The Golden Globes

February 7, 2018

Thousands gathered at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California on January 7, 2018 to celebrate a year [2017] of progress in television and film. The ceremony, which first began in 1942, has honored thousands of actors and actresses over the years. This year, however, it wasn’t all about the dresses, glamour, or even the awards.

The infamous question “Who are you wearing?” all but popped up on the red carpet. After multiple accusations of sexual misconduct being brought to light, the people of Hollywood including Shonda Rhimes, Ashley Judd, and America Ferrera came together and discussed how they could bring attention to the enormity of sexual harassment. These discussions sparked the interest of people all across the world, which ultimately led to the decision to take action on a mass scale.

With the Golden Globes being as prestigious and well-known as it is, celebrities decided to wear black in order to bring light to the issue at hand. Not only was support shown through apparel, the trending movements #TimesUp and #MeToo were used throughout the night to bring even more attention to the matter.

Multiple celebrities took to social media to show their support for the cause, even if they weren’t in attendance. Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez, for example, was guest speaking in Puerto Rico at the time but still wore black in honor of #TimesUp. Actress Anne Hathaway also couldn’t make it to the ceremony due to illness, but posted a selfie of her in a black dress saying “In Solidarity from my sick bed #TIMESUP #WHYWEWEARBLACK #GoldenGlobes.” Regardless of their attendance or the lack thereof, celebrities of all kinds joined together to show their desire for change.

After receiving an award, television host Oprah Winfrey gave a speech that “broke the Internet.” Winfrey’s speech empowered and thanked the men and women who endure the pain and suffering of today’s societal norm of sexual harassment. Winfrey talked about her mother and her personal experiences being an African American woman in today’s world. She went on to say, “Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story.” This final remark left the room in an uproar of cheers and applause. Her speech left both the attendees and viewers at home in awe of how strong and powerful a message can be.

With millions of people backing the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements, sexual harassment in the coming years could become a thing of the past.

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