The 75th annual Golden Globe Award ceremony marks the beginning of Hollywood’s awards season in 2018. Besides the winners of each award of Golden Globes, the red carpet on which all the actors and actresses attending will dress meticulously is also a highlight of this annual event. However, the scene of actresses in luxurious dress may not be expected this year. The red carpet at the 75th Golden Globes has been dominated by only one color – black. There are hundreds of actors and actresses dressed in all black or wore a “Time’s up” pin to support the “MeToo” movement and draw the public attention of gender equality in light of the recent wave of Hollywood sexual harassment on the red carpet.
Last year at the Oscars, a blue ribbon representing American Civil Liberties Union has become the most popular accessory of actors and actresses. This year at the Golden Globes, it’s a black-and-white “Time’s up” pin. Time’s up, announced on January 1st, is an initiative created by more than 300 actresses and female writers, directors, agents and other entertainment executives to fight sexual misconduct across film industry and even across the country. Those women working in the film industry try to make use of their influence to end sexual misconduct in every industry, and Time’s up includes a legal defense fund which will be used to help both male and female who can never get rid of sexual violence in workplace because of poor working environment conditions in the lower level of society in the US. The fund is backed by donations from members including Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Rashida Jones, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reese Witherspoon, one of the member of “Time’s up”, asked Arianne Phillips, a stylist working with Madonna and costume designer on movies like “Kingsman: The Gold Circle”, to design the pins. The all-black fashion on the red carpet is not only for women but also for many actors who joined the solidarity including Daniel Kaluuya, Dwayne Douglas Johnson and Tom Hiddleston.
Despite that there have been Blue ribbon for ACLU at 2017 Oscars to show the defense for civil rights and the dress code of black and trouser suit for 911 at 2001 Emmy Award, all-black dresses for the mission of anti-sexual harassment group Time’s Up is the biggest solidarity in Hollywood history, which show its importance. Replacing the hashtag “MeToo” widely used before, the members of Time’s up and the supporters took the message to social media with #WhyWeWearBlack to provoke those who had the experience of sexual harassment not only to stand out but to stand up.
Beyond the dress, the speeches and statements at the Golden Globes are full of the concerns about gender equality and irony of Trump’s behaviors, as Oprah accepted the 2018 Cecil B. de Mille award and delivered a speech “I want all of the girls watching here now to know, that a new day is on the horizon.” Furthermore, four-time Golden Globe winner Barbara Streisand who was called on to present the last award of the ceremony used her platform to call for the change “We need more directors and more women to be nominated for best director. There are so many films that are so good directed by women,” she said. She also shared her positive thoughts about the advocacy of Time’s up “I’m very proud to stand in a room with people who speak out against gender inequality, sexual harassment, and the pettiness that has poisoned our politics,” she said. ”I’m proud that our industry, faced with uncomfortable truths, has vowed to change the way we do business.”
At the 75th Golden Globe Award, all the employees of the film industry made not only a movie statement nor fashion statement, but a political statement, a statement of gender.