When a new year is started, the pain of our past is erased. But some problems don’t vanish like others. In 2017, there were members of the entertainment industry that were exposed for various crimes and offenses, especially after the downward spiral of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. This led to multiple hashtags that blew up social media, including: #MeToo, #ItWasMe, and the one we’re going to talk about, #TimesUp. Why? Because it was the topic of discussion at the annual Golden Globes.
"Even when they were given time to speak, they were avoiding the ‘elephant in the room’."
This year the Golden Globes had approved all-black clothing and pins that read, “Time’s Up” fastened to the celebrities chest. But this was the only plan of attack that actors, writers, producers and directors were taking.
The celebrities that were accused for abuse charges (sexual and physical), like Woody Allen were among the crowd. They were either celebrated in attendance, had presented awards throughout the night.
"Yes, the time’s up, but when Hollywood? Are you simply just gonna wish away the reality that you refuse to face?"
Even when they were given time to speak, they were avoiding the ‘elephant in the room’.
Overall, there was only the idea that harassment should be stopped, more than any action. Yes, the time’s up, but when Hollywood? Are you simply just gonna wish away the reality that you refuse to face?
After the Golden Globes, The Oscars are growing nearer and there isn’t much pushing innovation. The last awards show was mostly used for venting by celebrities, the rich and the powerful. Even with a campaign running, there isn’t much action for the issues. It seems that accusations are more claimed then settled
Cover photo: SNL's Fashion Panel Parody. Retrieved from the Saturday Night Live Youtube channel.
SNL (Saturday Night Live) had recently poked fun at the issue, it included a skit mocking E!’s show. The hosts debate on whether it was right to comment on the nominees outfits when they arrived at the red carpet entirely in black. Ironically, SNL cast members portraying the entertainment hosts were wearing ‘Time’s Up’ pins as well. Not in solitary but in parody.
But although the event was full of questioning actions and rough backlash from people after, the 75th anniversary of the Golden Globes also had positivity. For example, it was a night for feminist protest, the uplifting for the controversial film, “Call Me By Your Name”, which discusses laws about personal relationships in Italy (mostly with minors), and was a great influence within the LGBT community.
Most importantly, awards were passed, smiles were made and a lot of ideas were conveyed. And maybe these things weren’t handled right, in some opinions. But in the end, these award shows exist to speak for awareness and to give people with fame a voice, whether others agree or not.
Cover photo: Tragedy and Comedy at the Scarborough Hotel, Bishopgate, Leeds, by Tim Green, distributed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).