Following suit is Emma Watson, who will attend the event with Marai Larasi, the executive director of Imkaan, which is a Black-feminist network organisation. "A lot of women say they've been sexually harassed but didn't do anything about it because it was never as bad as when they were young women working in restaurants", she says.
The move is part of a widening effort by prominent Hollywood women, who formed the umbrella group Time's Up, to extend the focus on sexual harassment to women marginalised because of class, sexuality, ethnicity or race. Sarandon will be bringing along Rosa Clemente, who has campaigned for voter engagement among youth of color, third party politics, United States political prisoners, the rights of Puerto Rico to become an independent nation, and media justice. She cofounded ROC in New York City after 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, which has organized those who work in restaurants to win workplace justice campaigns, conduct research and policy work, partner with responsible restaurants, and launch cooperatively owned restaurants.
The activists released a joint statement.
In a statement Sunday, the advocates say they were inspired by the Time's Up initiative.
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Speaking on the same note, filmmaker Ava DuVernay and actress Allison Janney, who also donned black attire, said that the step is taken to stand "with other like-minded people". It is our hope that in doing so, we will also help to broaden conversations about the connection to power, privilege and other systemic inequalities. It is a righting of a wrong.
Actor Mark Ruffalo posted a video to Twitter asking viewers to wear black on Sunday and post a photo to social media using the hashtag #TimesUp and #WhyWeWearBlack. "And I know it can be scary for some people, change is scary". And the thing about fairness, and the thing about equality, is that when you give it away, you don't lose anything.
But what did she wear for her first foray into the world of the Golden Globes? "I'm with it", DuVernay said. And we want to fix that.