75th Golden Globes: From Award Show to Social Movement

75th Golden Globes: From Award Show to Social Movement

Looks like last night at The Beverly Hilton Hotel black was the new gold. *Cue “Black and Gold” by Sam Sparro*. The 2018 Golden Globes were last night, and though there were many amazing winners, there were some golden moments that took the spotlight. Most of these moments were some of the best displays of unity and fight towards gender equality in the history of award shows in Hollywood. If you didn’t watch the awards last night, don’t sweat it, we got you covered.

One of the most obvious moments was the fact that almost every single woman, and most of the male attendees, were dressed in black. Don’t believe us? See for yourself.

The wardrobe choice was a way for attendees to show their support to the Time’s Up and #MeToo movement. Though we are aware of the #MeToo movement, the Time’s Up movement is just a week old and has the “desire to support women who have less access to media platforms and funds to speak up about harassment”. The 75th Golden Globes was one of Time’s Up initiatives, which got celebs to dress all in black and got them to speak out about sexual harassment.

The red carpet was full of powerful women voicing their opinions, but we have to give mad respect to Debra Messing for ripping E! Entertainment a new one while being interviewed by them. About a month ago, now ex-host Catt Sadler left E! Entertainment after finding out that her male co-host, Jason Kennedy, was making almost twice as much as her. When she confronted the network and asked for equal pay, she was denied and decided to leave the company; she wanted to be the change that everyone so often talks about. Well many celebs were right there to defend her, and one of them was Debra Messing.

While being interviewed by Giuliana Rancic, Messing talked about the Time’s Up movement, and all of a sudden she takes a jab at E! saying how surprised she is that the corporate giant doesn’t pay its male and female employees equally. She also goes on to mention how she misses Catt, and how it’s time that workplaces realize that women are just as valuable as men. We don’t know about you guys, but we are now #TeamMessing.

However, it was Oprah Winfrey who moved everyone’s hearts. Oprah was this year’s Cecil B. de Mille Award recipient for her outstanding contributions in the world of entertainment. Throughout her thank you speech, she talks about her appreciation for those who believed in her, as well as the press which, nowadays, has committed itself to the truth and ending corruption. She mentions that “speaking our truth is the most powerful tool we have” and she goes on to highlight the women who have had the guts to speak up about their harassment. She says that the efforts of women and men today against sexual assault and who pursue gender equality will make sure that no one will ever have to say #MeToo again. We cannot do her speech justice, so if you do anything today, make sure to watch her speech in its entirety down below. We all here were moved to tears.

The Golden Globes this year became more about shiny awards and “who wore it best”; it became a platform for equality and justice. Finally Hollywood stars are using their fame to bring to light social issues that have been going on since the early 20th century. Congratulations to all the winners this year, but more importantly, congratulations to all the women and men whose voices are finally being heard.

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