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On the heels of the devastating sexual assault and harassment allegations sweeping Hollywood (stemming from those against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein (opens in new tab)), actresses spoke out in protest (opens in new tab) by wearing black to the 2018 Golden Globe Awards.
The sartorial statement was somewhat controversial in the weeks leading up to the awards thanks to Rose McGowan—a vital voice in the #MeToo movement—speaking out (opens in new tab) against what she feels is a passive form of protest in a since-deleted tweet that said,"Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa."
Despite this comment, multiple actresses involved in the #TimesUp Legal Defense Fund wore black to the Globes, including Jessica Chastain, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Helen Mirren, Nicole Kidman, and Reese Witherspoon. "What we are wearing is not a statement of fashion," Amber Tamblyn said (opens in new tab) of the movement. "It is a statement of action. It is a direct message of resistance. Black because we are powerful when we stand together with all women across industry lines. Black because we’re starting over, resetting the standard. Black because we’re done being silenced and we’re done with the silencers. Tonight is not a mourning. Tonight is an awakening."
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Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.