToo movement. These women were all supporting the Time’s Up campaign, which as already raised $15 million for their Legal Defense Fund since Jan. 1. The money will help working women fight for sexual harassment charges and equality parity.
By 6 p.m., the Beverly Hilton was a sea of sheer, floral and off the shoulder gowns and pantsuits. Meryl Streep, in a deep, off-the-shoulder gown, in black glasses looked very Miranda Priestly. She arrived with Ai-jen Poo, director of National Domestic Workers.
Instead of asking who the designers were wearing — although it was revealed that Kelly Clarkson’s gold-sleeved black ballgown was designed by Christian Siriano — the questions was, “Why are you wearing black?”
Each individual star’s answers were moving and raw. “It’s about power and balance,” Streep said. Debra Messing’s black pantsuit won’t make any, “Best Dressed,” lists, but her message erupted news media outlets.
As soon as she hit the red carpet, Debra Messing called attention to E!’s gender wage gap issue, which gained publicity after the exit of on-air host Catt Sadler. When asked by E! correspondent Giuliana Rancic why she had chosen to wear black tonight, Debra wasted no time in making a statement.
“I’m wearing black to thank and honor all of the brave whistleblowers who came forward and shared their stories of harassment and assault and discrimination,” Messing began.
DEBRA MESSING BRING THE MESS!!!! CALLING OUT A NETWORK ON THE VERY NETWORK ITSELF pic.twitter.com/7pePJMaOXj
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”I am wearing black to stand in solidarity with my sisters all over the globe. And I’m here to celebrate the rollout of this incredible initiative, Time’s Up. Time is up. We want diversity. We want intersectional gender parity. We want equal pay. And I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female cohosts the same as their male cohosts. I miss Catt Sadler. And so we stand with her.”
Messing was referring to Catt’s public exit from E! back in December, after discovering that her male co-host Jason Kennedy was earning double her salary. Following her leave from E! At the time she said:
“That was really hard to swallow. And when you learn something like that, it makes you feel very small and underappreciated and undervalued.”
The network, which would not provide pay details of the two hosts, denied that it paid Ms. Sadler less because she is a woman, saying in a statement that it “compensates employees fairly and appropriately based on their roles, regardless of gender.” It also said the roles of Ms. Sadler and Mr. Kennedy were not comparable.
It’s definitely a new day in Hollywood for women and men, 2017 began a war between the “system” and justice. Guess we will just have to wait to see what happens in 2018.