On Sunday night, two unlikely worlds collaborated in solidarity at the Golden Globe Awards to make a powerful statement: Time’s Up. The crowd of attendees at the iconic award show was draped in a sea of black, as Hollywood stood in solidarity against the recent allegations and revelations of sexual violence in the entertainment field.
In addition to the black outfits and “Time’s Up pins,” some actresses took it a step further by bringing some important figures along with them. Michelle Williams, Emma Watson, Susan Sarandon, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Amy Poehler, Emma Stone, and Shailene Woodley brought activists with them as their guests. Some of these activists include Tarana Burke, the creator of the #MeToo hashtag, Rosa Clemente, Afro-Puerto Rican activist and creator of Puerto Rico on the Map, a media collective founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, and Calina Lawrence, a member of the Suquamish Tribe and advocate for the Water is Life movement.
“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,” reads the statement the collective has released. “Our goal in attending the Golden Globes is to shift the focus back to survivors and on systemic, lasting solutions.”
The #TimesUp initiative is part of a growing collective of organizations, movements and leaders working to end gender-based violence and the group says they’re looking forward to teaming up with them to support all survivors to “find solutions that ensure a future where all women can live and work with dignity.”
As award season continues, we hope that performers will continue to recognize the ways in which they can give activism the rightful platform it deserves.