There is no doubt that 2018 has been a year of change and impact in Hollywood, with artists using their platform to speak out, now more than ever.
With black dresses and Time's Up pins donned by actors at the Golden Globe Awards on 7 January to protest against harassment in the entertainment industry and blue collar workplaces, there was a new accessory that made its way to the Grammys last night, the white rose.
From Lady Gaga to Lana Del Ray, Camila Cabello and Sam Smith … we saw a white rose, which symbolizes universal peace and hope, worn by famous celebs in different forms at the Grammys last night. The gesture showed the music industry's support for the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements, which was founded on Jan 1, 2018 by more than 300 influential Hollywood figures in response to the 'Weinstein effect'.
"Tonight, I am proud to stand in solidarity as not just an artist, but a young woman, with my fellow sisters in this room who make up the music industry — artists, writers, assistants, publicists, CEOs, producers, engineers, and women from all sectors of the business," Janelle Monae said in a speech, when introducing Kesha. "We are also daughters, wives, mothers, sisters, and human beings. To those who would dare try and silence us, we offer you two words: #Timesup. We say Time's Up for pay inequality, discrimination or harassment of any kind, and the abuse of power.
"We come in peace, but we mean business. It's not just going on in Hollywood, or in Washington, it's right here in our industry as well," the singer-cum-artist continued. "And just as we have the just as we have the power to shape culture, we also have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well. So, let's work together, women and men, as a united music industry committed to creating more safe work environments, equal pay, and access for all women."
And RIP singer Rita Ora echoed her sentiment, explaining, "The white rose for so many years has been such a peaceful symbol in so many different parts of the world and for me solidarity’s so important now. I thought that it was just a very graceful way of showing support to, I guess, everything that’s going on in Hollywood and I really do believe that the more visibility it gets, the more I think we can help, so that’s why I wanted to do it."
More power to this initiative from us at Ahlan!