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Wonder Woman Gail Gadot heads up Golden Globes protest against sexual harassment

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 January, 2018, 6:49am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 January, 2018, 6:49am

Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, will put down her Amazonian shield and take up a new mantle as a defender of sexually harassed women at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.

She joins other stars, including singer-turned-actress Mary J Blige, Brooklyn’s Saoirse Ronan and West Wing star Allison Janney, who will dress in black at the awards to protest harassment.

All four women four voiced their support for a new, Hollywood-led initiative, Time’s Up, which is aimed at supporting women who bring complaints.

“I am one of those women, so, you know, I don’t want to go into detail about that and I haven’t, but I am, and I stand with those women. I champion them,” Blige said on Tuesday at the Palm Springs International Film Festival awards.

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Blige, who earned a Globe nomination for her supporting role in Mudbound, said the Time’s Up campaign and the wear-black protest are important “because there’s so many women that don’t get a chance to speak in other industries that are not the film industry, the music industry.

“It’s important for us to stand up for them so they can get a chance to speak.”

Janney isn’t sure what dress she’ll wear, but she is certain it will be black.

“I think that will be really powerful,” she said. “I will be in a black dress and be proud to be standing there with the other actresses.”

Janney, a supporting actress nominee for I, Tonya, also stands with Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, Jennifer Aniston and hundreds of other Hollywood women who formed the Time’s Up coalition.

It was launched on Monday with an open letter vowing support for women in the entertainment business and beyond – janitors to health care workers.

The organisation, which dovetails with the Me Too movement, will include a legal defence fund and will advocate for legislation combating workplace harassment.

Time’s Up is also backing the call for women to wear black, in solidarity with those who have been sexually harassed, at the Golden Globes ceremony.

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Dozens of men have faced harassment and assault allegations in recent months, including film mogul Harvey Weinstein, journalist and broadcaster Charlie Rose and top actor Kevin Spacey.

“I’m bringing one of my best friends with me and she’ll be wearing black also,” said Ronan, a lead actress Globe nominee for Lady Bird.”

“The relationships between women are so strong when you have them and it’s about time that we get to experience that in our industry, too, you know?”