Rashida Jones has a message for people criticizing the planned Golden Globes dress code blackout.
At Sunday night’s (07Jan18) glitzy awards ceremony, the red carpet will be awash with actresses donning black gowns in support of Hollywood’s newly-established anti-sexual harassment movement, Time’s Up.
Men will also wear black to show their solidarity, but some have criticized the move as a weak protest as black is an easy wardrobe choice, especially for men, who usually opt for the color and so won’t be changing their usual behavior.
“This is not a silent protest,” Rashida raged to InStyle. “I don’t think why we wear black is divisive as much as it is being discussed and debated without all the facts.
“Many women on the red carpet will discuss what’s important to them about their choice to protest and wear black. We wear black to stand in solidarity with our sisters and to say time’s up on this imbalance of power and the abuses that come with it, regardless of what industry you work in. It’s time for every workplace to look more like our world, where women have equal representation.”
Golden Globes host Seth Meyers fully supports the blackout, but thinks it’s important that men don’t try and take credit for wearing dark-colored suits.
The wardrobe decision is a direct response to the string of sexual harassment and even rape allegations made against some of Hollywood’s most powerful players, including Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.
“I think it’s important that no guy tries to take credit for wearing a black tuxedo,” Seth said to Us Weekly. “With that said, I think that the solidarity we’re seeing right now is really exciting because even though this was a remarkably bad year in what we heard, there’s also this real chance and I feel like opportunity for optimism going forward, especially when you see the solidarity and you see how these really smart, really empathetic women are coming together as one, so I think this is hopefully the beginning of that.”