After many actors and actresses wore black at the 2018 Golden Globes, a group of UK-based female film and television industry leaders is asking actresses to continue wearing black for the 2018 BAFTA Awards this year.
The organization, Deadline, obtained a copy of the letter which stated that it’s “important to make a statement to show global solidarity,” and the issue hasn’t been forgotten.
To wear black is to acknowledge those who have been victimized as a result of inequality and abuse. Additionally, the color, black, is the shade which most people feel comfortable in.
According to the letter, over half of the women in the United Kingdom have experienced sexual harassment at work, and the figure rises to two thirds for young women between the age of 18 and 24.
However, it’s important to note that what constitutes “sexual harassment,” can significantly affect the result of such a survey and study.
For example, if one were to consider harassment as “any unwanted sexual comment,” nearly every person on earth who has heard an inappropriate sexual joke at work could say it’s sexual harassment.
Either way, the intentions of the movement are noble and for a good reason. As you may know, the news of sexual harassment, assault, and rape hit the mainstream media hard last year following the case of Harvey Weinstein.
As a result of the media attention, governments and organizations are already making tremendous changes to Human Resources departments and other chambers in workplaces and government branches. As a result of the #MeToo movement and “Time’s Up” initiative, women are demanding social progress.