Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony, to which many women are expected to wear black as a statement of solidarity against sexual abuse, will host a group of gender and racial justice activists, all of whom are attending as the guests of some of the night's top nominees.
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Michelle Williams, Emma Watson, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Amy Poehler and Emma Stone will each be accompanied by an advocate in support of #TIMESUP, a movement to end gender-based violence.
The announcement underscores the expectation that the Globes and other awards shows will not shy away from the wave of sexual abuse claims that have rocked Hollywood.
Williams will be accompanied by Tarana Burke, who founded the "me, too." movement; Watson will attend with Marai Larasi, executive of the black feminist group Imkaan (UK); Sarandon is joined by Rosa Clemente, who ran for VP on the Green Party ticket in 2008; Streep is with Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance; Laura Dern is paired with Mónica Ramírez, co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas; Woodley will attend with Calina Lawrence, a member of the Suquamish Tribe; Poehler can be spotted with Saru Jayaraman, president of Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United & ROC Action and director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC; and Emma Stone is joined by Billie Jean King, the tennis great and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient who she plays in the film "Battle of the Sexes."
Read the actors' full statement below:
“As longtime organizers, activists and advocates for racial and gender justice, it gives us enormous pride to stand with the members of the TIMES UP campaign who have stood up and spoken out in this groundbreaking historical moment. We have each dedicated our lives to doing work that supports the least visible, most marginalized women in our diverse contexts. We do this work as participants in movements that seek to affirm the dignity and humanity of every person.
“Too much of the recent press attention has been focused on perpetrators and does not adequately address the systematic nature of violence including the importance of race, ethnicity and economic status in sexual violence and other forms of violence against women. Our goal in attending the Golden Globes is to shift the focus back to survivors and on systemic, lasting solutions. Each of us will be highlighting legislative, community-level and interpersonal solutions that contribute to ending violence against women in all our communities. It is our hope that in doing so, we will also help to broaden conversations about the connection to power, privilege and other systemic inequalities.
“Many of us identify as survivors of sexual harassment, assault and violence ourselves and we believe we are nearing a tipping point in transforming the culture of violence in the countries where we live and work. It’s a moment to transform both the written and unwritten rules that devalue the lives and experiences of women. We believe that people of all genders and ages should live free of violence against us. And, we believe that women of color, and women who have faced generations of exclusion – Indigenous, Black, Brown and Asian women, farmworkers and domestic workers, disabled women, undocumented and queer and trans women -- should be at the center of our solutions. This moment in time calls for us to use the power of our collective voices to find solutions that leave no woman behind.
“This past year was a powerful one in the fight for gender equity and against sexual violence against women - from the Women’s March to the re-emergence of ‘me too’ as a viral hashtag that brought more than ten years of survivor-centered work to the mainstream. There is still much work to do, and many hands required to do it. We want to encourage all women- from those who live in the shadows to those who live in the spotlight, from all walks of life, and across generations- to continue to step forward and know that they will be supported when they do.
“The #TIMESUP initiative joins an ever-growing collective of organizations, movements, and leaders working to end gender-based violence. We look forward to partnering with them and others to organize, support all survivors, and find solutions that ensure a future where all women and all people can live and work with dignity.”