Golden Globes red carpet transformed by black dress protest
The highly anticipated wear-black protest at the Golden Globes took off yesterday as soon as the red carpet opened, including A-listers Meryl Streep in a deep V-cut gown and Michelle Williams in an embellished off-the-shoulder look with "Me Too" founder Tarana Burke at her side.
Streep, accompanied by domestic violence advocate Ai-jen Poo, said she chose black to stand in solidarity with others trying to right the power imbalance that leads to sexual abuse. "We want to fix that, and we feel sort of emboldened in this particular moment to stand together in a thick black line," Streep told the black-clad Ryan Seacrest on the carpet in Beverly Hills, California yesterday.
Turning the Globes dark on the fashion front had been anticipated for days after a call for massive reform following the downfall of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, and numerous others accused of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, media, fashion, tech, publishing and other industries. The new initiative Time's Up, backed by more than 300 women in Hollywood, doled out pins intended in part for those who might already have locked in more colourful looks. While the sea of black was unprecedented, the colour is not a red carpet newbie during awards season.
Not everybody supported the protest. Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of rape, has loudly and persistently called the effort an empty gesture.
Though the red carpet was dominated by black, actors made it their own: