Award Season is here and the underlying theme of all the shows us the Time’s Up movement. It started when celebrities attending the Golden Globes wore all black, donned Time’s Up pins and some even brought prominent activists and organizers as their dates.
Now the protest is moving overseas to the United Kingdom for The British Academy Film and Television Arts Awards, otherwise known as the BAFTAs. The award ceremony is like the British Oscars.
According to Deadline, a letter was sent “on behalf of a collective of UK based female film and television industry leaders” to people in the industry encouraging attendees to wear black to show solidarity with Hollywood and raise awareness of abuse in the UK.
The full letter reads:
We write to you on behalf of a collective of UK based female film and television industry leaders. We got together at the end of last year, in response to the sexual harassment scandals in our industry and beyond.
Inspired by the TIME’S UP movement in the US, we are working to continue the incredible movement this side of the Atlantic. With BAFTA being the first major film awards ceremony in Europe this year, we feel it is important to make a statement to show global solidarity and that the issue is not being forgotten, and to join hands with people across all industries who have experienced inequality and abuse.
This is why we are inviting you to wear black to the awards ceremony, to follow suit from our sisters who attended the Golden Globes. Wearing black is a strong, unifying and simple statement – a physical and visual representation of our solidarity with people across all industries who have experienced sexual harassment and abuse or have been held back due to an imbalance in power. It is also the easiest color for the majority to wear and feel comfortable in.
Here in the UK, more than half of all women and nearly two-thirds of women aged 18 to 24 have experienced sexual harassment at work. And we hope that those of us who are privileged enough to have a platform can use it to raise awareness of the experiences of women beyond our industry, whose experiences are often silenced and marginalized.
At this point, we are keeping things under wraps as the UK-side movement shapes up and we’ll have some exciting plans to announce soon.
We wanted to personally reach out to you at this point to let you know of the color code and we will be in touch again with more information, including talking points on why we’re wearing black.
For men, there are plans for special pins and/or a buttonhole if you would like one.
If you would be interested in bringing a women’s rights, equality, workplace rights activist with you to the awards, we would love to work with you to set that up – as it was a very successful part of the Golden Globes action.
This isn’t the first Time’s Up protest outside of the Golden Globes. The Grammy’s tried to have a protest with white flowers, but it wasn’t as successful. Members of Congress wore all black to the State of the Union Address as a protest for safety and equity in the workplace.
On top of the protest, BAFTA has teamed up with a number of organizations to help disable harmful work practices within the British film and television industry that “thrive in outdated power structures,” BAFTA chair Jane Lush said.
Looks like the Me Too and Time’s Up movements aren’t going anywhere and we couldn’t be more thrilled.