Stars Say "Time's Up" at 75th Annual Golden Globes

January 8, 2018 | BY Joyful Heart Foundation | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >

At the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night, dozens of women took to the stage, the red carpet, and the internet to share a message: time’s up on abuse, harassment, and assault.

Powered by hundreds of influential women, the TIME’S UP initiative—a legal defense fund and educational campaign supporting survivors of abuse and harassment—is a response to 2017’s sweeping #MeToo movement. The initiative debuted in the first hours of the New Year, and the Golden Globes was the first major Hollywood event since the movement erupted.

“People out there who are feeling silenced by harassment, discrimination, abuse: time's up. We see you, we hear you and we will tell your stories.” ― Reese Witherspoon

In a visually stunning show of solidarity, Globes attendees—women and men alike—wore black and donned uniform “Time’s Up” pins, making sure this bold message was visible from every camera angle. But more powerful were the words these activists shared onstage. 

“There’s no prerequisites to worthiness. You’re born worthy. The women who are still in silence because of trauma, shame, due to the assault―they need to understand that it’s not their fault and they’re not dirty.” ― Viola Davis, addressing survivors

One after another, Hollywood’s leading women approached the microphone to support survivors in all industries, express their gratitude for the silence breakers, and call for change. Actress Laura Dern spoke of a “culture of silencing.” Barbra Streisand called out the pervasiveness of workplace inequality.  Winfrey told the story of Recy Taylor, a black woman sexually assaulted and abducted in 1944 by six white men who were never punished for their crimes. It was an emotional night for survivors and supporters alike. 

“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up.” ― Oprah Winfrey

 As many writers have pointed out, while nearly every woman who accepted an award used her window onstage to address #MeToo or #TimesUp, no men expressed their support in their acceptance speeches. This is a disappointing omission, as the movement to end violence is not a women’s movement alone. Most men are not abusive, but far too often, they are silent about other men’s behavior. Sexual harassment, and all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls persist, will continue until men decide that it shouldn’t. Only men can end men’s violence against women.

Despite the evening’s shortcomings, we are inspired by the messages shared by strong, brave women in support of all those who say #MeToo.

“May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture's new North Star.” ― Laura Dern

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