Duchess of Cambridge Called Out For Failing To Wear Black To The BAFTAs
British royal Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has come under fire online for failing to wear black at last night's BAFTAs to show her support for the anti-harrasment and discrimination movement.
Prince William's pregnant wife, formerly known as Kate Middleton, opted for a dark green Jenny Packham cap-sleeved gown with a thin black sash, which she paired with diamond and emerald jewellery.
Her choice of clothing drew criticism from viewers, who took to Twitter to express their dismay that Catherine did not take part in the red carpet black-out, led by actresses including Gemma Arterton, to stand in solidarity with victims of sexual misconduct and inequality.
"Disappointed in #KateMiddleton #DuchessofCambridge not wearing black to the #EEBAFTAs It's not a political thing. It's a woman thing!," read one tweet, while another stated, "can someone please sit me down and explain why Kate Middleton couldn't wear black for a few hours for an important cause?".
Others defended the Duchess on social media, insisting she did nothing wrong.
"Duchess of Cambridge being abused by 'feminists' on Twitter for not wearing a black dress at tonight's #BAFTAS," remarked British TV personality Piers Morgan. "Apparently, she's not allowed to exercise HER feminist right to wear whatever colour dress she chooses."
Another supporter noted the dark-coloured gown was a good choice, particularly as members of the royal family are supposed to remain politically neutral.
"Personally, I think the #DuchessofCambridge made the right decision," tweeted another viewer. "She wore a dark color but not black. She didn't wear red or hot pink. She blended without overtly making what could be perceived as a political statement."
While the Duchess ignored the red carpet black-out, stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong'o, Saoirse Ronan, and Lily James did participate in the movement, attending the London awards wearing black gowns, making a similar fashion statement to those who also ditched colour for Hollywood's Golden Globes last month in light of the Time's Up and #MeToo movements to put an end to inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.