With so many aces decked out in black for this year’s Golden Globes, it was hard not to find actress Blanca Blanco‘s bold sprinkle of red.
The all-black look, adopted as part of the Time’s Up safarus to culminate workplace persecution, became a sort of de facto red carpet attire. Many of the night’s clients accepted a more conservative gaze compared to its past, transforming the often hateful( and sometimes sexist) “Who are you wearing? ” type of questions into an opportunity to discuss important societal issues.
When Blanco arrived in a fearles crimson dress alongside actor John Savage, beings immediately took observe. Variety reporter Cynthia Littleton mentioned on Twitter, “I remember I would call this review ‘not reading the room’ this year.”
“The problem is that when millions of women[ fight] sexism and the sexualization of the woman’s organization, you are just the image of what those women are fighting, ” wrote one Twitter user, situating the blame for sexism on wives like Blanco. “Wearing a dress like this when women are asking to heard not just seen is so shocking, ” wrote another.
But these negative reactions reverberate a lot like the main victims blaming and objectification of women in the workplace that the #MeToo movement is trying to address.
Blanco’s choice to buck the night’s unofficial dress code wasn’t intended as some sort of berate of the Time’s Up movement — in an interview with Fox News, she said that she she is “excited about the #TimesUp change; true change is long overdue.”
“I love red, ” she offered Fox. “Wearing ruby-red does not mean I am against the movement. I salute and stand by the courageous actresses that continue to break the cycle of corruption through their actions and mode mode selects. It is one of many factors producing wives to a safer home because of their status.”
After the gifts, she took to Twitter, saying, “Shaming is part of the problem” and “The issue is bigger than my full-dress color.”
Shaming genuinely is part of the problem, feeding into tired tropes about scapegoating women who were “asking for it” based on what they were wearing at any given moment.
Arguing that Blanco and her dress( whether the coloring or the style) are somehow at fault for sexual assault and harassment is patently stupid — a incongruity of the minds of #MeToo movement and feminism itself, which is focused on equal rights for women, who should be granted the agency to make their own choices for their own rationales.
The only parties to blame for harassment and assault are, by definition, the individuals who harass and assault others, reinforcing the act’s culture suitability.
Whether you check Blanco’s red carpet dress as a pattern hit or miss, it’s unjustified to take it that extra step further to blame her for different cultures that obligated changes like Time’s Up and #MeToo so sadly necessary.
Black dress, blood-red dress, or something else altogether, we should work to induce accusing women’s pattern decisions for sexism a happen of the past.