Each year, at every Hollywood awards show, an unfortunate question resurfaces on the red carpet: “Who are you wearing?”
As in, what designer dress are you wearing?
But next year at the Golden Globes, that question may fall on deaf ears. That’s because a movement has begun to get every actress to wear a similar outfit: a black gown.
In protest of Hollywood’s pervasive culture of sexual assault, female actresses will reportedly show up to the Jan. 7 Golden Globes in all black, PEOPLE reports.
“All female actresses attending the Globes are protesting by just wearing black gowns,” an anonymous source told PEOPLE.
Multiple other anonymous sources confirmed the trend, according to PEOPLE, including morning talk show hosts Claudia and Jackie Oshry on their morning show The Morning Breath.
Us Magazine separately reported that they had verified with sources close to the 2018 Golden Globe Awards that “many of the female actress who will be attending the show will be wearing black dresses as a sign of protest against sexual harassment.”
“This movement is spreading rampantly and pretty much all the nominated women and others attending are participating,” the source told Us.
This won’t be the first act of protest to take place in a red carpet environment, but this is the first time actresses “have banded together in a full show of sartorial solidarity,” the PEOPLE report noted.
Some actors and actresses wore blue ribbons in solidarity with the American Civil Liberties Union at the 2017 Emmy Awards. At the Screen Actors Guild awards in January, Big Bang Theory actor Simon Helberg carried a sign reading “refugees welcome” and wife Jocelyn Towne wrote the words “let them in” on her chest in protest of US President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
Sexual assault allegations have taken center stage in the United States and around the world in the past few months, as women have come out with what seems like an endless supply of horrific stories of sexual harassment and abuse inculpating male comedians, producers, media moguls, and politicians. These men include producer Harvey Weinstein, comedian Louis C.K., and NBC News anchor Matt Lauer.
Many actresses, including Salma Hayek, Alyssa Milano, and Lupita Nyong'o have all spoken out against rampant sexual assault in the film industry.
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According to sources, the black gown protests may extend to other awards shows, such as the Oscars.