The 75th Golden Globes is the first major awards show to take place after the #MeToo movement went viral – and many have argued that the women of Hollywood should have boycotted the event as an act of protest. Here, Kerry Washington explains why they didn’t…
While many have praised this decision, it has also been met with criticism – particularly from the likes of Rose McGowan, who insisted that it was both vapid and hypocritical.
Referencing their “silent protest” in a tweet, McGowan – who was one of the first of 84 women to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault – wrote: “Your silence is the problem.
“You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly and affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy.”
McGowan finished her tweet by suggesting that all those involved in the movement should “wear Marchesa”, in reference to the fashion line presided over by Weinstein’s estranged wife.
Her comments sparked a huge online debate, with many suggesting that Hollywood stars should boycott the event completely. Kerry Washington, though, has denounced the idea that women should have to pay for the missteps of men.
Speaking from the red carpet at the Golden Globes – where she was, indeed, wearing black – Washington told NBC’s Al Roker that she had made a point of attending the show to speak out about the “imbalance of power,” silence and lack of support in Hollywood.
“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 behaviour that wasn’t ours.”
Washington added: ““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.”
The Time’s Up initiative, as we previously reported, will seed a legal defence fund, backed by $13 million in donations, to help less privileged women protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it.
It will also include the legislation needed to protect against sexual abuse and harassment in the workplace, as well as a drive to reach gender parity across Hollywood.
You can read all about Times Up and learn how to get involved here.
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