The Golden Globes kicked off awards season last night, but it wasn’t the nominations or award winners that were at the centre of attention. As a show of solidarity, many celebrities opted to wear black on the red carpet, in a bid to highlight and raise awareness of the Time’s Up movement.
The ‘Times Up’ initiative calls for the end of ‘the struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces’. Alongside this, a legal fund has been set up to help protect women against sexual misconduct in the workplace.
The #WhyWeWearBlack hashtag was trending on twitter hours before the event, and has been used over 27K on Instagram – supported by some of the biggest names in Hollywood. By Wearing black, the focus was taken away from the usual ‘who are you wearing?’ question to the more poignant ‘why are you wearing black? And ‘What does it mean to you?’
The campaign was fronted by a ream of A-list female celebrities with the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria and Nicole Kidman to name a few. Many male celebrities also supported the initiative and themselves wore black, along with ‘Time’s up’ pins on their suits as a mark of support for their female co-stars.
In 2017 a lot of attention and light was shed on gender disparity and sexual harassment in Hollywood, and it doesn’t look like this is going to be overlooked in 2018. With the Time’s Up initiative in its early days, it will be interesting to see how this develops and continues to build momentum. For now, you can show your support by posting using the #WhyWeWearBlack and #TimesUp hashtags.