The Time is Now

The ‘Time’s Up’ movement is taking the film industry by storm with its powerful message

Opinion of Joyce Lin

Since 1944, the Golden Globes have been highly anticipated by viewers, with millions of eyes on outstanding and deserving films, soundtracks, directors, actors, actresses, and more.
One of the biggest parts of the night is the fashion on the red carpet. From bright, diamond-covered gowns to sleek tuxedos, the outfits make loud statements.
This year, at the 75th awards ceremony, most, if not all of those walking down the red carpet were wearing black, as a symbol of solidarity for victims who have bravely spoken up with allegations of sexual harassment.
It was part of a movement known as “Time’s Up,” an all-encompassing group that is working to continue the momentum of the #MeToo movement, with the intention to help women pursue action against those who violate them.
In addition, they are pushing studios and talent agencies to have more equality between men and women in the industry.
Hollywood is notorious for being male-dominated and having prevalent gender inequality. The New York Film Academy examined the job opportunities, film roles, wage gap, and found that in 2016, there was a 5:1 ratio of men working on films to women.
The number of female directors, screenwriters, producers. editors, and cinematographers compared to males is just disappointing.
Seeing as movies are such a large form of media and holds so much influence within society, this misrepresentation needs to be continually addressed.
Watching the awards ceremony on Sunday, I felt a surge of bittersweet pride. Many actors and actresses brought activists as their dates, such as Meryl Streep, who arrived with Ai-Jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
Activists included Tarana Burke, who is the senior director of the nonprofit Girls for Gender Equity organization and founder of the #MeToo movement.
Instead of being asked “who are you wearing,” celebrities were asked “why are you wearing all-black,” as they donned simple but statement pieces along with Time’s Up pins.
These conversations of inequality have been rambling on for a while, but instead of being quiet murmur and thoughts, they are now roaring declarations and calls-to-action.
With hundreds of women and men speaking out every day against sexual harassment, the world is finally addressing the conversation of what cannot be tolerated anymore.
Of course, people will say that there has been a surge in leading female-roles on screen and that people are taking steps to eliminate the gap and corruption in Hollywood.
Yes, there has, but there is still a long road ahead. Even though I believe the dialogue should have been addressed a long time ago, it is not too late. The time truly is now: to speak out and be involved, to stop sitting back and instead, take  action.
Concluding with Oprah’s incredibly moving speech as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement (becoming the first Black woman to receive the award): “I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on

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