Why the men decided to stand in solidarity with the women and wear all-black to the 2018 Golden Globes
Chris Hemsworth was just one of the men who showed their support for #MeToo and the Time’s Up movement by joining the women in wearing head-to-toe black on the 2018 Golden Globes red carpet. By wearing black, he and other men stood in solidarity with women speaking against sexual harassment and helped to draw attention to workplace inequality. Stars were encouraged to wear the shade as part of the Time’s Up movement, an organization dedicated to preventing sexual assault and harassment in the workplace, and many took the moment to draw attention to Time’s Up as well as the legal defense fund created to raise money for women fighting harassment in workplaces across the country, which has already raised more than $16 million.
Beside donning all black, many men also wore the Time’s Up pin on their lapels, Hemsworth included. “This is something that a lot of people are coming together in unity and saying we do not stand for sexual harassment,” the Thor star and Globes presenter told PEOPLE of why he chose to accessorize his brocade black Etro look with a Time’s Up pin.
“We do not stand for inequality, and me personally, I’m a feminist,” he added. “We stand for equality. I believe in equality regardless of gender, regardless of race, regardless of sexual orientation, regardless of political opinion. I believe that we all need to come together in a very compassionate way, and say, ‘Okay. Let’s even things out and let’s give each other a chance and let’s listen to one another.’”
Common (in Giorgio Armani and Bruno Magli shoes), Aziz Ansari (in Ermenegildo Zegna Couture) and Zac Efron (in HUGO) also wore all black, which stylist and image architect Law Roach applauded as an opportunity for a younger generation to learn how to speak out. “It’s really important for men to show younger boys what’s right through example,” Roach, who created looks for Mary J. Blige and Mariah Carey for the night, tells PEOPLE.
Seth Rogen, William H. Macy, Justin Timberlake, Nick Jonas, Joseph Fiennes also showed their support by wearing the pin.
“I’m proud of the Times Up button — as heavy as it is, it’s like a license plate — I’m proud to stand amongst powerful women voicing their concerns, bringing about a campaign that is historical and a call to stand for change that I hope has ramifications to other industries,” Fiennes told PEOPLE after he and his fellow castmates of The Handmaid’s Tale won the Best Television Series, Drama Golden Globe.
The Time’s Up pin, available on the website for $12, helps raise money for the legal defense fund.
Meanwhile, This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown, who won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama, wore a different pin to convey similar feelings.
“I’ve got my pin right here, which means that I stand for and fully encourage seeing women in positions as directors, producers, storytellers and look forward to being in partnership with them,” the winner told PEOPLE. “It’s been a long year and it’s been an important year in terms of recognizing just how awful men can be. So as a man who tries not to be awful, it’s important for me to say I support everybody being as comfortable in their working environment as I am.”
Common’s pin, however, held a different meaning. “The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in perspective,” his stylist Micaela Erlanger wrote on Instagram of the ruby and diamond dragonfly brooch by Tiffany & Co., which is worth $5,200.
Stylist Ilaria Urbanati, who works with many men who walked the red carpet at the Globes, had previously confirmed that her clients would be standing alongside the women and dressing in all black in December.
Rumors of an all-black carpet started circulating in December. Though, on New Year’s Day, dozens of women confirmed that it would happen as part of the newly-formed Time’s Up movement. “This is a moment of solidarity, not a fashion moment,” Eva Longoria told the New York Times. “For years, we’ve sold these awards shows as women, with our gowns and colors and our beautiful faces and our glamour. This time the industry can’t expect us to go up and twirl around. That’s not what this moment is about.”
—With Reporting by Mariah Haas and Kara Warner