Yesterday the Golden Globes was held, which kicked off the award season for recognizing talent in this year’s movie industry. I am a big fan of all things acting, theatre, TV series and movie related. This includes seeing the fashion choices on the red carpet to interviews with actors about the challenge of preparing for their roles and the influence of the film on our generation. I am sure you have a film, an actor or a memorable quote from a film that has impacted your life somehow. Whether it was for a minute changing how you see things or a film line you carry with you (I definitely find myself relating daily life to similar scenarios in a film or quoting a character to fit my mood). However today the world woke up to so much more than just the standard headlines of which celebrity wore which designer, what celebrity feuds had occurred and who was snubbed of an award. Instead the carpet was politically charged with a sea of black, where Hollywood’s greatest Actors and Actresses came together at the Golden Globes to recognize talent and symbolize the #Me Too movement.
2017 saw allegations against some of Hollywood’s biggest moguls who have the power to make or break one’s career. The Me Too movement recognizes that change is needed and change is happening. Throughout the entertainment industry in 2017 sexual harassment of women was a prominent discussion in the media. However this is an issue faced by both men and women who are subject to sexual harassment in all communities, cultures, workplaces and across the world. Both have felt emotions such as distress, shame, guilt and anger for being subjects to sexual misconduct. Both men and women know people who have experienced this at same level or at the very least can recognize that sexual harassment is a problem in our society. Whether it is acts of sexual abuse, wolf whistling or derogatory comments made, the issue exists. The Golden Globes recognized in particular the abuse suffered by women in an industry that has predominantly a patriarchal influence and dominance. A key factor of this movement is the message that “Time’s Up” emphasizing that now is the time to overcome sexual misconduct throughout Hollywood and many other industries, at the abuse of the hands of powerful men.
I would like to highlight that the movement is not disregarding the abuse suffered by men also, and that casting blame onto men is certainly far from the point of this post (and potentially what many may think). I want to be very clear as I state that I believe in the equality of all people, men and women and that is the same for the Hollywood. However some men in very powerful positions in Hollywood have exploited their status, and Hollywood is no longer turning a blind eye to it. Male actors, directors, screenwriters you name it, are listening to these stories and acknowledging and reacting to them. This is a very important message and stance taken by Hollywood’s most well known faces, one that I hope everyone can agree that “Time is up”.
So when people criticize or ask “What has Hollywood achieved by them all dressing in black? What change has this actually brought about?” I would answer that it has encouraged discussion and is actively working towards fighting sexual misconduct . If you’re reading this blog the #Me Too movement’s affects are loud and clear.
I must admit that I felt some hesitancy in writing about this topic and even was second guessing posting this. Not wanting to be controversial or say the wrong thing, coming across ill informed or offending anyone. However I did not want to shy away from the topic, as so many do. So for now I would encourage you to watch Oprah Winfrey’s speech that she gave as she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment. I will leave you with some parting words that Oprah so eloquently communicated on the topic:
“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up… When that new day finally dawns it will be because of a lot of magnificent women… and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that… nobody has to say ‘me too’ again”.
I truly hope that 2018 is a brighter year and we see positive change throughout our society.