The Golden Globes last night were not only a celebration of the year in film and TV, but also a show of support and unity against sexual harassment against women not only in Hollywood, but everywhere. The crowd was a sea of black dresses and black tuxes, and most of the celebrities in attendance also donned a pin that said "Time's Up", a motto encompassing the movement and also the name of the Legal Defense fund set up to support lower-income women battling sexual harassment in the workplace.
My wife and I were watching the awards, and our first thought was "Wow, that's really cool that everybody is unified in one message".
Our second thought was "I wonder if there's anyone NOT wearing black".
The answer is...yes. There were three women in the crowd that did not participate in the #TimesUp blackout.
BLANCA BLANCO, a relatively new actress with just a handful of pre-2017 film credits, says she wasn't intentionally ignoring the protest, she just "really likes red". It's also possible that she just didn't think it would be such a massive movement at the awards.
Viele Frauen werden heute im Zuge der Time‘s Up Bewegung auf dem Roten Teppich schwarz tragen. Ich finde diese Initiative im Allgemeinen super und extrem wichtig. Trotzdem habe ich mich entscheiden, heute ein buntes Kleid zu tragen. Wenn wir wollen, dass heute die Golden Globes der starken Frauen sind, die für ihre Rechte kämpfen, ist es in meinen Augen der falsche Weg, sich nicht mehr körperbetont anzuziehen und uns die Freude am Ausdruck unserer Persönlichkeit durch Mode zu nehmen. Wir haben uns diese Freiheit lange erkämpft, dass wir tragen können, was wir möchten und es auch in Ordnung ist, sich sexy zu kleiden. Wenn wir das einschränken, weil sich einige Männer nicht unter Kontrolle haben, ist das in meinen Augen ein Rückschritt. Wir sollten nicht schwarz tragen müssen, um ernstgenommen zu werden. Wir Frauen sollten strahlen, farbenfroh sein und funkeln. So wie es in unserer Natur liegt! Das symbolisiert in meinen Augen unsere Freiheit und neue Stärke. Um das aber dennoch nochmal klar zu sagen: Viele schreckliche Dinge sind passiert und dürfen sich nie wieder wiederholen! Und wir sollten das immer wieder und direkt ansprechen und aufklären! Ich freue mich auf starke und inspirierende Reden heute Abend! (c) @gettyentertainment --- A lot of women will wear black tonight to support the time‘s up movement! I think this is a great and extremely important initiative! Nevertheless I decided to wear a colorful dress tonight. If we want this to be the Golden globes of the strong women who stand up for their rights, I think, it’s the wrong way not to wear any sexy clothes anymore or let people take away our joy of showing our personality through fashion. We were fighting a long time for the freedom to wear what we want to and that it is also ok, to dress up a little more sexy. If we now restrict this, because some men can’t control themselves, this is a huge step back in my opinion. We should not have to wear black to be taken serious. US women should shine, be colorful and sparkle. Just like it is our nature. In my opinion this symbolizes our freedom and our new strength. But to make clear: A lot of bad things happened and should never happen again!!!
BARBARA MEIER, a German actress who tweeted that the movement is "great" but she wanted this to be a Golden Globes of the strong women, and that women "should not have to wear black to be taken serious". She wanted to showcase her personality through fashion.
Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Meher Tatna announced two new HFPA grants for $1 million each to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Committee to Protect Journalists. https://t.co/W2GwBPmTpD pic.twitter.com/V1WDNMrMYF— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 8, 2018
The most notable exception was HFPA president MEHER TATNA, who took the stage wearing a bright red dress. While people were initially upset about what appeared to be a break from the solidarity of the women her organization represents, she later noted that it was a nod to her Indian heritage and that "when you have a celebration, you don't wear black". For what it's worth, she DID wear one of the aforementioned #TimesUp pins.
Regardless of whether or not these women chose to participate, we respect the movement and hope that it continues to gain momentum throughout the upcoming awards season.