Hollywood’s all black protest on sexual assault is horseshit
Dressing up doesn’t make you a martyr
by Ari Bines
If you're one of those people who still tunes in for the red carpet pre-show, you'll notice on Golden Globe night, January 7th, that some of your favorite Hollywood starlets look like they're dressed for a funeral, and apparently it's because they're protesting sexual assault.
But their "protest" doesn't mean a thing and I'll tell you why.
A silent protest is a censored protest
Red carpets are a rare moment for press and fans to see their favorite stars acting human(ish) for a short time, which means censoring them at this time is not only a total breach of their rights, but a horrible example to set for young men and women alike.
When celebs finally get a moment to be involved in the conversation, wearing all black as a way of supporting the #MeToo movement and standing with victims of sexual assault doesn't exactly scream "let's end rape and harassment." If you're a celebrity with a platform, it's your responsibility to say what you mean, mean what you say and then act on it.
Maybe a better form of protest would not be picking out the perfect black gala dress, but staying hone and not accepting awards from Hollywood. Just sayin'
— Jewhadi™ (@JewhadiTM) December 15, 2017
Even Rose McGowan, who was originally against the protest, deleted her own tweet calling everyone out: “Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest,” she said, “you’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change."
This whole "all black" thing is just another trend-setting day in Beverly Hills, monopolized by the elite. Compare the protest to any silent disco you've ever been to and you'll realize nobody but the listener, or in this case, the people dressing up, actually know what the hell is going on. The "protest" as a whole begs the question, "If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"
Hollywood's filtering of celebrities is a box we all live in, but it's time for stars to rail against it, and in doing so, take their first (real) steps towards kicking harassment in the taint. And while we can blame McGowan for crawling back into her hush-hush box, removing her own tweet out of fear, at least she was right for forcing the one percenters to call a spade a spade.
'YOUR SILENCE is THE problem'
With a platform as large as the ones these celebs have been placed upon, why wouldn't they take the risk if the subject were something they actually believed in? Talking and discussing one's stance on a sensitive issue, regardless of backlash, is what characterizes courage and right now we're seeing none of it.
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