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Golden Globes Fashion Halted by Red Carpet Fashion Blackout
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7 Jan 2018 04:08 PM EST

-by Chanel Adams, Staff Writer; Image: Official photo of the Golden Globe Award statuette (Image Source: Hollywood Foreign Press Association® and the Golden Globe® Awards / Fair Use via Wikimedia Commons)

Last month, it was announced that actresses would be wearing all-black on the Golden Globes red carpet to protest the rampant sexual harassment in Hollywood.

There was plenty of criticism to follow this decision. Many critics wonder how such a protest can enact social change? Others call it “slacktivism,” saying that it's not enough.

The decision to wear all-black on the red carpet has been one of the many pushes made by Time's Up, a Hollywood initiative to end sexual misconduct and gender inequality in the entertainment industry. The initiative has been supported by Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Shonda Rhimes, among others. But that has some wondering if wearing all-black is going to help bring those issues to light?

Celebrity stylist Cristina Ehrlich will help many of those actresses wear all-black on the Golden Globes red carpet. Her clients include Penelope Cruz, Brie Larson, Allison Williams, Alison Brie, Laura Dern, Greta Gerwig, and  Yvonne Strahovski, according to Time. Ehrlich told the publication that choosing black looks for the red carpet was extremely important not only to support Time's Up but because it was “a bold and brave expression that will hopefully lay out a new landscape.” She did note that there are plenty of ways to protest to help bring light to these issues.

Others think it'll shift the focus on which actresses are wearing black (or not wearing black) instead of focusing on the core problem. Rashida Jones says critics are missing the point of the red carpet “blackout.” She is just one of the 300 women who signed the open letter announcing the start of the Time's Up Campaign.

“This is not a silent protest,” Jones told InStyle. “I don't think why we wear black is divisive as much as it is being discussed and debated without all the facts. Many women on the red carpet will discuss what's important to them about their choice to protest and wear black.”

Sophia Bush also explained the importance of the “blackout.” The actress and the rest of the One Tree Hill also penned an open letter in support of their colleague, One Tree Hill writer Audrey Wauchope. The letter came after Wauchope accused the showrunner of sexual harassment. During her respective interview with InStyle, Bush addressed the criticism that the Golden Globes blackout seems “trivial.”

“You will acknowledge the black; the blackout,” Bush said. “The conversation will matter. Women’s voices will be heard. Women at awards shows have a platform, and this year it’s being taken to stand with women everywhere. And no one can cut away from it. So certainly, it’s about more than a dress.”

Eva Longoria and Rosario Dawson are asking people to take part in the Golden Globes “blackout” at home. They're hoping that viewers will wear black to protest sexual harassment in Hollywood on Sunday. On Friday, Dawson posted on Twitter explaining her decision to wear all-black at the event.

“We wear black to symbolize solidarity,” she said. “That the death knell has struck on abusive power and that It’s time to celebrate each other— not just the nominees on our film and television screens, but our storytellers who have bravely come forward and courageously shared their personal stories, which have liberated so many of us.”

Longoria is one of the founding members of Time's Up. She sat down for an interview with NYT about the “blackout,” saying many stars plan to participate in solidarity and that it has nothing to do with fashion.

“This is a moment of solidarity, not a fashion moment,” Longoria said. “For years, we've sold these awards as women, with our gowns and colors and our beautiful faces and our glamour. This time the industry can't expect us to go up and twirl around. That's not what this moment is about.” 

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