Tonight, the Golden Globes 2018 red carpet is certainly a little bit different than it’s been in past years. Hollywood stars are wearing black to speak out against sexual harassment in the workplace, and it’s not just about matters in Hollywood. As Meryl Streep emphasized during her appearance on the E! red-carpet pre-show, it’s really about inclusiveness on all fronts and making sure women in all fields have a choice.
It’s for this reason that Streep chose to walk the red carpet this year with Ai-jen Poo, who is the Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She’s an important voice when it comes to women’s rights and is an activist for helping women receive some the proper treatment that they deserve. You can read more about her work over at the link here.
Here is some of what Streep had to say about the message this year as she walked alongside Ai-jen Poo with Ryan Seacrest:
“People are aware now of a power imbalance, and it’s something that leads to abuse. It’s led to abuse in our own industry and [with domestic workers]. It’s in the military, in Congress, and everywhere. We want to fix that. We feel emboldened in this moment to stand together in a thick, black line.”
As for how E! is handling the Golden Globes in general in the midst of the Me Too movement / raising awareness for the Time’s Up legal defense fund, one of the things that they are doing is asking performers why they are wearing black instead of who they are wearing in terms of designers. It’s a chance to allow for different voices to be heard and for there to be real promotion for a cause. There will be a time for lighthearted fashion at some point in the future, but this is certainly not going to be this year.
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