Golden Globes set for blackout as actresses protest sexual harassment

Black outfits are set to rule the red carpet at Monday's Golden Globe Awards as stars protest sexual harassment.
Black outfits are set to rule the red carpet at Monday's Golden Globe Awards as stars protest sexual harassment. Photo credit: Getty

Black outfits are set to rule the red carpet at Monday's Golden Globe Awards as stars protest sexual harassment.

The award night's "blackout" has been organised in partnership with Time's Up, a Hollywood initiative against sexual harassment.

Dozens of A-list actresses, including presenters and nominees, have pledged to wear all-black ensembles in a widespread stand against gender inequality in the industry and beyond.

Saoirse Ronan, nominated for Best Comedy Actress for her role in Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird, says she plans to wear black to the ceremony.

"It's a total message of solidarity and support, community within our industry and also letting other women in other industries know that they have our support too."

The protest comes in the wake of the scores of sexual assault allegations against film industry mogul Harvey Weinstein and the subsequent #MeToo campaign.

Many men in the industry, including Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, said they also plan to wear black to the awards show.

However, some people have criticised the decision as an easy way out for Hollywood's elite.

"Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster [Harvey Weinstein], are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest," tweeted actress Rose McGowan in a since-deleted post.

"YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You'll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa."

Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman married Weinstein in 2003 and left him after the assault allegations emerged.

Many have said that a strike would have been a more effective protest method.

"Women often wear black anyway. You know what would REALLY be a protest? Not going. No women on the red carpet as far as the eye can see. THAT would be a statement," tweeted April Reign, the creator of the #OscarsSoWhite campaign.

"An actress on the red carpet is generating money for her movie(s) and every luxury brand that lent her shit to wear. Staying home is stopping work," tweeted costume designer Sara Hinkley.

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