The winning women at the 2018 Golden Globes preached support, demanded equality, and urged us to listen to victims of sexual assault. But what of the winning men, specifically those who won Golden Globes for playing abusive male characters? (Take Alexander Skarsgård’s win for playing the violent Perry Wright in Big Little Lies, for example.) Where was their vocal support for the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements?
Yes, many male Globes attendees wore black and “Time’s Up” pins in support of victims of sexual abuse. This method of protest is an important form of representation for the victims these actors stand in solidarity with. But when given a platform like the Golden Globes stage, which would allow one to add a voice and public face to the protest, a much larger impact can be made than from simply a wardrobe choice.
So why did most winning men decide to stay quiet on the issue?
Doctor of Psychology and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Dr. Danielle Forshee, provided HelloGiggles with her take.
In the case of supporting women and survivors of sexual abuse and violence, words speak louder than actions. Skarsgård, Rockwell, and the other men who chose to keep mum regarding politics make us question if they are really on board with female empowerment and industry change.
Their lack of vocal protest once again puts the weight of the fight on the backs of women. In order for change to happen, all must be involved. There is no longer room for complicity.