2017 has at once been an arduous, yet groundbreaking year for women everywhere. While it's about time that Hollywood has its sordid history of systemic sexism and sexual misconduct exposed, the number of sexual harassment and assault allegations that have come to light recently is unnerving. Certainly, it has been just over two months since the New York Times published their damning exposé chronicling the sexual harassment claims levelled against the now defamed film mogul, Harvey Weinstein, and since then, it seems as if the deluge of allegations is never-ending.
Once renowned figures such as Kevin Spacey, Louis CK and Steven Seagal have found themselves disgraced, and for good reason. Amongst other such things, Spacey has been accused of groping actor Anthony Rapp who was underage at the time; Louis CK admitted to public masturbation and Steven Seagal has had over four women, including Portia De Rossi, accuse him of sexual misconduct.
And while it's encouraging to see that the backlash has begun, with corporations giving their sexual harassment policies a refresher and accused figures being dropped from their agencies and projects, it's clear that this is only the beginning. In fact, exasperated women are now planning on taking on the 2018 Golden Globes in a rather unique fashion.
According to US weekly, female attendees of this year's award ceremony will be wearing all black to protest sexual harassment and assault against women. The idea was purportedly started by a group of actresses who either had experienced sexual misconduct themselves, or had decided to don the colour in a show of solidarity.
A source disclosed to the publication, "This movement is spreading rampantly and pretty much all the nominated women and others attending are participating. All the stylists who already did fittings are now changing out their clients’ original picks for Globes."
While we don't yet know which actresses will be involved in this silent protest, the list of presenters and nominees includes household names such as Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.
However, this isn't just the only form of protest to keep a look out for during awards season. It was announced today that the 2018 SAG awards will be featuring an all-female lineup of presenters, in order to raise awareness about sexism within the film industry. Executive producer of the SAGs, Kathy Connell told The Hollywood Reporter, "Beginning with the Women’s March in January, it’s been the year of the woman. This is a unifying salute to women who have been very brave in speaking up".
This year's Golden Globe Awards will be hosted by Seth Meyers, airing on Sunday, January 7th. And by the looks of it, the fashion police better be preparing themselves for a lot of black clothing.