Why Wearing “All Black” Designer Duds To an Award Show Isn’t a Valid Form of Protest
As the awards season continues to take shape — the roster of nominees pale in comparison to the brewing controversy — involving the #MeToo movement, which was reactivated in response to the Weinstein files — that were opened back in early October after a damning story published by The New York Times — revealed the now disgraced film producer’s extensive history of sexual predatory behavior towards the industry’s leading ingenues.
As Weinstein takes the vacation of a lifetime — Hollywood and the media at large is still reeling from the explosive headlines that continue to dominate the news cycle. It seems that every day the illustrious careers of moguls are being washed away by a flood of accusations that carry residue of a murky culture — that is just now being funneled through the cleansing process.
Actress Rose McGowan has been the truth facilitator from the jump — thanks to her tireless efforts that have spanned almost a decade — where she repeatedly exposed the tragic circumstances that led to her forced banishment. Back then social media was just an unfinished template — and rumors weren’t potent enough to accrue the lifespan that they currently harbor.
But, this is 2017 — and there’s no way to disguise the realization that “America’s Favorite Dad” was also a seasoned criminal who spent decades drugging and raping unsuspecting women. The power of social media has also outed the most diabolical types with the support of high-profile women who are finally getting the validation that eluded them for most of their careers.
For those of us who aren’t well-known, but can identify with the burden of victimhood — this is a situation that sets off triggers in ways that can be unbearably intrusive. While it’s commendable to witness the shift towards a more progressive landscape that is forcing empires to finally make the decisions — that are geared towards the safety of their clients and employees — there has to be the understanding that sexual harassment is also a global issue affecting victims in every station of life.
However, Hollywood is a staggeringly massive entity that encompasses every sphere of our existence — and there’s no way to escape the scandalous parade that’s just beginning it’s long and exhaustive journey to an undisclosed destination.
In the meantime — we have the Golden Globes to contend with and the matter of a sea of Black attire trampling the red carpet on January 7, 2018 as a form of protest by actresses who feel the need to discard their fashion sense in favor of public solidarity.
McGowan isn’t buying the logic of so-called “well-meaning” actresses who are kidding themselves with the insane notion that donning all-black designer duds to a major award ceremony will serve as a valid form of protest — and her tweets are expressive of her discontent:
“Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest.” “YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly and affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa.”
Truth be told — it’s really hard to fathom that Streep, and those that share her elevated status and close connection to moguls like Weinstein (i.e. The Clintons) were completely unaware of the messiness behind-the-scenes — when you consider the ease with which these hideous men implemented their grossly-indulged vices.
That being said — it’s highly doubtful that attending a function that is designed to enrich an already bloated elite establishment that has systematically funded a level of dysfunction — in order to maintain the rewards of continuity at the expense of a brutalized community — will produce the results that are required for due process.
Fellow actress Amber Tamblyn who has also weathered personal embarrassments of her own via her hubby comedian David Cross — took to Twitter to slam McGowan for her criticism of the “Blackout Attire Protest” — and went as far as to accuse her of “shaming the movement.”
And of course — things escalated from there as actress Holly Marie Combs who co-starred with McGowan on the WB hit series Charmed —hit back at Tamblyn for her unnecessary judgment:
In order to maintain an unbiased approach we have to also recognize McGowan’s judgment of Streep, Jessica Chastain, Mary J. Blige and all the others who have voiced their willingness to be draped in black in recognition of the toxicity that is currently being ceremoniously condemned.
However, there is the issue of activism and the collaborative spirit that gathers like-minded warriors who are ready and equipped to do what it takes to guarantee the successful ascension of a new normal that can only be instituted through drastic means.
Sacrifice is the most challenging act of all and only very few with the anointment of duty can achieve the admirable acclaim of following through — without hesitation.
Colin Kaepernick should’ve been Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” without question. His selfless determination and commitment to the cause of raising awareness about the issues that have continued to pummel his community has cost him a lot — but he’s gained a lot more in notoriety and character assessment.
McGowan isn’t one to mince words and despite her disarming directness — we can’t deny that her overall sentiment overpowers the lackluster attempts of those who truly believe that switching the hues of their ball gowns will somehow restore some semblance of power — to those who’ve been appallingly victimized.
The only way to incite change is to dramatically construct a path of resistance that can’t be ignored or thwarted. There has to be a resounding alarm that is breathtakingly arresting — with the armor of activity that sets a precedent that permeates through the long-standing protocols that have glittered the griminess of tradition.
If esteemed actresses like Streep and her crew make the decision to boycott the Golden Globe Awards — that will absolutely shatter the Hollywood community to the core — in ways that will inspire historical references for the future. Those actions will speak volumes and prove beyond a doubt that the damage that has been manifested from these trying times — can’t be taken lightly.
Unfortunately when you’re fighting for the respect of being taken seriously while also ensuring the validity of your purpose — you can’t eat your cake and have it too. You can’t take the easy way out and hope that it’s enough. You can’t plan to have a glitzy night on the town while also claiming the studious mindset of a 24/7 activist.
It’s either you’re all in or you’re not. And wearing a color that is prolifically generic in its tone is both lazy and meaningless. I vote that the ladies of the night retain the vibrancy of the event as always — and leave the fighting to those valiantly positioned on the front lines.
Those roles have been appropriately assigned and can’t ever be replaced.