Black was the dominant color on the red carpet at Sunday evening’s Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Hollywood as actresses and actors alike largely donned black attire in a statement against sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and gender disparity in Hollywood.
Some performers, including Missi Pyle, showed up on the carpet at the Beverly Hilton with a pin that read “Time’s Up,” reflecting the internet hashtag calling for an end to mistreatment of women in the entertainment industry and beyond.
Many actors even shunned traditional white tuxedo shirts for black in support of the movement.
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Actress Debra Messing of the NBC sitcom “Will & Grace,” spoke out on the E! entertainment television network on the red carpet.
“We want diversity, we want intersectional gender parity, we want equal pay,” Messing said, following up her comments with a dig at E!. “I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts. I miss Catt Sadler.”
Sadler left the entertainment network in December, claiming she was being paid half as much as her co-host, Jason Kennedy.
Rumors had circulated for weeks that attendees at the Golden Globes ceremony at the Beverly Hilton would be donning black attire in a statement against mistreatment of women. The issue has been a big topic in Hollywood following the downfall of producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual harassment or assault by dozens of women. Weinstein has vehemently denied taking part in any non-consensual sexual activity.
Some actresses said they would be accompanied on the red carpet by civil-rights and women’s-rights activists. Among those sticking to the black- attire dress were Catherine Zeta Jones, Heidi Klum, Caitriona Balfe, Alison Brie, Laurie Metcalf and Claire Foy.
Globes host Seth Meyers addressed the topic in his opening monologue, opening with the quip, “Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen.”
He also joked about California: “Marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment isn’t. It’s going to be a good year.”
He drew some nervous laughter from the crowd when he directly discussed Harvey Weinstein, noting that he was not attending the ceremony, “but he’ll be back in 20 years when he’s the first person ever booed during the `in-memoriam'” segment.
–City News Service
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