The Golden Globes 2018 will forever be remembered as the year almost everyone wore black. There were a few women that opted out of wearing the shade for their own personal reasons, including actor Blanca Blanco. Now, Blanco is defending her fashion choice in an interview with Fox News. Turns out, she didn't miss the memo. She just liked her dress — and the color — too much to give it up.
The sexual assault allegation against Harvey Weinstein made waves in the entertainment industry. Women spoke up through the #MeToo movement, which lead to the Time's Up initiative to raise funds for sexual assault victims who can't afford legal counsel. The waves spread to the Golden Globes red carpet, too.
An overwhelming amount of celebrities wore black to the carpet to visually show that they stood together to fight for equality, togetherness, and change. Blanco was one of few women not wearing black to the event. Instead, she wore a red Atria Clothing gown with high slits and cutouts along the front and the arm.
She tells Fox News that she stands with the Time's Up movement, but loved her gown.
“I love red,” she told Fox News. “Wearing red does not mean I am against the movement. I applaud and stand by the courageous actresses that continue to break the cycle of abuse through their actions and fashion style choices. It is one of many factors leading women to a safer place because of their status. I am excited about the Time’s Up movement; true change is long overdue.”
As HelloGiggle points out, people were shaming the actress online for not wearing black to the event. Some saw it as her going against the movement and avoiding the conversation. Blanco says that was not the point of her deciding to wear red.
"It hurts my feelings, but I guess it's part of being in our industry," Blanco said in the Fox News statement. "We have people who appreciate you and others that don’t. The designer Atria Couture did an amazing job with my dress and I appreciate them for dressing me. Shaming is part of the problem.”
Despite getting some backlash on social media, Blanco posted three images on her Instagram account from the Golden Globes — none of which have statements on the sartorial protest.
Blanco wasn't the only one to not wear the shade to the event. The HFPA President Meher Tatna wore red to the event, Gaten Matarazzo of Stranger Things also wore a navy blue suit, and German fashion model Barbara Meier showed up in a light pink and silver gown. Tatna, the other women who wore red, credited her culture with the color choice.
According to The Wrap, an individual with knowledge of Tatna's intention said, “while the president [of the HFPA] stands with and supports Time’s Up, she wore the dress that she chose with her mother. As part of her Indian culture, it’s customary to wear a festive color during a celebration — in this case being the 75th anniversary.”
Tatna told Access Hollywood on the red carpet that she wore red because it is against her culture to wear black, unless she is a widow in mourning.
“I am totally in solidarity with them,” Tatna told Vanity Fair on the carpet, speaking of the actresses in protest.
Matarazzo, who wore a navy blue suit instead of the typical black, chose to outfit the look with a "Time's Up" pin to show that he stood for the cause. It's worth noting that Blanco did not wear a pin.
No matter what you think of Blanco's choice, the attendees that didn't wear black aren't any less a part of the conversation happening in Hollywood right now. And shaming is certainly never the answer.