A month ago, it was revealed that some of Hollywood’s most famous faces wouldn’t be donning their usual bedazzled, colourful dresses on the Golden Globes red carpet.
Instead, as they prepare to attend the first awards ceremony of 2018 the women – and yes, some men, too – would be wearing all black, part of a visual protest of Hollywood’s culture of harassment and abuse that was exposed in the last quarter of 2017.
In the months leading up to the Golden Globes ceremony, some of the mightiest names in the movie industry have fallen: Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Brett Ratner, Dustin Hoffman and Steven Seagal.
And the women of Hollywood are saying enough is enough. And they want the world to know it.
Last week, some of the industry’s most recognisable names – think Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes – launched an anti-harassment coalition, named Time’s Up.
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The initiative, which includes a $15 million legal defence fund (the money was donated by stars themselves), aims to advocate for legislation to combat workplace harassment for women in every position.
That means those in the entertainment industry, as well as healthcare workers, teachers, janitors and everyone in between.
“Time’s up on silence. Time’s up on waiting. Time’s up on tolerating discrimination, harassment and abuse,” reads the campaign’s catch cry.