Award season is upon us which means red carpets are being rolled out and speeches are being prepared and fine-tuned. As of late, Hollywood has been a place of tumult and controversy. The grim truth about many male directors, producers, and actors has bubbled and boiled over thanks to the hundreds of men and women who have been brave enough to come forward and claim their abuser.
Though it is no secret to those within the machine, the public is now finding out exactly how sexual misconduct pervades the environment behind the screen. The exposure and expulsion of director and producer Harvey Weinstein of Weinstein Films was only the tip of the iceberg. Over a dozen women came forward with allegations accusing Weinstein of non-consensual harassment, assault, and rape. Weinstein has since been banned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and his accusers have inspired dozens of other women to come out and tell their truths.
Nominees, presenters, and likely many attendees plan to wear all black to protest sexual harassment in Hollywood and show solidarity with those who have come forward and those too afraid.
Actress Jessica Chastain held her tale of sexual assault in for years in fear of losing her job and her livelihood. The actress told Vogue Magazine that she was shocked to find out she had been nominated for Best Actress for “Molly’s Game”.
“As an actor, I have a lot of fear, thinking that if I speak my mind, or something that feels like it deviates from the norm as a woman, am I going to be made to disappear in my industry?”
Chastain has pledged to step onto the red carpet wearing black.
Meryl Streep has taken on the same pledge. Streep has been known to speak her mind, and on the topic she said “The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar. Each brave voice that is raised, heard, and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game.”
Hollywood is on the brink of a total overhaul with these brave women at the forefront. The Golden Globes air on NBC at 8pm ET. on January 7th.