Hollywood stars launch ‘Time’s Up’ movement

Caroline Fellows

Oprah Winfrey backstage at the 75th Annual Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Golden Globes host Seth Meyers stepped onstage and addressed the audience. “Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen,” he said.

Meyers’ quip was in relation to the absence of actors, directors and writers who had been alleged with cases of harassment and assault.

On Jan. 1, over 300 Hollywood women working in film and television publicly announced “Time’s Up.” The initiative addresses systemic inequality not only in Hollywood but around the world.

The group’s goals include to help less privileged women protect themselves from sexual harassment, to establish legislation that penalizes companies that tolerate sexual harassment, to achieve gender equality in Hollywood and to request that people wear black on the red carpet at the Golden Globes on Jan. 7.

This last goal has already been achieved. Actors and actresses lined the red carpet dressed in black at the Golden Globes to stand in solidarity and spread awareness of the Time’s Up movement. Several actors and actresses took to social media to spark the movement and multiple Golden Globe winners addressed the initiative in their acceptance speeches.

Nicole Kidman, who won best actress in a limited series for her role as Celeste in “Big Little Lies,” spoke about her character and the connection to Time’s Up.

“This character that I played represents something that is the center of our conversation right now: abuse,” Kidman said. “I do believe, and I hope we can elicit change through the stories we tell and the way we tell them. Let’s keep the conversation alive; let’s do it.”

Oprah Winfrey received the Cecil B. deMille Award, which recognizes “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” She is first black woman to receive the award. Winfrey spoke about both racial and sexual inequality.

“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men, but their time is up. Their time is up,” Winfrey said.

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