In a recent Hollywood Reporter roundtable, Tracee Ellis Ross talked about that pivotal moment in Hollywood when women started speaking about the sexual harassment and abuse they have faced and how the #MeToo movement gave them a platform to speak up.
For Ross, the conversation and the narrative haven’t changed. She believes the thing that’s changed is the connection and the relationship with other women. “There is a camaraderie now,” she explained.
In the era of #MeToo, it’s not surprising that women have brought the movement to the red carpet, taking a stand against the sexism they experience at the most glamorous of events where the eyes of the whole world are upon them.
Back in January, many women and men took a stand against this at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, when a large amount of the attendees arrived in black dresses or tuxedos to protest sexual harassment against women as a show of solidarity.
Ross recounts how there used to be a culture of secrecy around red carpets that has dissipated. “It wasn’t about, like, “Oh, I don’t want to share [what dress I’m wearing] because she might want to wear it.” No, there was a real…” Ross stated, as fellow roundtable attendee Debra Messing finished for her: “Purpose.”
Women standing arm-in-arm at an event is about more than just a red carpet or actors wearing all black, it’s about shining a light on a movement and uplifting the voices of those who never had one.
Referring to the Golden Globes, Ross felt there was a real purpose during these red carpet events and this is especially true when everyone coming together for a cause. “We switched the power relationship on that carpet, we were there as a collective force.”
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