Liberal Journalists, Activists Slam Male Golden Globe Winners for Remaining Silent on #MeToo Movement

James Franco, with Tommy Wiseau and Dave Franco, accepts award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for 'The Disaster Artist' during 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards / Getty
January 8, 2018

Liberal journalists and activists took to social media to castigate the male attendees at the Golden Globes on Sunday for not speaking out about the recent waves of sexual harassment accusations in Hollywood that have jarred the entertainment industry.

Hollywood's top talent gathered in Beverly Hills, California to honor the top film performances of the past year, but the sexual misconduct revelations about disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men in the entertainment industry loomed large throughout the show, making for a politically charged evening.

Female attendees like Oprah Winfrey, Natalie Portman, Debra Messing, and many others spent the night criticizing the wage gap between men and women, the lack of female directors, and an overall culture of harassment in Hollywood. They also praised the #MeToo movement, which emerged in October after media reports revealed several sexual abuse and harassment allegations against Weinstein. Since then, nuermous women, and some men, have come forward to accuse dozens of men in the entertainment industry of sexual misconduct.

Many men attending the Golden Globes wore all black on the red carpet to show support for the #MeToo and the related Time's Up movements. Aziz Ansari, Common, Zac Efron, Chris Hemsworth, Dwayne Johnson, and others donned black from head to toe. Some—including Joseph Fiennes, Nick Jonas, William Macy, and Justin Timberlake, among others—also wore Time's Up pins on their lapels.

Still, many liberal commentators criticized men at the awards show, particularly the awardees themselves, for not commenting on sexual harassment in Hollywood. Many journalists and activists watching at home went on Twitter to denounce the male winners, writing that not one used the time allotted in their acceptance speech to discuss the pressing issues of the evening.

Left-wing organizations also blasted male attendees for not speaking out more, such as NARAL Pro-Choice America.