Female actresses attending this year’s Golden Globes ceremony are reportedly planning to wear only black in protest of the widening sexual abuse scandal that has engulfed Hollywood this year.
According to E! News, the plan originally started with just a small group of women but gradually grew as other women wished to express solidarity.
“So all of the female actresses and attendees, or most of them at least, are standing in solidarity together in a form of protest,” said ceremony host Jackie Oshry on The Morning Breath radio show. “They’re all going to be wearing black, obviously to protest the injustices that have been taking place in Hollywood since forever.”
Actresses nominated for awards at the ceremony, which takes place 7th January, include Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Michelle Williams, and Sally Hawkins.
The sexual harassment scandal engulfing much of Hollywood and the mainstream media — which has morphed into a social media-driven call to arms known as the #MeToo movement — began following the unearthing of dozens of allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein. It’s now a major talking point of 2017 and implicated scores of the industry’s most powerful directors, producers, and actors.
A similar sign of protest will also take place at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, which according to its executive producer, will feature only women presenters in a “unifying salute to women who have been very brave and speaking up.”
Last week, TIME magazine also named “The Silence Breakers” of the #MeToo movement, principally women who had revealed their experiences of sexual assault or harassment, as their 2017 Person of the Year.
In September, some celebrities attending the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards also wore pink ribbons to express support for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has fought vigorously against President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda.