Why I Think Hollywood Shouldn’t Wear Black

6 Jan

LBDThe Golden Globes kick off Awards Show season in Hollywood this Sunday. They’ve always been my favorite. Round tables with booze and food = way more entertaining than theatre-style seating. But this year stands to be a little different.

I have no desire to preach or educate anyone on Hollywood here. If you don’t know about all the misconduct accusations revealed last year, you can start by googling Harvey Weinstein. Like so many other examples of vile human acts (sexism, racism, etc.), none of this is new. It’s merely being gradually uncovered and brought to light for the world to watch. Ironically like a typical Hollywood drama. 

Of course it isn’t just about Hollywood… though no other industry is as intoxicated by power. My hope is that moving forward sexual threats, assaults, harassment, and even propositions won’t be deemed as acceptable and just a necessary evil of career advancement for women. Perhaps men will think twice now.

And I don’t agree that, “It’s hard to be a man now.” Sorry Dave Chappelle. Nobody is taking anything away. We’re simply asking men to be better. Take responsibility. Exercise respect. All things we learned back in Kindergarten… after not to run with scissors or eat the paste in Art Room.

Circling back to the Golden Globes, word has it there’s going to be a fashion Blackout. Those participating will wear all black in an act of solidarity and protest against years of unacknowledged sexual harassment in the boy’s club that is Hollywood culture.

I like the idea. For the most part. I believe if you’ve worked hard enough and gained the acclaim to be on that red carpet, you should be able to use the platform however you want. Fashion, politics, weed dispensaries, who you want to win, what you ate for breakfast… It’s all good to me.

The only thing I don’t get is, Why black? Are we mourning those who’ve been exposed and ousted? Most sexual assault victims spend enough time trying to stay in the shadows and not draw too much attention to themselves. So why pick a dark color?

Some male actors apparently want to show their support, too. Which is great! But by wearing black? What color tux did you wear last year?

We’ll find out tomorrow if it’s even happening… but going off the rumor mill for tonight, I wish the ringleaders would have chosen a color that really makes a statement. Something that says victims aren’t ashamed or keeping quiet any longer. Like red to say, I too am mad and disgusted. Or shiny silver to say, I’m shining a light on this sh*t. Which isn’t to suggest that men wear red or silver tuxes, but they could easily throw on a supportive colored tie or handkerchief.

See, Dave. Not hard to be a man.

HAPPY 2018 ALL!

Final Note to Dave Chappelle… who doesn’t read his fan mail, let alone an LA beauty blog: Welcome back. I admittedly cringed a few times during your Netflix specials … but your bits about the Oscars, voting in Ohio, and the backpack… well, those were comedy gold.

xo

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5 Responses to “Why I Think Hollywood Shouldn’t Wear Black”

  1. GlossAngeles411 January 7, 2018 at 11:25 am #

    #GWLA member

  2. Emily Kvancz January 7, 2018 at 4:18 pm #

    I totally agree! Good for you for speaking out about sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. And you’re right, it is also an epidemic in so many, if not all other industries. I think it’s nice that celebrities have decided to wear black in support, but that’s a little too easy. 75% of my own wardrobe is black… not sure if I am unique or not. Red would have been a great choice, instead. Why do we do when we see a red light or a stop sign?? We STOP. It’s universal. Simple. It makes a statement. “Stop all sexual harassment!”

    • GlossAngeles411 January 8, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

      Thanks for your comment! It was a powerful show. My guess is maybe there wouldn’t have been enough designer options in red… but who knows.

  3. Elaine Kretchman January 8, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

    Well said! Next time dark red or shiny silver……..solidarity is power!

    • GlossAngeles411 January 8, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

      Solidarity IS power. My guess is couture designers didn’t have enough time to come out with red or purple or pink or silver dresses… Anyway, I wonder if anyone has started the hashtag #OPRAH2020 yet?

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