Why these stars didn't wear black to the Golden Globes
The Golden Globe Awards ceremony broadcast on January 7, 2018 was an historic occasion, not only for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), who celebrated its 75th gala honoring excellence in film and television, but also for activists seeking to highlight the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
Representing #MeToo, the "grassroots movement" she founded "over 10 years ago" with the intention of providing "empowerment through empathy to survivors of sexual abuse, assault, exploitation, and harassment in underprivileged communities who typically don't have access to rape crisis centers or counselors," was activist Tarana Burke. She attended the awards with actress Michelle Williams, who, like almost every other actor and actress in attendance, wore black in support of #TimesUp, which is described by Quartz as "a coalition of 300 Hollywood women — actors, directors, producers, writers, agents, and entertainment executives — who have also established a $13 million legal defense fund to provide support for women and men who've experienced sexual harassment or abuse in the workplace."
It was an evening of solidarity and defiance, with Oprah Winfrey tying it all together in a powerful call to action during her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award, honoring her lifetime achievements. In spite of all of that, three people chose not to participate, and wore decidedly not-black dresses. So, who were they, and why did they opt out?