The Problem With The Golden Globes’ #MeToo Red Carpet
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Date: Thursday 4 January 2018, 12:00 AM
Media: Refinery29

About the person Meryl Streep:
Art: Acting, Comedy, Corporation, Politics
Genres: Film, Movie, Sound Movie, Television, Theatre, Activism, Philanthropy, Democratic Party, Modern Liberalism, Economic Liberalism, Social Liberalism, Stage & Screen
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For the first time in the history of red carpets, the trend of the evening will not be nude-hued dresses in mermaid hemlines. It will be black dresses, black tuxedos, and black jumpsuits — a color that’s long been associated as a symbol of protest. That’s no accident. It was the uniform for Black Panthers, Black Widows, and witches; a color for people in mourning or in memorialization, who want to be taken seriously above all else. Ironically, it’s also a color used to fade into the background for celebrities, especially — in theater schools, wearing “blacks” during class strips an actor of identity to embody any character. But for the first major convention of Hollywood elites since the #metoo movement castrated some of its most powerful players, where Golden Globes women should be announcing their triumph and their resilience, the red carpet will be blanketed in black. “I’ve heard pretty much every single person will be wearing black, whether you’re doing the lights to if you’re the caterer,” stylist Jordan Grossman tells me. (While she’s styled Chrissy Metz in the past, Grossman does not have any clients who will be attending this year’s Globes.) “The feeling is that if you don’t wear black you’re basically out of Hollywood.” Hollywood Reporter wrote that Los Angeles showrooms are being depleted of their black dresses, and stylists like Ilaria Urbinati have committed to the theme for all her clients. I reached out to eight celebrity stylists with clients who are nominated for awards to comment — usually responsive, all uncharacteristically did not respond or declined to comment, evidence of the unusual lose-lose payoff of this year’s red carpet. Ironically, in a moment that was created for making a statement, the wear-black request has established another culture of silence.
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