Black is slimming; it’s somber. However tonight, it is bright. It is empowering. It is a strong show of solidarity.
In an effort to make a statement against sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and beyond. Many stars in Hollywood along with others in the entertainment industry. Banded together by showing up to the 75th Golden Globes in black attire as part of the Times Up movement.
The movement began when a letter, written by Latina farmworkers. Was sent to Time Magazine, where they showed solidarity with all 700,000 woman who work in agricultural fields and packing shed across the United States.
“For the past several weeks we have watched and listened with sadness as we have learned of the actors, models and other individuals who have come forward to speak out about the gender based violence they’ve experienced at the hands of bosses, coworkers and other powerful people in the entertainment industry.”
The letter continues “We do not work under bright stage lights or on the big screen. We work in the shadows of society in isolated fields and packinghouses that are out of sight and out of mind for most people in this country. Your job feeds souls, fills hearts and spreads joy. Our job nourishes the nation with the fruits, vegetables and other crops that we plant, pick and pack.”
Following the publication of the letter, a second solidarity letter was written by nearly 300 women in Hollywood and published by the Times.
“We write on behalf of over 300 women who work in film, television and theater. A little more than two months ago, courageous individuals revealed the dark truth of ongoing sexual harassment and assault by powerful people in the entertainment industry. At one of our most difficult and vulnerable moments, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (the National Farmworker Women’s Alliance) sent us a powerful and compassionate message of solidarity for which we are deeply grateful…To the member of Alianza and farmworkers women across the country, we see you, we thank you, and we acknowledge the heavy weight of our common experience of being preyed upon, harassed, and exploited by those who abuse their power and threaten our physical and economic security.”
The movement is more than wearing black and donning a Times Up pin, to one of Hollywood’s most glamourous nights. A legal defense fund, was set up to push for legislation to strengthen laws regarding workplace harassment and discrimination. The fund, will be administered by the National Women’s Law Center, as stated on Times Up website. The Legal Network for Gender Equity will also connect individuals who have experienced sexual harassment and/or experienced retaliation for speaking out. With attorneys who can provide legal assistance including a free initial consultation.
Many stars shared their thoughts on Times Up movement at tonight’s red carpet. Expressing the feel of empowerment, solidarity and sisterhood that is sweeping through the night.
The Golden Globes air tonight on NBC