TIME’S UP: 8 Actresses & Activists Stood In Solidarity For Victims At The 2018 Golden Globes

The Golden Globes always kick off the awards season with a bang, making a memorable impression on fans, viewers and industry insiders in terms of who the big winners will be each year. But 2018 will go down as a memorable year not just for the awards given, but for the messages and activism weaved throughout the night from the red carpet to many of the acceptance speeches, most notably in solidarity for victims of sexual misconduct who have been silenced and intimidated.

The #MeToo movement catalyzed around the heinous behavior of Harvey Weinstein exposed the underbelly of what many have secretly known about Hollywood for a number of years. But as more and more women and men came forward about their experiences, the conversation grew to an advocacy moment in culture that should rightfully extend to many other industries. Although the constraints and politics of Hollywood forced many high-profile celebrities to stay silent, there have been countless others who don’t have anywhere near the type of well-lit platform to share their experiences.

A group of actresses have formed a non-profit called ‘Time’s Up’ which will give legal help to those who are being victimized by a culture of sexual intimidation and harassment in a number of industries, including hospitality and agriculture, as outlined in the brilliant TIME magazine ‘Person Of The Year’ edition which paid homage to the “Silence Breakers”.

“Powered by women, TIME’S UP addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential. We partner with leading advocates for equality and safety to improve laws, employment agreements, and corporate policies; help change the face of corporate boardrooms and the C-suite; and enable more women and men to access our legal system to hold wrongdoers accountable,” says the website.

In an effort to raise the profile of this new endeavor, along with wearing black on the night of the Golden Globes as a show of solidarity for the victims and survivors of assault, intimidation and harassment, 8 actresses walked the red carpet with 8 activists who run various non-profits and organizations in the hope it will foster more conversations an action around finding lasting solutions.

“Too much of the recent press attention has been focused on perpetrators and does not adequately address the systematic nature of violence including the importance of race, ethnicity and economic status in sexual violence and other forms of violence against women. Our goal in attending the Golden Globes is to shift the focus back to survivors and on systemic, lasting solutions. Each of us will be highlighting legislative, community-level and interpersonal solutions that contribute to ending violence against women in all our communities. It is our hope that in doing so, we will also help to broaden conversations about the connection to power, privilege and other systemic inequalities,” the group said in a statement.

Tarana Burke, senior director of the nonprofit Girls for Gender Equity and founder of the #MeToo movement, walked with actress Michelle Williams . Marai Larasi, executive director of Imkaan, a British network of organizations working to end violence against black and minority women, walked with Emma Watson. Rosa Clemente, a community organizer focused on political prisoners, voter engagement and Puerto Rican independence, walked with Susan Sarandon. Ai-jen Poo, who organizes immigrant worker women and is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, walked with Meryl Streep.

Monica Ramirez, who fights sexual violence against farmworkers and pushes for Latina empowerment, walked with ‘Big Little Lies’ star Laura Dern. Calina Lawrence, a Suquamish Tribe member, singer and activist for, among other causes, Native American treaty and water rights, walked the carpet with Shailene Woodley. Saru Jayaraman, a workplace justice advocate for restaurant workers, came with comedian Amy Poehler. And Billie Jean King, the tennis champion who founded the Women’s Tennis Association, walked with actress Emma Stone who also portrayed the legend in the film ‘Battle Of The Sexes’.

“As longtime organizers, activists and advocates for racial and gender justice, it gives us enormous pride to stand with the members of the Time’s Up campaign who have stood up and spoken out in this groundbreaking historical moment. We want to encourage all women — from those who live in the shadows to those who live in the limelight, from all walks of life, and across generations — to continue to step forward and know that they will be supported when they do,” the statement continued.

The red carpet was certainly one to remember, and thankfully for more than just the outfits and designer labels being shown-off, but the important messages and calls for action continued throughout the show, making it a night that firmly put the issue of dismantling existing, damaging power structures in Hollywood and beyond front and center. In keeping with the number 8, here are our top 8 moments of the Golden Globes show:

  1. Nicole Kidman winning the first award of the night for her role in ‘Big Little Lies’ (which she also co-produced with Reese Witherspoon) saying, “This character that I played represents something that is the center of our conversation right now: abuse…I do believe, and I hope, we can elicit change through the stories we tell and the way we tell them. Let’s keep the conversation alive” in her acceptance speech.

  1. ‘Marvelous Miss Maisel’ actress Rachel Brosnahan winning best performance by an actress in TV series, comedy or musical, said “This is a story about a bold and brilliant and complicated woman, and I am so endlessly proud to be a part of it, but there are so many women’s stories out there that still need and deserve to be told. So as we enter into this new year please let’s continue to hold each other accountable and invest in and champion and make these stories” about the need for more women’s stories on screen.

  1. ‘This Is Us’ actor Sterling K. Brown becoming the first black man to win best actor in a drama TV series pointed to the importance of racially diverse casting, saying, “Throughout the majority of my career, I’ve benefited from colorblind casting. But [creator] Dan Fogleman, you wrote a role for a black man that can only be played by a black man, and so what I appreciate so much about this thing is that I’m being seen for who I am and I’m being appreciated for who I am. That makes it that much more difficult to dismiss me or dismiss anyone who looks like me.”

  1. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ TV series creator Bruce Miller winning for best television series used his speech to mention how author Margaret Atwood’s fiction book is a warning to the real life endeavors of conservative Christian politicians aiming to strip women of their fundamental rights to make decisions about their bodies and health. “To all the people in this room, and this country, and this world who do everything they can to stop ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ from becoming real, keep doing that,” he said.

  1. ‘Big Little Lies’ actress Laura Dern winning for best supporting actress gave a powerful speech about the need for a change in culture. “Many of us were taught not to tattle. It was a culture of silencing and that was normalized. I urge all of us to not only support survivors and bystanders who are brave enough to tell their truth, but to promote restorative justice…May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture’s new north star,” she said.

  1. Presenter and Hollywood legend Barbra Streisand was on stage to hand out the last award of the night, and called out the industry for not doing enough to support female directors. “Backstage I heard they said I was the only woman … to get the best director award, and you know, that was 1984: That was 34 years ago. Folks, time’s up!. We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for best director. There are so many films out there that are so good directed by women,” she said, just after actress Natalie Portman presented the award for best director by saying “here are the all-male nominees”.

  1. Although it was technically a red carpet moment ‘Scandal’ star Kerry Washington telling reporters why she and her fellow actresses decided to show up and speak out, instead of stay home to boycott the show was a powerful reminder we need women’s voices more than ever. “The reason we’re here and didn’t just stay home is because we feel we shouldn’t have sit out the night, give up our seats at the table, our voice in this industry because of bad behavior that wasn’t ours. We get to be here to celebrate each other and stand in joy and solidarity and say we are looking out for anybody who feels marginalized in the workplace, whether you’re a woman or man, because of your sexual orientation, age, race, gender, we’re here to support you. We’re committed to making a change not just in our industry, but in every industry.
  2. And finally, a speech that certainly put a capstone on a night of empowerment, was the inimitable Oprah Winfrey taking us to church with her speech after accepting the Cecil B. de Mille award. “I want all of the girls watching here now to know, that a new day is on the horizon. And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say, ‘me too’ again,” she said. You can watch the full video below.

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