Last Sunday, the Golden Globes seemed like the perfect opportunity to continue with the exposure of sexual harassment in the Hollywood community after the cases with Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. A-list actors and actresses dressed in black to show their support for this movement; male actors specifically wore ‘Time’s up’ pins to supplement their black tux and it all seemed like the perfect way to continue the conversation about the issue.
The public, and women specifically, were under the impression that the Golden Globes centered around this theme of tackling sexual assault and that it was for women and for supporting and allowing them a public platform to finally speak up about the problematic environment men in Hollywood perpetuated.
However, the Time's Up movement, which was the central topic of conversation at the award ceremony, ended up being less about exposing sexual harassment and more about the hypocrisy of the Hollywood community (of course minus Oprah’s inspirational speech and Natalie Portman's well timed comment while presenting the award for the Best Director at the Golden Globes saying "And here are the all male nominees."). The rundown of the Golden Globes was not only a complete insult to women, but a cheap trick used to falsely show how “progressive” Hollywood is, when in reality — it is not.
The Golden Globes not only invited men who were known predators, like Kirk Douglas — who was given a standing ovation for his contribution to film and media even though he was accused of raping Natalie Wood, a sixteen year old at the time of the assault — but even distributed awards to these men with a recent past of sexual assault like James Franco, who had multiple encounters with underaged girls, and Gary Oldmen, who was accused with hitting his ex-wife with a telephone.
These men were essentially invited, nominated and even awarded for their work despite the fact that they were known perpetrates and predators. It was a slap in the face to the entire point of the movement and the women who constantly struggle with this reality.
By allowing these men to even continue working in the industry just shows the amount of privilege they have in Hollywood and how skewed the industry's integrity is. This only shows how men can continue behaving in this manner without fearing reprimand while women are expected to work twice as hard in these degrading environments and never expect appreciation or even understanding. Men get second chances while women are vulnerable to experiencing these sort of traumas over and over again.
The scariest thing is the fact that many of these men who were guilty of such foul behavior also wore black and the pins; they hid behind these trends with no remorse and acted like they understood the issue when in reality they did not. It was deceiving and an eye opening moment that had many people looking at their watches and realizing that time is not actually up, and there is still a long ways to go.
In order to fix this sort of mentality in Hollywood, we need to recognize that no amount of fame, money or "talent" should excuse a person from punishment for doing the wrong thing. Time will only be up when we actively try to stop it.