Golden Globes 2018: Stars Will Take Activists to the Red Carpet
Posted January 7, 2018 4:11 p.m. EST
In their push to highlight the problems of sexual harassment and gender inequality, eight actresses at Sunday night’s Golden Globes ceremony are extending their political statements to their plus-ones.
Laura Dern, Amy Poehler, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Emma Watson, Michelle Williams and Shailene Woodley say that on the red carpet they will each be accompanied by activists in a range of fields. The move is part of a widening effort by prominent Hollywood women, who formed the umbrella group Time’s Up, to extend the focus on sexual harassment to women marginalized because of class, sexuality, ethnicity or race.
The initiative’s efforts range from the establishment of a legal fund to fight sexual harassment to symbolic statements like wearing black on the red carpet and now inviting activists to the Globes.
In a joint statement, the eight activists said they hoped that by attending the Golden Globes, they would redirect attention from abusers to survivors and lasting solutions.
“We believe we are nearing a tipping point in transforming the culture of violence in the countries where we live and work,” the women said. “It’s a moment to transform both the written and unwritten rules that devalue the lives and experiences of women.”
Here’s who you’ll see on the red carpet:
— Tarana Burke, senior director of the nonprofit Girls for Gender Equity and founder of the #MeToo movement, will attend with Williams, a nominee for her performance in “All the Money in the World.”
— Marai Larasi, executive director of Imkaan, a British network of organizations working to end violence against black and minority women, will be Watson’s guest.
— Rosa Clemente, a community organizer focused on political prisoners, voter engagement and Puerto Rican independence, and who also ran for vice president on the Green Party ticket in 2008, will attend with Sarandon, a nominee for “Feud: Bette and Joan.”
— Ai-jen Poo, who organizes immigrant worker women and is director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, will be with Streep, who is nominated for her performance in “The Post.”
— Mónica Ramírez, who fights sexual violence against farmworkers and pushes for Latina empowerment, will be the guest of Dern, a nominee for her performance in “Big Little Lies.”
— Calina Lawrence, a Suquamish Tribe member, singer and activist for, among other causes, Native American treaty and water rights, will be going with Woodley.
— Saru Jayaraman, a workplace justice advocate for restaurant workers, will be Poehler’s guest.
— Billie Jean King, the tennis champion who founded the Women’s Tennis Association, will accompany Stone, who is up for a Globe for her portrayal of King in the film “Battle of the Sexes.”