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Golden Globes Women Speak Out In Unity About Sexual Harassment

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Golden Globes Women

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Golden Globes Women

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Women at the 2018 Golden Globes on Sunday dressed in black to show unity and spoke out on the red carpet and on stage about sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood. Check out the videos below.

Beginning with the dozens of allegations leveled against Harvey Weinstein, the film and television industries have been rocked by women coming forward to speak about experiencing harassment and assault. Many actresses have taken part in the #MeToo campaign on Twitter to show that they, too, have been victimized. And in advance of tonight’s awards show, a number of stars said they would don black in a show of solidarity.

So, whereas the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton is usually a rainbow of sorts with women in dresses of every color, almost everyone showed up to the ceremony in black. Many female stars also chose to walk the red carpet together and with activists they invited as guests, instead of with their significant others. And during interviews, they spoke about the importance of supporting and believing women. Some men talked about the subject, too.

That outspokenness continued during the actual awards show itself, beginning with host Seth Meyers’ monologue. In his opening, he made pointed jokes about accused harassers and assaulters, such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, but also said quite seriously, “People in this room worked really hard to get here, but it’s clearer than ever before that women had to work even harder. I look forward to you leading us into whatever comes next.”

Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson presented the first award, and as she opened the envelope, the actress encouraged Johnson to help. “I’m inclusive. It’s men and women together,” she declared. Nicole Kidman was the winner, and she credited her mom for instilling in her a woman’s worth. Rachel Brosnahan was the second female to win, and she pointed out that there’s “so many women’s stories that need to be told.” She urged women to “hold each other accountable” and “champion these stories.”

The third woman to win, Elisabeth Moss, quoted The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood, who was not in attendance, to celebrate her and “all of the women who came before you and after you who were brave enough to speak out against intolerance and injustice and speak out for equality in the world.” Shortly after, the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Meher Tatna, highlighted how women were standing in “solidarity,” and announced two grants to journalism organizations, explaining that the media is critical in bringing stories to light.

In the second hour, winner Laura Dern said, “Many of us were taught not to tattle. It was a culture of silencing and that was normalized. I urge all of us to not only support [those speaking out]… but to promote restorative justice. May we also protect and employ them. May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture’s new north star.”

The most powerful comments came from Oprah, as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award. “This year, [women] became the story. But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry,” she pointed out. The legend went on to say that “a new day is on the horizon. And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, are fighting hard to make sure they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘me too’ again.”

She received a resounding standing ovation, after which the ceremony awkwardly continued with the next awards category, which was Best Director. Natalie Portman emphasized, “Here are the all-male nominees.” A little later, when “Big Little Lies” won, producer and star Reese Witherspoon said, “I want to thank everyone who broke their silence… Time is up. We see you. We hear you. And we will tell your stories.” And Salma Hayek led everyone in a “time’s up” yell while introducing the drama movie nominee, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

When presenting lead actress in a comedy movie, Jessica Chastain joked that the winner would get back the 23 percent lost to the wage gap because the industry “saved so much money kicking people out of Hollywood this year.” Susan Sarandon later brought up the wage gap as well. Winner Frances McDormand gave props to the HFPA, noting, “They managed to elect a female president.” And in ending her acceptance speech, she stressed, “The women in this room tonight are not here for the food. We are here for the work.”

Before Barbra Streisand presented the last award, she reflected on being the only woman to ever win Best Director. “That was 1984. That was 34 years ago. Folks, time’s up,” she exclaimed. “We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for Best Director. I’m very proud to stand in a room with people who speak out against gender inequality, sexual harassment and the pettiness that has poisoned our politics.” She went on to say she’s “proud our industry has vowed to change the way we do business.” Check out the videos below.

 


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