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Blackout at the Golden Globes, what is that all about?

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Red carpet events are typically all about standing out, but the celebrities of the 2018 Golden Globes stood for something bigger than fashion. Instead of wild, bright colored dresses a sea of black flooded the event and many people were asking why.

In light of many victims of the Harvey Weinstein scandal coming forward; dozens of celebrities protested against sexual misconduct in the workplace by wearing all black in an act of solidarity against these horrid behaviors. It is being called the Time’s Up Movement.

Meryl Streep explained why the movement is so important to her saying, “I think people are aware now of a power imbalance and it’s something that leads to abuse, it has led to abuse in our own industry. We want to fix that and we feel emboldened in a thick black line dividing then from now.”

Celebrities are using their platform to stand against the injustice of sexual misconduct.

The intention behind wearing all black was beautiful, but backlash against those who did not swept the internet along with Rose McGowan, a victim of rape by Weinstein, who was not the tiny bit pleased with the silent protest.

McGowan posted a since-deleted tweet issuing disgust with Streep and many others that said, “YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change.” She went on to call out those wearing black as “fancy people wearing black to honor our rapes.”

As someone so directly influenced by sexual assault McGowan, along with others, do not see the movement beneficial. Although wearing a specific color does not change the fact that there are terrible people that take advantage of others, but it does bring awareness and resemble a unified front in the entertainment industry.

Why was the color black chosen to represent the movement?

“Black has always had really complicated and multifaceted meanings,” says Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology and author of “The Black Dress.” Steele also goes on to say that, “It’s a very powerful color.”

Not only is the color black associated with sadness and mourning, but in the Middle Ages it was the color of glamour due to the expensive dyes. Black was worn by kings, queens, priests, executioners, and those of utmost power and strength.

The Time’s Up Movement is in motion in hope that it will attract spectators to also take a stand and stop tolerating sexual misconduct while breaking the barriers of gender inequality.

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