Golden Globes Protest

Golden Globes is one of the biggest awards shows within the movie industry. With the amount of publicity it receives, whether on TV, the news, or social media, the Golden Globes is the perfect scene for a peaceful protest. And that’s why many people attending, not only actors and actresses, decided to protest against the multiple sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood today.

    The movement was mainly sponsored by the “Me Too” campaign, which targets men who has sexually harassed women within the film industry. According to Chicago’s WGN 9, “Out of solidarity with the victims of sexual harassment and assault, many women have said they will be dressing in black for the Globes. It’s a plan that, on the red carpet and on the stage, will ensure the spotlight remains on the film industry’s endemic gender imbalances.There has been a major breakout of allegations this year, and major producers, like Harvey Weinstein, has been one of the many who has had many women come forward with sexual harassment convictions. Senior, Nicole Schirripa shared her thought on the situation, “It was a very effective way of spreading such an important message.”

    This form of protesting has been around for decades, and first appeared during the Women’s Suffrage movement, in the early 1900’s. Vox emphasizes this correlation between the two protest by stating, “Women’s Social and Political Union, asked protesters in 1908 to wear one of three symbolic colors at a suffrage rally: white for purity, purple for dignity, and green for hope.” Today, many women politicians wear white to bring forth the movement again, and what it stood for.

    The dramatic increase of sexual harassment charges, has shaken the industry. Many programs, shows, and movies have been stripped from certain networks, or even prevented from coming out at all. According to Quartz, “Men like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Louis C.K. who allegedly used their power to harass and abuse women and men are being exposed. And studios and distributors that want to be on the right side of history are distancing themselves from them.” Thankfully, many movie companies are taking the allegations seriously. Senior Gianna Masi was glad to hear about the support saying, “It’s great to hear that the those women who were harassed are being backed up, even by major movie industries.”

    For those who don't know what the “Me Too” movement is about, it was started ten years ago, by Tarana Burke. The goal, as stated on the website, to help “By bringing vital conversations about sexual violence into the mainstream, we're helping to de-stigmatize survivors by highlighting the breadth and impact sexual violence has on thousands of women, and we’re helping those who need it to find entry points to healing.”

    Many people believe that this movement is one of the most important in history, and that we need this more than ever. This has become such a huge issue, that TIME Magazine for their 2017 Person of the Year, selected the “Silence Breakers” to be on the front cover. They included the women who are said to have put this movement in motion, bringing a very serious dilemma into the light of the public. According to TIME itself, “Women have had it with bosses and co-workers who not only cross boundaries but don't even seem to know that boundaries exist. They've had it with the fear of retaliation, of being blackballed, of being fired from a job they can't afford to lose.” Junior, Victoria Sheridan, stated “This is a movement that is long overdue.” Let’s help to spread awareness and support to those who need it.

Lily Lockwood