Celebrities like Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon are excited to paint the Golden Globes carpet black this year. The annual awards ceremony will host Hollywood's silent all-black fashion protest. Both women and men are set to show up in a unified sea of black-colored ensembles in order to bring attention to the recent sexual harassment allegations that have been plaguing tinseltown as well as to shine a bigger light on gender equality. What began with the strong desire of a small kernel of actresses wanting to protest awards season altogether, eventually grew into an international movement called: TIME'S UP. The initiative, which is backed by stars like Eva Longoria and Natalie Portman, has vowed to fight against “sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace,” according to its website. HOLA! USA caught up with some of the stars who will be showing their solidarity in black at Sunday night's big show.
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Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, America Ferrera, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington, Meryl Streep and more stars showed their support for the TIME'S UP movement Photo: Instagram/@reesewitherspoon
Best Supporting Actress nominee Allison Janney said at the BAFTA Tea about the movement: "I think it will be a celebration. It’s wonderful to say we stand together and we are taking a step forward. We are taking action. I’ve donated myself to Time’s Up and am encouraging others. It’s a really wonderful beginning." She also hinted about her dress choice, telling us: "It’s beautiful and has some other accents in it, so it’s not all black, which I understood, but I was relieved to hear other women were taking their own spin on the black."
Diane Kruger, who has confirmed she will be wearing black as well, told HOLA! USA that she doesn't think this will be a one time protest. "Yea, it’s a symbol," she said also while attending the 2018 BAFTA Tea party. "The important thing is to follow up, and creating the fund is a very powerful step, and keep on top of it. That it’s not going to be a moment."
Celebrities like Natalie Portman, Jessica Chastain, Edgar Ramirez, Laura Dern and Eva Longoria have been supporting TIME'S UP Photo: Instagram/@edgarramierez
Connie Britton also noted at Sean Penn’s J/P HRO Gala, saying she is "definitely wearing black," however, she refers to it as: "celebratory black." The 50-year-old Smilf star doesn't hold anything against stars that aren't comfortable taking part, though. "I am certainly not anybody who is going to be dogmatic about something like this. I think if you feel comfortable in joining the movement then that can be very powerful. I also am really a strong advocate for people doing what feels really right for them. What I feel is that it’s not about judgment. It’s really about empowerment for women and men. It’s about respect. If it comes down to what color earring you are wearing or accessories or what color dress you want to wear, I really hope that that ultimately becomes about individual empowerment and respect for one another. That’s the language I hope we will be speaking."
Just because some stars won't physically be at the Golden Globes doesn't mean they aren't participating. Jennifer Lopez showed her support all the way from Puerto Rico, wearing black while speaking about the movement. The 48-year-old Shades of Blue star shared an emotional clip from the speech to her Instagram. Alongside her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer said: “Today is the Golden Globes in Los Angeles and a lot of the women with hashtag Time’s Up are standing up for equality, to be treated equally and for sexual harassment, and I stand here today in black, doing the same.”
TODAY is a Big day!!! JOIN US! #TIMESUP on abuse, harassment, and the imbalance of power. Not just in Hollywood, but every industry! We stand together. Today, join us : Wear Black! Post pictures! Tag us! Use the hashtag #WhyWeWearBlack and tell us why you stand with @TimesUpNow. @traceeellisross @rashidajones @kerrywashington @brielarson @tessamaethompson
Reese Witherspoon took to Instagram to share her own video, which features her A-list pals Tracee Ellis Ross, Brie Larson, Kerry Washington, Tessa Thompson and Rashida Jones. The stars start out by thanking all who have donated to the TIME'S UP fund, which has raised over fifteen million dollars. The group then encourage viewers at home to stand with them in wearing black while they watch telecast. "TODAY is a Big day!!!" Reese wrote along with the video. "JOIN US! #TIMESUP on abuse, harassment, and the imbalance of power. Not just in Hollywood, but every industry! We stand together. Today, join us: Wear Black! Post pictures! Tag us! Use the hashtag #WhyWeWearBlack and tell us why you stand with @TimesUpNow." Other stars that have said they are wearing black include: Mark Ruffalo, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Eiza González, Rosario Dawson, Michelle Williams and more.