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Why Hollywood actresses are vowing to wear black to the Golden Globes next month.

Upon winning an award for her “astounding contributions to the world of entertainment” at the Golden Globes this January, Meryl Streep delivered a heart-stopping speech in which there were many truths, and one potent premonition.

In it, she lamented the newly elected President of the United States and his habit of ridiculing those who are less privileged – she used President Donald Trump’s imitation of a disabled reporter to make her audience understand.

She also predicted something she likely had no idea would come into fruition so forcefully:

“[We need to] protect journalists because we are going to need them going forward. And they will need us to safeguard the truth.”

Oh, she couldn’t imagine that actresses such as Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek, Olivia Munn and Rose McGowan would be the ones safeguarding the truth and tearing down, via journalists, the towers of sexual abuse and harassment that have controlled Hollywood and politics and media for decades.

The next Golden Globes on January 7 will be different for a number of reasons.

Meryl Streep at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Image: Getty.
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First, the tone will be different. Perhaps more introspective, considering the waterfall of allegations levelled against Hollywood heavyweights such as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis CK, Brett Ratner, Dustin Hoffman and Steven Seagal.

Second, the red carpet will be flooded with black. A number of actresses have vowed to wear black as a way to protest the grotesque alleged behaviour that has been exposed in the past few months - since Judd took her allegations against Weinstein public in October.

LISTEN: We discuss why feminists still revere figures such as Bill Clinton in the age of Weinstein. Post continues after audio. 

"This movement is spreading rampantly and pretty much all the nominated women and others attending are participating," an insider told US Weekly.

"All the stylists who already did fittings are now changing out their clients' original picks for Globes (potentially shifting those dresses to the SAG Awards or other carpets)."

There's no word yet if Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman, both Golden Globe nominees, will be partaking in the protest.

But the awards are sure to represent a new beginning for the entertainment industry. One where power is not mistaken for a free pass. And where manipulation and exploitation is to the detriment of one person only: the abuser.

LISTEN: Why it is we still revere Bill Clinton post-Weinstein?

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