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#TimeWasUp at the Golden Globes

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Kate Winslet at the 2009 Golden Globes -- with two awards!

Kate Winslet at the 2009 Golden Globes -- with two awards!

Photo: Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

Photo: Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

Kate Winslet at the 2009 Golden Globes -- with two awards!

A red carpet night typically known for its lavishly-styled stars, noteworthy hosts, and deserving major-motion pictures, the Golden Globes is an enjoyable event to tune into and watch while relaxing. This year, however, viewers saw something much more charged come to the screen — a political edge which was apparent from the very first pan of a celebrity’s outfit. 

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Marai Larasi and Emma Watson

Innumerable actors and actresses, including Emma Watson and Oprah Winfrey, wore black dresses or “Time’s Up” pins on their suits to the Sunday event in stand of solidarity with the initiative.

The reforms began with the Weinstein effect  — a global trend sparked by accusations against Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein, where people came forward to accuse famous people, usually men, of sexual misconduct —  and the #MeToo movement, which led thousands of previously-silent women to reveal their sexual harassment stories. 

With 71% of these women not reporting the incidents before they told their stories publicly, it was clear that a change had to occur.

Time’s Up was originally spearheaded by a letter written by over 300 prominent female actresses, writers, directors, and executives to the New York Times. In this letter, the women detailed their “anti-harassment action plan.” The sprawling initiative to fight systematic sexual harassment in Hollywood and workplaces nationwide  includes a legal defense fund, backed by $14 million in donations, and legislation to penalize companies that tolerate persistent harassment.

“This is a moment to shine a light on other people,” said Reese Witherspoon, who has funded and worked closely with Time’s Up. “This is not the time to be quiet.”

The goal of this movement is to simply show that the “time is up” for sexual assault.
Time’s Up is currently advocating for women to speak out against sexual harassment. The initiative has gained countless supporters and members — including celebrities such as Oprah, Rashida Jones, Emma Stone, and Dua Lipa, and brands such as Gucci and Nike. 

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Oprah Winfrey pictured with her Golden Globe.

At the 2018 Golden Gloves, the majority of attendees chose to wear black for the nationwide fight against sexual misconduct, and many have chimed in either verbally or on social media with their own views and stand on the topic.

“We’re wearing black in solidarity,” said Emma Watson to Variety News on the red carpet before the start of the show. “… This movement that we’ve put together is across industries, it’s across communities, it’s across spaces … This issue doesn’t just affect women in Hollywood. The issue is affecting women everywhere, in every country around the world. It is global, it is systemic, it is structural, and we’re all joining together in that tonight to amplify this message.”

Photo: Noor Majid

To contribute to this revolutionary movement, you can donate to Time’s Up on their GoFundMe.

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