The Golden Globes this year had a slightly different dress code than previous years. Although the decision was unofficial and voluntary, most actresses donned black dresses this year. Except those who didn’t. This is their story (courtesy of Unilad).
Which is not to say that the decision to wear black is not honorable or supported. The vast majority of actresses did this, clothing themselves in variants of black attire, in order to show solidarity with victims of sexual assault – a phenomenon that seems to have been pervasive in Hollywood.
A lot of famous actresses supported this trend to appear in black on this year’s Golden Globes, including Angelina Jolie, Michelle Williams, and Jessica Chastain among many others.
#AngelinaJolie wearing a black #AtelierVersace gown with strapless neckline and sheer overlay with feathered cape accent and ruched detail at the waist at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards. #GoldenGlobes #Globes75 pic.twitter.com/nD35VNFCxf
— VERSACE (@Versace) January 8, 2018
A statement was released ahead of the show; here is an excerpt:
“We believe we are nearing a tipping point in transforming the culture of violence in the countries where we live and work. It’s a moment to transform both the written and unwritten rules that devalue the lives and experiences of women.”
The group of actresses asked for everyone’s support for the Golden Globes – even from viewers at home:
“However you choose to participate – you can get dressed up in a gown if you want. We’re accepting PJs and sweats too. Whatever you want.”
Meryl Streep, now somewhat infamous, stated:
“People are aware now of a power imbalance and it’s something that leads to abuse. It led to abuse in our own industry and led to abuse in domestic work… in the military, in Congress… and we want to fix that. We feel emboldened to stand together in a thick black line.”
But, while all that is well and good and reads rather like a… well-rehearsed political performance, there were those actresses who either didn’t get the memo, or, had their own ideas on how to address things.
Blanca Blanco, for example, shone like a fiery beacon of nonconformity:
— A Fashionistas Diary (@afdiaries) January 7, 2018
She attended the awards ceremony together with her partner, the sixty-eight-year-old actor John Savage. Needless to say, Blanco looked gorgeous. And despite the massive solidarity with the all-black movement, she wasn’t alone in her disapproval or disagreement with it.
It was Rose McGowan herself – who kinda started it all when it was the most difficult, confronting Weinstein herself – was one of them. She was critical of the “everyone should wear black now” Golden Globes idea and didn’t mince words. In a tweet concerning the celebration, she said:
“And not one of those fancy people wearing black, to honor our rapes, would have lifted a finger had it not been so.
I have no time for Hollywood fakery”
Rose McGowan went against the grain of “Hollywood fakery” and didn’t mince words.
Her stance is not that surprising, or controversial, even, since a lot of women had a lot of things to say about the past several months. Some may find it difficult to believe, but women are individuals and have different opinions. That’s healthy and normal, and there’s nothing controversial about not wanting to follow a trend.
Women have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on these matters:
— ClassyNoggin (@classynogin) January 8, 2018
Can we discuss something real quick? So, yes, Blanca Blanco wore red to the #GoldenGlobes. Am I disappointed she didn’t support the #TIMESUP movement by wearing black? Yes. But the comments she’s received are the epitome of why the movement is needed. For example:
— Ellen Shockey (@EllenDShock) January 8, 2018
— Blanca Blanco (@blancablanco) January 7, 2018
And not one of those fancy people wearing black to honor our rapes would have lifted a finger had it not been so. I have no time for Hollywood fakery, but you I love, .@AsiaArgento #RoseArmy https://t.co/9e0938y5sI
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) January 8, 2018
However, the toxic nature of sexual abuse shouldn’t be understated. It was only under the protective umbrella of safety in numbers that so many women felt comfortable with telling their own stories. The hashtag “Me Too” was a part of that. But we should not forget those who didn’t feel comfortable with sharing their stories too:
Reminder that if a woman didn’t post #MeToo, it doesn’t mean she wasn’t sexually assaulted or harassed. Survivors don’t owe you their story.
— Alexis Benveniste (@apbenven) October 16, 2017
Well, we hope this stops being an issue for next year’s Golden Globes. One can dream…