The 75th Golden Globes hosted at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California broadcasted live on January 7, 2018, had one thing that had made it stand out over previous years: the all-black attire.
The all-black attire was chosen as a way to have a visual key of the movement popularity known as #MeToo- a campaign to raise awareness of the undercovered sexual abuse and harassment in the industry.
The phrase was coined by activist Tarana Burke in 2006, as she recalled on her Myspace profile the she was motivated to create the campaign when a 13 year old girl had confided with her that she had been sexually assaulted, and she wished that she had told the girl that Tarana herself had also suffered through something similar “Me Too”.
By September of 2017, the repercussions of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment, abuse and rape had been clear: not only was Harvey himself disgraced from the public mind and the industry, victims of other abusers felt that for once, they had the opportunity to publicly call out well-known personas and be taken seriously.
Actress Alyssa Milano on October 15, 2017 tweeted the phrase #MeToo, which quickly made the phrase, and movement be popular and embedde into people’s conscience.