Women in Hollywood are tired of biting their tongues and continuing to be used and abused in the industry they work in.
Amid the onslaught of sexual assault allegations which have been breaking left and right throughout the year, the actresses in Hollywood are taking a very visible and pointed stand against the ubiquitous issue of sexual violence.
Thirty actresses and counting have already decided to wear black on awards night. Some of these actresses will be walking the red carpet, others presenting, and some who have earned a nomination and may win in their category.
While the person who originally came up with the idea hasn’t been identified, reports say that it started with a small group of women who wanted to make a bold statement and grew from there. It’s a safe bet that many of the women who will be attending the ceremony this year will be donning all black.
A few of the actresses that have been praised and nominated this year for their contributions to portraying compelling characters are Michelle Williams, Jessica Chastain, Frances McDormand, Sally Hawkins, Julie Dench, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Helen Mirren, Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan and many more.
Both Jessica Chastain and Emma Stone have been very vocal and upfront about their positions and feelings on the way that Hollywood has protected powerful men in high places who feel they can do whatever they want.
At one point Chastain feared that her career would be jeopardized for speaking out about such atrocities and gross imbalances in the industry.
Stone has spoken frankly about the need for women to be equal to men in this, and every industry, because the positions of power that go hand in hand with monetary stock only further emboldens predatory behavior.
There is no doubt that much will continue to be said about the issue. One thing is for sure: it’s not a new issue and it’s not one that is only specific to the ultra-glamorous trappings of Hollywood. Much will certainly be said about the numerous scandals, on the red carpet and onstage at the Golden Globes ceremony.
The awards show airs January 7th.