Black-out at the Golden Globes

Award show features an all-black dress code to protest sexual harassment in the workplace.

Emily Redd, Staff Writer

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Award show season is filled with the glitz and glamor of the acting industry, from red carpets to designer gowns. The 2018 Golden Globes provided a new twist to the show as it encouraged attendees to come in all-black attire.

The coordinated dress code was successful due to the campaign known as “Time’s Up,” which has raised over $15 million for people who have experienced harassment in the workplace. Actresses, such as Eva Longoria and Natalie Portman, have shown their support for this rising movement.

“Time’s Up is a multi-tiered approach to solving the imbalance of power in all industries,” Longoria said. “The Golden Globes is one small pillar with a platform of a billion views and eyes to say something.”

Women in Hollywood express the importance for protection and support for women in the workplace. Film director Ava Duvernay was among those who shared why they wore black.

“I am wearing black today because balance and inclusion and diversity is not some kind of allowance to be made to accommodate people,” Duvernay said.

Women’s rights were the star of the show, as many presenters and award winners, including Oprah, acknowledged the need for equal pay and equal representation among the genders. Before presenting the final award of the night for Best Motion Picture, Barbra Streisand noted the gender gap present in the entertainment industry.

“I was the only woman to get the best director award and that was in 1984,” Streisand said. “We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for best director.”

Actresses are hopeful that the all-black attired at the Golden Globes provided the foundation for not only a moment, but a movement.

“Tonight is about women, this act of solidarity, standing linked to each other,” Longoria said. “We are there to honor those women who came out with their stories, who really kicked down the door for this conversation to even happen.”