Women staged a shocking revolt at the Golden Globes

For all their glitz, awards shows are famously dull affairs. The lovely rich don impossibly expensive costumes to thank people we don’t know and it is our privilege to watch them, squeezing joy out of the connective tissue that makes the evening move. The host jokes. The music plays people off. And a meaningless ranking (Best This, Best That) forms and hardens into something like industry truth. There might be a couple of good speeches, but the main thrill an awards show offers is that it’s live. There’s margin for error. There’s a slight risk that this tightly controlled spectacle featuring celebrities who we only see in the most curated contexts might go rogue. Basically, we watch for the surprises, for what isn’t supposed to happen.

The Golden Globes has always shared the same basic structure as the stuffier Academy Awards, despite its reputation for being “the fun one.” But last night’s show, wrenched by the #MeToo movement, became something else entirely: It became a staged revolt against the way women were treated within the industry and outside it. Some of that disruption was planned. Some of it (like Natalie Portman’s insertion of a single, powerful phrase) seemed spontaneous. The result wasn’t just riveting; it was shocking. Recy Taylor, the woman kidnapped and gang-raped by six white men who were never prosecuted, was trending by the end of the night. Because of an awards show.

Basically, the Golden Globes developed into a contest between the framing device — the self-congratulatory awards show, the conventions of which virtually all the men in attendance blandly indulged — and the urgent subtext, which almost all the women’s speeches rousingly addressed. Host Seth Meyers foresaw that and tried to split the difference. His monologue had some good moments (“good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen”), but he jittered with discomfort until a bit he did with Amy Poehler set a more relaxed tone. He ended by musing, with more respect than humor, on the Time’s Up movement that led most of the women in the room to dress in black.

The challenge of striking a balance between these new and difficult conversations about assault and “who dressed you?” frivolity was evident on the red carpet. On Sunday morning, Amber Tamblyn published an op-ed in The New York Times explaining why “hundreds of women from the Time’s Up movement will reject colorful gowns for black ones …read more

Source:: The Week – Entertainment


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