At the 2018 Golden Globes Award the dress code was all black in line with the themes of changing the narrative and collectively deciding to speak up.
In recent times, Hollywood has had a major uncovering of scandals perpetrated by highly placed and respected persons (men predominantly) against women and men. Top on the list was the exposure of Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of The Weinstein company with brother, Bob Weinstein.
Time’s Up was announced in The New York Times on January 1, 2018. The announcement cited the support of the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas also with the following initiatives:
- A $13-million legal defense fund, administered by the National Women’s Law Center, to support lower-income women seeking justice for sexual harassment and assault in the workplace
- A movement toward gender parity in studio and talent agencies
- Calling for women on the red carpet at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards (75th edition) to wear black and speak out about sexual harassment and assault.
Trending hashtags for the night included #TimesUp and #MeToo all in support of not staying quiet anymore and speaking up.
Oprah Winfrey was the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award and her speech literally had the crowd standing several times. Part of her speech reads;
“I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. I am especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.
“Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell. And this year, we became the story. But it’s not just the story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics or workplace.”
Therein lies the goal of #TimesUp.