By Junior Editor, Alexsis Arvelo
The annual Golden Globe Awards took place on January 7, 2018 and stars decided to kick off the new year with a powerful message that began trending all through social media. Sexual harassment allegations have recently become more popular than usual and the voice women once thought was not strong enough to be heard has been spoken, loud and clear. As stars took to the red carpet a protest for sexual harassment came waltzing through the door with each step. Stars like Meryl Streep, Debra Messing, Allison Brie and more have taken on a sisterhood, coming together in solidarity to not just stand out, but stand up. “Times Up” is a movement against sexual misconduct in a workplace and provides legal support to any women who have experienced this. Not only have women taken part in this movement, but men have decided to take a stand as well.
“ I’m wearing black today in solidarity with the men and women asking for respect and equality across industry lines. Let’s bring a stop to sexual harassment in the workplace.” Actor Mark Ruffalo said in a tweet on twitter.
The movement became well known because of its “#whywewearblack” and change is on the rise as many aim to restore the imbalance of power. Those who didn’t take part in the movement came into contact with criticism from fans all over the world because of their choice of fashion. Latin Actress Blanca Blanco wore a red dress and was bashed on social media, fans claiming she was in support of sexual harassment solely because she didn’t wear the color black.
“The issue is bigger than my dress.“Wearing red does not mean I am against the movement. I applaud and stand by the courageous actresses that continue to break the cycle of abuse through their actions and fashion style choices. It is one of many factors leading women to a safer place because of their status. I am excited about the #TimesUp movement; true change is long overdue.” Blanco stated as she shot back at her criticizers.
Although Blanco faced criticism, some commended her for her outfit choice.
“Love the dress! Apparently we have a lot of people who find it appropriate to shame a woman for not conforming. It’s ridiculous to claim that just because she didn’t wear black to an award show she supports sexual harassment. Guess we’re back to blaming the woman for her attire.” A fan said.
Blanco stood by her decision to wear red and made it clear that she fully supports the “Time’s Up” movement.