I didn’t want to watch Golden Globes, because I gave up on them last year and it felt amazing to have that Sunday evening to myself. This year, underwhelmed and unfamiliar with most of the films and shows, at the last minute, I caved. Why? Because I was curious if the ladies would wreck this sh!t.
What the hell was an expensive awards ceremony populated with an insurgency of seething but well-comported women going to be like? How was the red carpet going to work with everyone in black? (Answer: kinda weird, kinda demonstration of solidarity, and also kinda basically meaningless.)
As a friend expressed: “not enough wrecking for me.” I wish it had been more disruptive. I wish more people who were wearing black (especially the dudes) had actually talked about the reasons why they had been forced to wear black or else look like asses. Well, I guess we can’t all be Carry Nation!
But here are some of the ladies who brought it, wrecked it some, and made the event work for THEM and not the other way around.
2. Natalie Portman
Natalie had a simple job to do. But she added two words and BURN! Drag that category!
3. Salma Hayek
After reading about the harrowing abuse, manipulation and exploitation Weinstein put her through while she was trying to get Frida made, seeing Salma Hayek strut out on stage to present (and lead the room in a chorus of ‘Time’s Up!) was a moment of triumph. She also attended with her friend, supporter, and fellow survivor Ashley Judd.
4. Greta Gerwig
By winning. Ladies be winning sh!t. She wreck it without even trying! Just by making a great film. After her snub from the best director category, her film freaking won Best Film. Also much appreciation to her producer who recognized that “the only person who should speak for Lady Bird is Greta Gerwig” and got the hell out of the way to let his Lady speak.
5. Debra Messing
Debra Messing wrecked the red carpet. I didn’t watch much of the red carpet coverage but Messing had ALL the talking points and also critiqued E! for its gender pay gap to E!’s face. She articulated really well what the Time’s Up movement was about and explained that she was wearing black to honor and thank all the women who had been whistleblowers on the harassment and abuse in the industry over the past year.
6. The Activists Who Walked the Red Carpet & the Celebs Who Invited Them
Eight actresses brought Tarana Burke, Marai Larasi, Rosa Clemente, Ai-jen Poo, Calina Lawrence, Mónica Ramírez, Billie Jean King, and Saru Jayaraman to the event, raising awareness about Time’s Up and the issues of abuse and harassment in other industries and communities besides the entertainment and media industry.
7. Honorable Mention: Seth Meyers
Gotta include the dudes, right?
A lot of people are complaining that, despite donning black and Time’s Up pins, none of the men at the awards talked about Time’s Up or brought attention to the issues so many of their women peers were spending the evening addressing. However, Seth Meyers did. He worked many of the issues of abuse, sexual harassment, objectification, racism, and pay discrimination into his opening monologue. On-air, he credited two of his women co-writers and had his bestie Amy Poehler heckle him for mansplaining. He even, if awkwardly, drew attention to the fact that a woman could/should have been the one to get his Golden Globes hosting gig.
He also delivered one of my favorite jokes of the night, calling out Weinstein and the hypocrisy of the industry the made him when no one else would.