I turned on the TV last Sunday to see that the Golden Globes were on. I kept it on as background noise but I was quickly taken back to the attire that was being worn. I noticed that all the women were wearing black dresses. I just assumed it was coincidence and moved on from it.
It was not until the woman who came up and represented the Hollywood Foreign Press Association put her hand over a pin that says, "Time's Up". Keep in mind, I had not watched the red carpet and the countless interviews they have with many celebrities. I did not realize what the movement was until the award show was well underway.
Seth Meyers, the host of the 2018 Golden Globes Awards, took several humorous jabs at the men who were left in Hollywood without disgraced careers, different policial issues and, of course, our current president. As women celebrities began winning and accepting their awards, so did the countless speeches of supporting the campaign, "Time's Up".
The women attending the awards show all wore black in solidarity with the victims telling their stories about sexual harassment.
This statement by the women (and some men) was organized by the campaign "Time's Up". The movement is addressing men and women who have gone through this and want to know more. Their goal is to stop sexual harassment, assault, and inequality in the workplace.
After 2017, a year of the first news-covered claims of sexual harassment, sexual assault and harassment have become so frequent it is problematic. So problematic that some are becoming desensitized to this issue.
A movement such as "Time's Up" is only the beginning of this long road to recovery. We have seen many powerful, well-known men in the entertainment industry whose careers have been destroyed right before the publics eyes. However, this is only the beginning.
With Oprah's rally together speech and almost everyone in black, there is still a lot to be done. The 2018 Golden Globes has only made us aware that these celebrities and many others without a platform are not going quietly. They will not let us forget what these women have gone through. They will not stop until there is justice. They will not stop until they are satisfied.
Awareness is not even half of the battle, it is the willingness to do something about it.
It is not about looking the other way when you know it is wrong, it is about being there for someone when they are comfortable with sharing their story. It is about standing with them and for everyone else that has been a victim of sexual harassment.
As the media eats up this news in the next few days, it is our job not to forget. Sexual harassment cases found in politics, the entertainment industry, or just in general society are not going away anytime soon. Be aware that this is a serious issue and it has to be stopped.