The red carpet looked a lot different at the 2018 Golden Globes.
The 2018 Golden Globes may have looked like a somber affair, with everyone clad almost entirely in black, but in reality, it turned out to be one of the most empowering awards ceremonies in Hollywood’s history.
Seth Meyers started the night off strong, harshly calling out known abusers, including Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, and the tone continued throughout the rest of the evening. Many stars called attention to the #TIMESUP and #metoo movements by sporting pins and addressing the movements by name, and everyone excitedly defended their choice to wear black to the event in a show of solidarity with abuse victims. As Meryl Streep beautifully put it, “we feel emboldened in this particular moment in a thick, black line, dividing then from now.”
Throughout the ceremony, many women used their moment in the spotlight to make a statement about the current state of Hollywood, and the need for a shift in the power imbalance. Laura Dern, Oprah, Nicole Kidman, and Elizabeth Moss were among the most notable to draw attention to the issue, with Moss quoting Margaret Atwood, lamenting the days when women “lived in the gaps between stories.”
Another notable change in the red carpet aesthetic was that many famous actresses opted to bring inspiring female activists as their guests to the event, and chose to elevate their voices over promoting themselves. Prior to the event, the eight activists in attendance released this joint statement:
“As longtime organizers, activists and advocates for racial and gender justice, it gives us enormous pride to stand with the members of the TIMES UP campaign who have stood up and spoken out in this groundbreaking historical moment. We have each dedicated our lives to doing work that supports the least visible, most marginalized women in our diverse contexts. We do this work as participants in movements that seek to affirm the dignity and humanity of every person.
Too much of the recent press attention has been focused on perpetrators and does not adequately address the systematic nature of violence including the importance of race, ethnicity and economic status in sexual violence and other forms of violence against women. Our goal in attending the Golden Globes is to shift the focus back to survivors and on systemic, lasting solutions. Each of us will be highlighting legislative, community-level and interpersonal solutions that contribute to ending violence against women in all our communities. It is our hope that in doing so, we will also help to broaden conversations about the connection to power, privilege and other systemic inequalities.
Many of us identify as survivors of sexual harassment, assault and violence ourselves and we believe we are nearing a tipping point in transforming the culture of violence in the countries where we live and work. It’s a moment to transform both the written and unwritten rules that devalue the lives and experiences of women. We believe that people of all genders and ages should live free of violence against us. And, we believe that women of color, and women who have faced generations of exclusion – Indigenous, Black, Brown and Asian women, farmworkers and domestic workers, disabled women, undocumented and queer and trans women — should be at the center of our solutions. This moment in time calls for us to use the power of our collective voices to find solutions that leave no woman behind.
This past year was a powerful one in the fight for gender equity and against sexual violence against women – from the Women’s March to the re-emergence of ‘me too’ as a viral hashtag that brought more than ten years of survivor-centered work to the mainstream. There is still much work to do, and many hands required to do it. We want to encourage all women – from those who live in the shadows to those who live in the spotlight, from all walks of life, and across generations – to continue to step forward and know that they will be supported when they do.
The #TIMESUP initiative joins an ever-growing collective of organizations, movements, and leaders working to end gender-based violence. We look forward to partnering with them and others to organize, support all survivors, and find solutions that ensure a future where all women and all people can live and work with dignity.”
Here’s some more info about the activists that attended the 2018 Golden Globes and their causes!
Tarana Burke – guest of Michelle Williams
Tarana Burke was an extremely relevant guest for Michelle Williams to invite, as she is the founder of the #metoo movement! On top of that, she’s the senior director of Girls for Gender Equity. She’s no stranger to Hollywood either, as her advocacy in Selma, Alabama landed her a consulting role for Selma.
Billie Jean King – guest of Emma Stone
Emma Stone portrayed the tennis legend, Billie Jean King, in Battle of the Sexes, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe. Battle of the Sexes highlights King’s journey as a champion for both women’s and LGBTQ+ rights in addition to her admirable tennis career. King is the founder of the Women’s Tennis Association, the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and the Women’s Sports Foundation. She has also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Marai Larasi – guest of Emma Watson
Marai Larasi is a friend of Emma Watson’s, so she was a natural choice for Watson to bring as her guest to the 2018 Golden Globes. Larasi is the executive director of Imkaan UK, which is a network of organizations fighting to put an end to violence against black women in the UK.
Rosa Clemente – guest of Susan Sarandon
Rosa Clemente, who accompanied Susan Sarandon, is known for her advocacy for Puerto Rican independence, political prisoners in the United States, and voter engagement for youth of color.
Ai-jen Poo – guest of Meryl Streep
Ai-jen Poo accompanied Meryl Streep to the 2018 Golden Globes. She is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, which aids immigrant workers. She is also the co-director of the Caring Across Generations Campaign, is one of Fortune’s 50 Greatest Leaders, and is a 2014 MacArthur fellow.
Saru Jayaraman – guest of Amy Poehler
If you tuned into the 2018 Golden Globes, you definitely saw Amy Poehler’s guest, Saru Jayaraman, as Seth Meyers gave her a shout out in his opening monologue. What you might not know about her, is that she’s the president and co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Center, which organizes restaurant workers to win workplace justice campaigns.
Mónica Ramírez – guest of Laura Dern
Mónica Ramirez is the co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas and is an attorney who specifically advocates for farmworkers and immigrant women, working to put an end to violence against these groups.
Calina Lawrence – guest of Shailene Woodley
Calina Lawrence attended the Golden Globes with Shailene Woodley, who was heavily involved with the protests at Standing Rock, last year. Lawrence is a singer and a member of the Suquamish Tribe who advocates for Native Treaty Rights, among many other issues surrounding violence against women and racial injustice.