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Golden Globes' silent war

Sunday night’s Golden Globes was a decidedly different show.  Known for its party atmosphere, the Golden Globes are typically the place where anything can happen.  However, after months of Hollywood scandal and finger-pointing, the first award show of 2018 was not exactly somber, but definitely more sober affair.

For weeks leading up to the show, celebrities have claimed that this year’s ceremony would be about something more than just silly awards.  It would celebrate a change in the industry and honour those fighting to make every workplace more fair and equal for everyone.  It would also promote the “Time’s Up” movement which is also a legal fund for those who cannot afford to take legal action.
That’s a lot to promise for a three-hour award show hosted by a late night comedian.

The majority of attendees wore a uniform of black in solidarity with the victims of sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace.  Unfortunately, critics called it hypocritical and the dress code “tokenistic.”

Ironically, a small handful of women who chose to wear colour were put on the defensive for their lack of solidarity with the cause. 
Some stars left their significant others and family members at home, choosing instead to bring female activists from outside the Hollywood community.

However, actress Rose McGowan’s public attacks on Meryl Streep for what she considers her complicity in Weinstein’s reign of terror actually lead one social media user to claim that Streep “accessorizing with an activist [was] so pathetic.”

Actors such as Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd, who were some of the first to speak publically against Harvey Weinstein, were also invited despite not being nominated for anything.  Yet, some viewers still condemned the award winners for not singling out these women during their acceptance speeches.

More and more, the response to Hollywood’s response to the issue seems to be creating a women’s war on other women.  The Old Boy’s Club supports men.  But the Women’s Club is just being used to bludgeon other women – women who are simply trying to make things better in their own way.

Yes, the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up have unified women.  But they’ve also created a mindset that there’s only one acceptable response to this issue.

Not so.  If women want to dress in unity, they should.  If they want to promote an issue at a publicized event, they should.  But if their hard work is honoured with an award, they should be free to thank whomever they wish.

Oprah Winfrey’s powerful Golden Globes speech about “a new day” coming for women was the highlight for many.  For me, it was Meher Tatna, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press, gracing the stage not in funeral black, but in a glorious, flowing red gown.  A supporter of Time’s Up, Tatna said that women should be able to wear what they want. “If we restrict this just because some men cannot control themselves, this is a huge step back. … This symbolizes our freedom and our new strength.”

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