#GoldenGlobes Recap: A Sea of Black Glamour and “Sexist Poverty” Sweatshirts

#GoldenGlobes Recap: A Sea of Black Glamour and “Sexist Poverty” Sweatshirts

#GoldenGlobes Recap: A Sea of Black Glamour and “Sexist Poverty” Sweatshirts

Remember when watching Hollywood awards shows was all about the red carpet glamor and we didn’t deal with political agendas? Perhaps, there was always an agenda but back in my fashionista days, I never really paid much attention to anything of that sort. I was more concerned with something shiny from Harry Winston.This year, Hollywood actors and actresses took to wearing all black on the red carpet at the Golden Globes as a sign of solidarity and to stand with Times Up, a Legal Defense fund set up to assist women who have experienced sexual harassment across all industries.

“From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live.

We remain committed to holding our own workplaces accountable, pushing for swift and effective change to make the entertainment industry a safe and equitable place for everyone, and telling women’s stories through our eyes and voices with the goal of shifting our society’s perception and treatment of women.”-Times Up Letter

Okay. I’ll take that. Even though we all know and they (the Hollywood elite) ALL knew this was happening behind closed doors on the casting couch for years and haven’t spoken up en masse until just a few months ago. You can read the whole letter here.

So, on with the sisters and the misters in black. Some gowns oozed Hollywood glamor. Yet, some fashion choices fell short. Severely. Take Connie Britton (of 9-1-1, American Crime Story and Nashville fame) and her sweatshirt/pleated maxi skirt ensemble:

Poverty is Sexist, the shirt says.

The asking price tag for Britton’s sweater? Thought you’d never ask:

Poverty in the United States is sexist. There are no men living in poverty. Poor boy children are for sure richer than girl children, right? And never you mind the women in other parts of the world. Like women in Afghanistan who are forced into marriage as teenagers, illiterate and therefore can’t hold a job and thus forced into prostitution. Never mind the women of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who are victims of brutal rape, genital mutilation and increased risk of HIV. Never mind the honor killings in Pakistan. There are other countries: Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Guatemala, Sudan (just to name a few) where women are subject to homelessness, trafficking, rape, severe punishment for the crimes of men, even murder if they are suspected of being a “witch”. None of them will ever drive a Mercedes, shop on Rodeo Drive (for $400 sweatshirts), have a movie role or a golden trophy for enduring any of this. While I sympathize with the women who were unfortunate enough to be assaulted and threatened by first-class Tinsel Town pigs (no one should have to endure that), I find it hard to sympathize with these women who actually make more money than some men and insist on wearing ridiculous statement clothing. A $380 sweatshirt? Really? She could have gone to Wal-Mart, bought a sweatshirt, some duct tape and some sharpies and would have about $360 left to gift a woman who is suffering from said “sexist” poverty—maybe her housekeeper, maybe a struggling actress, maybe a homeless woman on the street. Perhaps, in lieu of swag bags that we all know are given out at these shindigs, said actresses and actors could have donated the proceeds to a women’s shelter. I am sure the battered woman who left her abusive husband or boyfriend would love to take her child on a $500 Legoland trip. Just saying.

Swimming pools, movie stars and a sea of black washing away their hypocrisy on a blood-red carpet. #TheyAllKnew. Hey, Hollywood, the blood is still on your hands.

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