magine, if you will, a very typical Hollywood scene:
The male actor du jour – let's say an Armie Hammer or an Ansel Elgort ('cause they're everywhere these days) – sits in his publicist's office, going over the Do's and Do Not's of the upcoming Golden Globes.
"These Golden Globes will be fraught with peril," the publicist cautions, blowing a plume of smoke from her electric cigarette. "All the women have their panties in a bunch about the whole Times Up and #MeToo movements. This is not the time to make a mistake."
"What do I do?" asks the hapless actor, all doe-eyed innocence.
The publicist thinks about it for a second. Finally, she leans forward, and looks into his eyes. "Don't speak," she advises. "Don't. Speak."
While the afore-described scene is, of course, an imagined encounter rather than a factual one, it’s easy to see how it could have indeed been fact.
Sunday’s Golden Globes were a glittering anomaly in the world of award shows. For one, everyone on the red carpet wore black except for a few notable holdouts that apparently did not get the memo.
The reason they wore black, however, was the most important award show deviation of all.
Celebrities of all stripes were protesting the ingrained misogyny in Hollywood, which had resulted in a spate of sexual harassment and assault scandals starting with producer Harvey Weinstein.
You remember him. The man that singlehandedly made bathrobes shorthand for sexual assault because he was so fond of wearing them as he leered at helpless young actresses and destroyed their careers for not acquiescing to his sexual demands.
Weinstein was such a prolific sexual assaulter, he had harassed, intimidated, violated and raped over 80 women spanning the course of three decades before any of his wrongdoings hit the public eye.
The reason for this, of course, was silence.