Time's Up X2: How politics made its way onto the Golden Globes red carpet

7th Jan 19 | Fashion

Over a year on from the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the issue of gender equality is still front and centre in Hollywood.

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Last year’s Golden Globe Awards will be forever remembered for the red carpet black out. The majority of celebrities in attendance wore all black to the high-profile event to promote the Time’s Up movement, in protest of sexual inequality in the film and TV industries.

This came in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein scandal which sparked #MeToo to explode in popularity, with the hashtag showing just how widespread sexual assault really is.

As well as wearing all black last year, many actors went a step further by taking well-known activists as their date – like Emma Watson, who walked the red carpet with Tarana Burke, the original founder of #MeToo.

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Gina Rodriguez shows off her Time’s Up ribbon on Sunday night (Jordan Strauss/AP)

A year later, the movement has definitely raised a lot of awareness around the ingrained sexism that exists both in the film industry and much more widely.

The question is, after such a big statement as the black out, how could gender equality continue to play a prevalent role on the red carpet?

Sunday night saw the 76th Golden Globe Awards: This is how actors made sure Time’s Up continued to be a major topic of conversation…

With ribbons and bracelets…

This year, the most obvious marker of the Time’s Up movement came in the form of ribbons and bracelets. These are an evolution of the pins worn throughout various award shows last year, emblazoned with the words, ‘Time’s Up X2’.

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Many actors accessorised with the Time’s Up X2 ribbon (Jordan Strauss/AP)

Oscar-nominated costume designer Arianne Phillips designed the Time’s Up logo last year, and is also behind this new iteration. The idea behind Time’s Up X2 (“Time’s Up Times Two”) is to double the number of women in leadership in underrepresented spaces.

You can buy silicon bracelets for $5 (£4) from the Time’s Up website. Money raised goes towards the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which helps give legal support to people who have faced sexual assault or harassment at work.

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A year ago, we embarked on a campaign to create safer work places. Since then, thousands of survivors have been provided resources through the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. We created the Fund because all people deserve to be safe at work, but safety alone is far from our end goal. It’s the bare minimum. Sexual harassment stems from an in balance of power. Issues of workplace safety for women, and especially for women of color, are but a symptom of the power inbalance that plagues nearly every sector. We won’t stop fighting until there is gender balance in leadership and all women have opportunity to reach their full potential at work. It’s been a record year for women, with a landmark number elected to Congress and a slew of diverse firsts, but we still have so far to go. And it’s not because women aren’t working hard enough or aren’t capable enough. The system is fundamentally broken. Women are over represented in many low paying jobs but under represented in leadership positions across nearly every industry. We shoulder greater caregiving responsibilities for children and elderly parents and are more likely to live in poverty. This picture is not acceptable. That’s why, at the beginning of our second year, we are launching #TIMESUPX2, to double the number of women in leadership and across other spaces where women are under represented. Please join us on this journey. 👊🏼TIMESUPnow.com/TIMESUPX2 #TIMESUPX2

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Over the past year, the Time’s Up movement has expanded further than just the arts and is striving to help women reach equality in all industries. This is particularly seen in the new campaign, which you’ll no doubt see all over your feeds soon, with the hashtag #DoubleTheNumber.

With fashion…

After last year’s black out, celebrities are increasingly looking to use fashion as a tool to make a political statement. On Sunday night, few did it better than Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss.

Moss wore a perfectly tailored tuxedo-style mini dress by Chanel, along with simple stilettos and a whole lot of diamonds. Her stylist Karla Welch posted on Instagram: “Every designer she wore tonight has graciously donated to the @aclu_nationwide in her name. Seems like a pretty cool way to reinvent the red carpet and use our platforms for good!”

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@elisabethmossofficial x @dior #goldenglobes #tap

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is an organisation which aims “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States”.

With words…

Regina King
Regina King won Best Supporting Actress (Jordan Strauss/AP)

Both on the red carpet and during the awards ceremony itself, the movement didn’t fade into the background. One of the most rousing speeches of the night came from Regina King, when she picked up the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in If Beale Street Could Talk.

She said: “Time’s Up times two. The reason why we do this is because we understand that our microphones are big and that we’re speaking for everyone. I’m going to use my platform to say that in the next two years, I am making a vow and it’s going to be tough, to make sure that everything I produce is 50% women.

“I challenge everyone out there who is in a position of power, not just in our industry but in all industries, I challenge you to challenge yourselves and stand with us in solidarity and do the same.”

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