Sunday night hosted the 75th annual Golden Globes ceremony, an impressive anniversary for any awards ceremony in general the night was especially special due to the widespread #MeToo and #Timesup movement throughout.
One of the most talked about topic proceeding any large ceremony is the gowns. What was everyone wearing? Who wore it best? What look was the most extravagant? An almost predictable theme, this year there was a twist that had everyone on their toes. The pledge of both women and men alike to wear black in solidarity with the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaign gave extra significance to the nights outfits of choice. Though few seemed upset over their favourite celebrities choice to wear black, many citing that they were upset that people were bringing ‘politics’ into the glamorous night and others stating that the choice brings little significance and no change to society. Others were more than enthused and believe wholeheartedly in the celebrities choice and dedication to the movement. As Vox stated,
“Fashion is an enormously powerful political tool, rich with symbolic potential and the ability to create visual solidarity”.
When people claim that simply wearing black dresses to an annual event does nothing to change overall society, they fail to realize that little choices such as those can in fact make tidal wave changes. After all, was the #MeToo movement not once a tiny insignificant hashtag many brushed off as a social media trend that would last a few days, maybe a week at most? As for those complaining that celebrities choice to bring, ‘politics’, into the event… Really? It’s simply my personal opinion, but any person with a widespread audience and influence with the general public should have a duty to them to educate, to inspire and to share a sense of morality they find betters society. Those in the limelight have a general duty to the public to make society a better one in their eyes.
An instance of this responsibility, those celebrities who strayed away from bringing their regular dates to the Golden Globes and instead opted to bring activists and advocates devoted to gender and social justice. The fantasicism of it all to bring such powerful influencers and showcase their causes to the general public is just so moving. People such as Tarana Burke the founder of the #MeToo movement, Calina Lawrence, a Native activist, and Billie Jean King, tennis star and longstanding advocate for gender equality. The idea of showcasing shining members of society rather than just the typical celebrity walking the red carpet is absolutely inspiring and thought provoking and just… This is the way Gala’s should be.
I’m rambling now. But I want to highlight one more thing that happened during the Golden Globes. A monologue that’s spread throughout all the crevices of the Internet, winner of the Cecil B. Demille Award Oprah Winfrey has left many moved and others touched by the words she weaved. A speech that was the perfect cincher to the nights #MeToo movement, Winfrey pushes the idea of gender equality and the importance of women speaking their truth and being heard in society, I leave you on a quote from Winfrey’s speech.
“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.”