After Golden Globes host Seth Myers opened the Sunday show with a blatant attack on men, liberal journalists and activists have continued the fight against misogyny by expressing their displeasure that male winners did not spend the evening talking about sexual harassment in Hollywood.
The tone for the evening was set early by Myers, who opened the show by saying, “Good evening, ladies…and remaining gentlemen.”
The NBC “Late Night” host continued: “For the male nominees in the room tonight, this is the first time in three months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name read out loud.”
After such an opening, the liberal media was still aghast that male winners did not feel comfortable speaking up about sexual abuse. As the Washington Free Beacon pointed out, they spent Monday “castigating the male attendees” who were at the awards show “for not speaking out about the recent waves of sexual harassment accusations in Hollywood that have jarred the entertainment industry.”
While most male and female attendees wore all-black on the red carpet to show support for the #MeToo and #Time’sUp movements, female attendees – such as Oprah Winfrey, Natalie Portman, Debra Messing, and others – focused on topics central to women and feminists, like the so-called wage gap between men and women, the lack of female directors, and a male bias in Hollywood.
Women spent the night praising the #MeToo movement, while men – such as Zac Efron, Chris Hemsworth, Dwayne Johnson, Joseph Fiennes, and Justin Timberlake, among others – showed their commitment to it with their black attire, some also wearing “Time’s Up” pins. However, winners did not speak about the issues while on stage.
The Beacon reports:
[M]any 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.
Some Twitter users defended the male actors, bringing up men who did mention women-centric issues during their speeches, such as Sterling K. Brown. They also guessed that men were concerned that they might bring negative attention to themselves, especially if they behaved badly in the past. One user,@freejamius, said, “any man that spoke might have been criticized for taking that moment away from the movement and the women of the movement.”
Others echoed that thought, saying men were there to be seen in support, but not heard.
Some examples of the outrage may be seen below.
Overwhelming takeaways from #GoldenGlobes #redcarpet are:
1. Red carpet hosts ask dumb questions
2. Some celebs, esp #TimesUp members, better at pivoting than others
3. Would be nice to see more male celebs go out of their way to talk #TimesUp
4. Change is refreshing and overdue
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) January 8, 2018
— Zach Stafford (@ZachStafford) January 8, 2018
Not a single one.
NOT. A. SINGLE. ONE.#GoldenGlobes
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 8, 2018
Has a male recipient mentioned #TIMESUP yet?
— Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) January 8, 2018
Has any male winner actually commented on #TIMESUP or the harassment and abuse too many of their female costars have faced?
— Christina Reynolds (@creynoldsnc) January 8, 2018
— Liz Plank (@feministabulous) January 8, 2018
Not one dude Golden Globes Winner talked about the #MeToo movement in his speech. Knowing this industry their publicists probably told them it would be better for them. Men feminism literally CAN NOT succeed without us. It’s time for us to #stepup #timesup #goldenglobes pic.twitter.com/9Ylqy1Tv53
— Benjamin O’Keefe (@benjaminokeefe) January 8, 2018
Wearing a black tuxedo isn’t enough. We need men to SPEAK UP and stand beside us to fight to end sexual assault & rape culture.
— NARAL (@NARAL) January 8, 2018
Del Toro and Sterling K Brown both did. Seth Myers certainly did.
— Craig Shames (@CraigSEsquire) January 8, 2018
Actually thats not true. The guy from This is Us who won Best Actor mentioned it in his speech. Not over powering but was mentioned
— Patrick Cavey (@PatrickCavey) January 8, 2018
I think a lot of men did not speak towards #MeToo is because if they did they’d have a target on their back and they know people would deep tissue search their backgrounds and make a headline out of any contradictions. cowardly, but I think that’s what happened.
— Myles E. Johnson (@hausmuva) January 8, 2018
In all fairness, I think any man that spoke might have been criticized for taking that moment away from the movement and the women of the movement. It’s been said several times that we men need only to listen. Several opportunists tonight as it was.
— Jåmiu§ (@freejamius) January 8, 2018
Men have been told for months now that it’s not their place to speak on this issue. I think the lapel pins were enough. Tonight’s show was about the women.
— Ken Hastings (@HastingsPudding) January 8, 2018
Correct. And isn’t the whole point that men listen, not speak? Isn’t the whole point that we’ve heard their voices enough and women’s need to be heard?
— Liz Tray (@LizTray) January 8, 2018