Hours before the Golden Globe Awards, the #WhyWeWearBlack protest is already in full effect with plenty of big names speaking out and answering the question of why they will be wearing black to tonight’s Hollywood awards show.
Taking to her Instagram story, Eva Longoria rounded up several celeb motivations behind the black motif. “We wear black for many reasons,” she said next to Instagram newcomer Natalie Portman. “One, to support the brave women who have come out with their stories. To those that are still silenced, we are with you.”
“We wear black because we’re looking forward to a new day where the powerful do not exploit others,” Portman added.
Other actresses and actors in attendance chimed in with their reasons, like Laura Den, who is wearing black “because time’s up on imbalance and abusive power.” Brie Larson says she is “wearing black to stand with the 90% of restaurant workers who have reported that they’ve experienced sexual harassment.”
Here’s a roundup of the collection of those who’ve spoken out about why they’re wearing black.
Tessa Thompson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Brie Larson, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington and Rashida Jones thanked those that have donated over $15 million to the Time’s Up fund. The foundation was created, according to Witherspoon, “for people who were victims of sexual harassment and discrimination and abuse in the work place and they don’t have access to legal representation.”
Ruffalo is wearing black to “support a lot of really wonderful, courageous women who are asking for fairness in the work place by stopping sexual harassment and harassment in general. It’s been a long time coming and we’re here. And it’s exciting.”
“We wear black to symbolize solidarity, that the death knell has stuck on abuse of power, and that it’s time to celebrate each other. Not just the nominees on film and television screens, but our storytellers who have bravely come forward and courageously shared their personal stories, which have liberated so many of us. Me too.”
Jennifer Lopez posted from Puerto Rico, where she had traveled to help provide relief to the territory that is still suffering after Hurricane Maria. She shouted out #TimesUp, stating that like the women at the Golden Globes, the people in Puerto Rico just want to be treated equally. Jessica Chastain, a Globes nominee, reposted the video, thanking Lopez and writing “This is more than just the Golden Globes this is worldwide.”
Reed Morano, the director of “The Handmaid’s Tale” wrote, “Today I wear black because I won’t be silenced and I want to send a very clear message about how I feel ———— It has taken me a long time to realize I don’t have to accept being treated differently or taken advantage of because I’m a woman in my position. It occurred to me that I am still allowing it to happen because I’ve always accepted it and have become so accustomed to it, that I often don’t even realize it’s happening. This is happening to women and minorities everywhere right now and I’m not going to accept it anymore. We will ALL be treated WITH THE RESPECT WE HAVE EARNED. “
“Stranger Thing’s” Shannon Purser wrote on Twitter, “I wear black a lot, but today it will remind me of all the voices that have been silenced. The testimonies brushed aside. And now, the downfall of predators and the survivors who are taking the power back. Abusers beware.”