WASHINGTON • The males confirmed as much as the Golden Globes on Sunday evening, as they typically do at awards exhibits, wearing black fits and tuxedos.
This time, nonetheless, the color was an emblem of solidarity for girls dealing with sexual harassment and discrimination.
Some males wore Time’s Up pins on their lapels – a present of assist for the initiative launched by Hollywood ladies to fight sexual harassment and abuse of their trade and in these that aren’t within the public eye.
But for probably the most half, the lads didn’t communicate concerning the symbols they wore. That job fell nearly solely on ladies.
Host Seth Meyers’ opening monologue was nearly solely concerning the #MeToo second, noting that it was type of bizarre for a person to host the awards this yr. It was a lead that few males adopted.
Here is an instance: Singer Justin Timberlake proudly confirmed off his Time’s Up pin in a tweet with the hashtag #whywewearblack. But as an alternative of explaining why, he tweeted: “Here we come!! And DAMN, my wife is hot!”
The males who received awards largely skipped the subject altogether of their acceptance speeches.
Actors James Franco, Ewan McGregor, Aziz Ansari, Sam Rockwell, author Martin McDonagh and director Guillermo del Toro had been among the many winners who prevented the motion that in any other case dominated the night.
According to some of the lads, that they had heeded a message that emerged from the #MeToo motion early on, once they had been roundly inspired to hush up.
“I do feel it’s time for men to shut up and listen,” McDonagh, the writer-director of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, mentioned in an e-mail.
Del Toro, who collected finest director for The Shape Of Water, mentioned by e-mail that approaching the heels of the rousing speech by TV mogul Oprah Winfrey – who urged males to hear too – he felt it was “important to acknowledge the woman power in my immediate circle of work/collaboration and how they made it possible to create the film”.
Publicists and brokers guiding male shoppers by this uncommon awards season mentioned it was extremely probably that among the males had been terrified of constructing missteps on the world’s stage.
Actor Matt Damon had confirmed to be only one cautionary story, they mentioned. His makes an attempt to attract distinctions between various ranges of sexual misconduct – distinctions that some individuals believed in privately but wouldn’t dare say publicly – set off a firestorm of criticism.
Representatives for Franco and Rockwell mentioned their shoppers couldn’t be reached, however famous that in interviews with reporters backstage after their wins, the lads readily responded to queries concerning the Time’s Up motion.
“Women feel empowered to say something. I think they deserve that, and I think the rest of us should just listen,” mentioned Rockwell, a star of Three Billboards.
Asked what else males might do to maintain change, he replied: “I don’t really know the answer to that, but I suppose, I think really the issue is bullying. I think people have to stop being bullies.”
When Franco was requested backstage why he was carrying a Time’s Up pin, he replied: “I’ve always said that whenever any group is treated differently or given less rights or less equality than any other, it’s everyone’s responsibility to stand up and make change.”
And actor Gary Oldman mentioned that Harvey Weinstein, the producer who has been accused of harassment by dozens of ladies, had at all times given him “the creeps” and that he welcomed this motion.
“A wheel is turning. It’s turning a notch in the evolutionary wheel,” he mentioned. “We’re still coming out of the mists of time. What we do, what we say, how we do it, who we say it to and who we do it to, is very, very important.”
Despite the viral second from Winfrey and a well-reviewed efficiency by Meyers, the rankings for the Globes dipped 5 per cent in comparison with final yr’s telecast.
The ceremony drew a complete of 19 million viewers, down from simply over 20 million final yr, in line with early Nielsen knowledge.
On the crimson carpet, when males had been requested about their black tuxes and Time’s Up pins, some had solutions prepared.
“Yes, it’s important tonight but it’s important to follow through,” actor Denzel Washington mentioned to NBC host Al Roker. “It’s important to see what’s going to be happening a year from tonight.”
Others struggled to reply primary questions on what these symbols meant.
Good Morning America host Lara Spencer requested Stranger Things actor David Harbour a easy query: “Time’s up on . . .?”
He struggled to fill within the clean, so she started suggesting solutions for him: “Sexual harassment? Predators?”
Harbour, who was carrying a Time’s Up pin, settled on “women not getting the respect they deserve in the workplace”.
On Twitter, viewers who watched E!’s crimson carpet protection famous that host Ryan Seacrest appeared to be asking solely ladies about Time’s Up and sexual harassment, whereas sticking to extra snug subjects like performing with the lads he interviewed.
WASHINGTON POST, NYTIMES