In a show of solidarity, the women of the 2018 Golden Globes paint the red carpet black

In a show of solidarity, the women of the 2018 Golden Globes paint the red carpet black
Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

The last few months have rocked the Hollywood establishment, as brave women opened up about a culture of harassment and abuse and named the men who’ve perpetuated it for so long. Seizing on a cultural moment that’s echoing far beyond Hollywood, the women behind Time’s Up organized a blackout of the 2018 Golden Globes red carpet. In a sign of solidarity with victims of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and beyond, the women of Hollywood lit up the night in every shade of black.

It’s still the Golden Globes: The stars on the carpet are glittering and the drinks will be flowing inside the Beverly Hilton. But the night is no ordinary red carpet, and the statements from the stars have reflected that.

Unsurprising for anyone who follows her on Twitter, Debra Messing was the first actress to go there.

“I’m wearing black to thank and honor the brave whistleblowers who came forward to share their stories of harassment and discrimination,” Messing told E! News’ Giuliana Rancic. “I’m wearing black to stand in solidarity with my sisters all over the world and to celebrate the roll out of this powerful initiative.”

She also didn’t shy away from sharing her feelings on recent revelations about pay disparity at the network, even while she was being interviewed on that network. “I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believing in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts,” Messing said. “I miss Catt Sadler.”

Dress color aside, the biggest trend on the red carpet was Hollywood actresses sharing their platform with special guests. In a welcome change from the usual red carpet patter, each actress stepped aside to let the activists speak. Meryl Streep brought Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Laura Dern brought Monica Ramirez, co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesina and advocate for women in farmwork. Emma Watson’s guest, Marai Larasi, is the executive director of Imkaan, and a black feminist activist in the U.K. Most notably, Michelle Williams brought Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement.

“We’re saying women in Hollywood have an opportunity to amplify the voices of other women,” Burke told Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet.

As Seacrest interviewed Michelle Williams, she drew attention to the work Burke has been doing and “the work I am learning to do.” Sarah Jessica Parker made similar remarks, thanking the activists who have come before her. The work of activism continues after Sunday night, work that was started by these activists far from the red carpet. It was encouraging to hear the stars acknowledge that.

Kelly Clarkson in Christian Siriano

Kelly Clarkson in Christian Siriano
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Debra Messing in Christian Siriano

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Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton & Tarana Burke

Michelle Williams and Tarana Burke
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Meryl Streep in Vera Wang & Ai-jen Poo

Meryl Streep and NDWA Director Ai-jen Poo
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Angelina Jolie in Versace

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Laura Dern in Armani Prive

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Tracee Ellis Ross in Marc Jacobs

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Ryan Michelle Bathe in Dolce & Gabbana

Ryan Michelle Bathe with Sterling K. Brown
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Issa Rae in Prabal Gurung

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Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton

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Chrissy Metz

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Alison Brie

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Laurie Metcalf in Sachin & Babi

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Kerry Washington in Prabal Gurung

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Halle Berry in Zuhair Murad

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Connie Britton in Lingua Franca and Max Mara

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Greta Gerwig

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Diane Kruger

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Caitriona Balfe

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Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton and Billie Jean King

Emma Stone and Billie Jean King
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America Ferrera in Christian Siriano & Natalie Portman in Dior

America Ferrera & Natalie Portman
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Sarah Jessica Parker in Dolce & Gabbana

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Jessica Biel in Dior

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Zoë Kravitz in Saint Laurent

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Marai Larasi & Emma Watson

 Imkaan Executive Director Marai Larasi and Emma Watson
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Saoirse Ronan in Versace

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Mariah Carey in Dolce & Gabbana

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Kate Hudson in Valentino

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Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen & Eva Longoria in Genny

Reese Witherspoon & Eva Longoria
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Emilia Clarke

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Mary J. Blige in Alberta Ferretti

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Amy Poehler & Saru Jayaraman

Amy Poehler and Saru Jayaraman
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Gal Godot in Tom Ford

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Viola Davis in Brandon Maxwell

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Rachel Brosnahan in Vionnet

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Nicole Kidman in Givenchy

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Millie Bobby Brown in Calvin Klein

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Octavia Spencer

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Catherine Zeta-Jones in Zuhair Murad

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Sharon Stone in Vitor Zerbinato

Sharon Stone and Roan Stone
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Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley
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Margot Robbie in Gucci

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Oprah Winfrey in Versace

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