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January 18, 2018

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2018 was the 75th year of the Golden Globe Awards. (Photo Credit: Samantha Cano/ Achona Online)

On Sunday Jan. 7, 2018, almost every celebrity in at the 75th celebration of the Golden Globes wore black. It was in recognition of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.

The #MeToo movement began as a social media trend in October of 2017 to call attention to sexual assault and harassment. The #TimesUp movement was started by women from across the country, of all backgrounds and social positions, who have experienced harassment, discrimination, or abuse.

Along with wearing all black, many celebrities wore pins on their lapels and dresses that read, “Time’s Up.”

The 2018 Golden Globe awards ended with an acceptance speech by media mogul, Oprah Winfrey, after being presented with the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. Oprah’s rousing speech brought everyone in the audience to their feet. It was truly empowering.

Although the night went successfully for these activists and all that participated in the black out, there is backlash regarding the social effect. Many people have criticized the effects that this may have following the awards, and believe that although celebrities attempted to make a statement, wearing black did nothing.

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