Paloma Faith is known for speaking candidly and last night she made her disappointment in the male attendees of the Brit Awards crystal clear.
From ‘black out’ dress codes, as were favoured at the Golden Globes and BAFTA Film Awards, to white roses, which have been brandished by attendees of the Grammys and now the Brit Awards; these visual statements firmly reinforce the changes that are being demanded by women in the entertainment industry.
But although these movements have been spearheaded, supported and developed by women, the fight for equality is not something we can do alone.
In fact, the need for men’s voices and support in this conversation are crucial to creating a world where all genders are treated fairly.
But although many men in the film and television industries will repeat the party line pledging their alliance to equality, actions speak louder than words, and as Paloma Faith sees it many of the male attendees of the Brit Awards have been dragging their feet.
Speaking to BBC news the singer said: “The only thing I’m upset about tonight is not more men carrying white roses. I think they should have.”
A-listers first started sporting white roses at this month’s Grammy Awards as a symbol of solidarity with victims of harassment and abuse.
Dozens of female attendees including Dua Lipa, Emma Bunton and Cheryl Cole, carried white roses in their hands or pinned them to their clothes.
Not content with simply calling out the men at the awards ceremony, Faith actually approached male duo and rock band Royal Blood, and physically pinned a white rose to one of their jackets.
Faith explained: “I put a white rose on one of them, which I think is really important. Because I think men should support.”
She was also keen to highlight that the issues of sexism and sexual misconduct are not exclusive to the music or film industries, but that the movements should be benefiting women all over the world and in every profession.
“What I think is really important is that we’re speaking across the board for women because I have never met a woman who hasn’t experienced it in any profession,” she said.
Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Rag’n’Bone Man were among some of the men who did bring a white rose with them.
Sheeran commented on the flower pinned to his jacket, saying: “I think it should have happened sooner, but I’m glad it’s happening.”
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