YAS! Hollywood Wore Black To The Golden Globes As A “Fuck You” To Sexual Assault

Earlier today, at the 75th Golden Globes Awards, there was a blackout – not the fleeting kind where the lights come back moments later. It was the recurrent theme of the night. The women of Hollywood had spoken. As they strutted on the red carpet, swathed in black couture numbers, the message was clear – time’s up, for the long-standing culture of repression, of silence and fear, of powerful men getting away with assault.


In the wake of rampant sexual assault cases finally coming out in the open, with many illustrious names accused, including but not limited to Harry Weinstein, Time’s Up was founded. 300 celebrities came together to speak up against sexual harassment and assault. Everyone, from A-list actresses to directors, writers, agents and producers, set up a legal defense fund. Headlining the movement are Ashley Judd, America Ferrera, Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, among others.

Prior to the awards’ night, black was collectively picked as the colour of the night. A Time’s Up pin also emerged as a symbol of solidarity.

As expected, supporters of the movements abandoned colour. Nicole Kidman, who won the first award of the night for Big Little Lies, showed up in an Alexander McQueen gown.


Reese Witherspoon, who also took home an award for the show, chose solidarity over colour. She cracked the best-dressed list in a minimal one-shoulder number. Marching down with her was a pregnant Eva Longoria, also dressed in black.



Kerry Washington posed in a sparkling Prabal Gurung number with her legs akimbo, flashing her baddest grin. Margot Robbie worked the plunging neckline on her Gucci gown whilst also demanding an end to systemic sexual harassment.



Mandy Moore’s Rosie Assoulin gown was as fierce as the statement that she was trying to make. It came with a bright red waist sash and shoulder-baring neckline.


It was all black - Tracee Ellis Ross’s glorious turban, Penelope Cruz’s sexy lace gown, Gal Gadot’s awkwardly chopped tux, America Ferrera’s crumpled suit, Natalie Portman’s velvet smokestorm, Billie Jean King’s power pantsuit and Viola Davis’s slinky slip. It was iconic. Dare we say, a rare collaboration between fashion and activism.



As devastating as the last year was, this collective “fuck you” was much-needed. Whether this will jolt the dysfunctional industry out of its sexist stupor is uncertain. For now, this all-black, no-tolerance show of hands is solid. Oprah Winfrey, who won the Cecil B DeMille trophy- the first black to ever have won it, – put it perfectly in her acceptance speech.

"For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up!"

Middle fingers are out.

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