At the end of a year when the #MeToo movement forced Hollywood to confront a toxic environment of sexual predation by powerful men, actors are planning to protest sexual misconduct by wearing black to the Golden Globes award ceremony.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson told People magazine, "yes we will" when confirming men will be joining women in the black attire protest.
The fashion protest has received a wave of criticism since announced earlier in December.
Rachel Lubitz, the senior style writer at Mic, pointed out how little difference there will be from previous red carpet awards shows.
"In terms of the planned protest at the Globes, certainly women wearing all-black outfits at the Globes is a subtle move, because many attendees (including nearly every man) do wear all-black ensembles already," Mic noted.
"Don’t most men who attend the Globes come cloaked in either all-black or mostly black, with a black suit and black shoes and a black tie, anyway?" Mic asked. "Of course men could make things more obvious by wearing a black shirt as well, but even that is not bucking the red carpet norm in any substantial way. Further, many might easily conflate those making a statement on the red carpet and those just... wearing black."
"But wearing black to an award show ceremony isn't enough, not least of all when the color is black — and most men wear black tuxes to these events as is," Teen Vogue writer Suzannah Weiss argued.
On Twitter, the protest was slammed by Hollywood #MeToo leader Rose McGowan.
Below is a curated selection showing the tone of the criticism the protest has received:
Of course women are smart enough to protest in a universally flattering color. Actresses to Protest Harassment in H… https://t.co/TQ1aDp2BMV— Sonia Weiser (@Sonia Weiser) 1513297596.0
Black Women: "Safety Pins are the most useless & performative example of allyship ever" Hollywood: "Hold my beer" https://t.co/Yai3MZGkP5— Leslie Mac (@Leslie Mac) 1514395262.0
actors after the golden globes: “my job here is done.” us: “but you didn’t do anything.” actors: *dramatically w… https://t.co/nOQmiFwxCk— read ‘blood in my eye’ by george jackson! (@read ‘blood in my eye’ by george jackson!) 1514403132.0
I'm TIRED of performative feminism. what are you sacrificing by wearing black to the Golden Globes? what are you ta… https://t.co/aGcG4nZanQ— fuck the police (@fuck the police) 1513692340.0
Pro-tip: If you truly want to protest the Golden Globes? Don't show up. The lack of presence will be felt. Weari… https://t.co/iIOiZ7BRP0— Oliver Campbell (@Oliver Campbell) 1513687182.0
I'm so sure wearing an all Black Dolce & Gabbana tux at the Golden Globes will get people protesting sexual harassm… https://t.co/JUbSrXg6DQ— Rebecca Theodore-Vachon (@Rebecca Theodore-Vachon) 1514378218.0
How about don’t go? Oh I get it. It’s just as important to you to get a gold statue. Way to prioritize. https://t.co/XVXbWys8Yl— Corey Miller (@Corey Miller) 1513364465.0
So brave. So defiant. https://t.co/yMZsBVlPnP— Robert Wuhl (@Robert Wuhl) 1514403953.0
@people Who cares what they wear to the #GoldenGlobes ? Too many were silent for too long after @rosemcgowan bravel… https://t.co/mQCVL0BLfP— Pro Libertate 🇺🇸 (@Pro Libertate 🇺🇸) 1513647086.0
Wow they're going to wear the same tuxedos they would have worn anyway. So brave. https://t.co/1JO54cNKUz— Matt Walsh (@Matt Walsh) 1514404594.0