Last Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards saw all the usual glitz and glam of award shows, but this year was even more special, with attendees donning black in support of sexual assault victims.
During the red carpet interviews, Debra Messing made sure to milk her live on air time when asked by E! host Guiliana Rancic on why the Will and Grace star donned black that evening (more on that later) instead of the usual question on which designer she was shouting out that night.
“I am wearing black to thank and honor all of the brave whistleblowers who came forward and shared their stories of harassment and assault,” Debra started, before bravely calling out the network on their own red carpet show.”
“We want diversity, we want intersectional gender parity, we want equal pay. I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts,” she said, adding that she missed Catt Sadlier, an E! host who quit in December after finding out her male co-host, Jason Kennedy, was making twice her salary despite her being in television for longer.
Needless to say, the Internet lost their minds over Debra.
Debra Messing drags E! (while being interviewed on E!): “I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believing in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts” pic.twitter.com/HF3B2uhwtF
— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 7, 2018
— Kate Aurthur (@KateAurthur) January 7, 2018
— Abbey Moore (@AbbeyLiz13) January 7, 2018
Debra Messing dragging E! in front of E! in front of probably the most Stepfordish woman on the network. I am relishing this moment pic.twitter.com/Ngn14MuYUP
— trashy gay tweets (@trashygaytweets) January 8, 2018
Catt has since released a statement thanking Messing for her feisty approach to the network on their field.
Now, about the all black? It’s a protest against sexual harassment in Hollywood and every other workplace, and is part of the Time’s Up initiative against sexual predators, and in cooperation with the #MeToo movement of sexual assault survivors.
Powerful women, including Oprah Winfrey, had everyone in awe delivering their mission statement that the time of taking sexual harassment in Hollywood seriously was now.