PopSugar.com ran a column titled “These Badass Women Stood Up to Sexual Harassment by Wearing Black to the Golden Globes.” The column was written by Victoria Messina who wrote that the actresses, “wore black for the patriarchy-smashing occasion.” The article contained an extensive slide show of actresses posing for the cameras wearing black dresses. The message was by wearing a black dress they will somehow stop sexual abuse.
Melanie Phillips wrote a column about the Golden Globe awards titled “Hollywood Protest Was Another Vanity Parade.” Ms. Phillips wrote:
It’s hard to recall a more egregious display of vanity signalling than the black dress protest. It was “please snap me while I pose in my conscience”. MeToo! MeToo!
Hollywood is the crown jewel of hyperbole.
Hyperbole is defined as:
Exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
The black dress attired actresses at the Golden Globe Awards have no idea what sexual oppression is all about. You see there is another group of women who are required by law enforced by their “patriarchy” to wear black, from head to toe, every minute of every day of their lives.
Kelsey Harkness, senior news producer at The Daily Signal, in a column titled “As American Women Put Their Pink Hats Back On, Women in Iran Rip Off Their Hijabs” published the below video:
As American women prepare to put on their pink hats for a second time to protest President Donald Trump on the anniversary of his inauguration, women in Iran are taking off their hijabs, protesting an oppressive theocratic regime.
For nearly 40 years since the 1979 revolution, Iranian women have been forced to follow the country’s mandatory dress code, which includes long, loose garments and headscarves known as hijabs. While wearing a hijab here in the United States is a sign of female empowerment, taking them off in Iran is the ultimate sign of defiance.
Hollywood views the patriarchal oppression of women differently than do those who are truly oppressed.
Hollywood has now reached the pinnacle of hyperbole.
Their protest has no meaning nor impact for those women across the globe who are facing cruel abuses from their fathers, husbands, brothers and in some cases slave owners.
Hollywood actresses have turned a blind eye not only to the abuses of their fellow actresses but to the plight of women in countries that treat them as chattel. Hollywood actresses wearing black has not dented let alone smashed the patriarchy in certain countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
These actresses would be strangers in a strange land if they felt the pain of just one little girl married off to an older man.
May we humbly suggest that the real “badass women” are ripping off their black burkas in countries like Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Sudan.
EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is by Ben Ritter.