UMass Doctoral Candidate Rosa Clemente attends Golden Globes
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
On January 9, 2018, activist Rosa Clemente (who is pursuing her PhD at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Department of Afro American studies) appeared on Democracy Now! with fellow activist Saru Jayaraman. The two women discussed their experiences as guests of celebrities to Sunday night’s Golden Globes ceremony, where many Hollywood insiders took the opportunity to bring awareness to the #MeToo movement and Times Up Initiative, calling for gender and racial justice since the exposure of a number of prominent male players in Hollywood.
Eight actresses brought female activists as their guests to the awards show: Susan Sarandon brought Clemente, who, in addition to being a graduate student at UMass Amherst is a Puerto Rican media justice advocate and former Green Party vice-presidential nominee; Michelle Williams brought #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke; Meryl Streep walked the red carpet with Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance; Shailene Woodley was accompanied by Suquamish Tribe member Calina Lawrence; Emma Stone brought tennis champ and LGBT advocate Billie Jean King; and Amy Poehler’s guest was Saru Jayaraman, president of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United.
During her Democracy Now! appearance, Clemente credits Mónica Ramírez from the Farmworkers Alliance with activating and organizing women in Hollywood around these issues, saying she and others would not have been in attendance at the Golden Globes had it not been for Ramírez’s efforts. Celmente reflected on the energy of the evening, describing it as “very overpowering, in this sense, that every person in that room, that we know has access and power … and resources that can help us take these movements to another level, was very serious.”
Many in attendance, both men and women, wore black or donned pins emblazoned with the words “Times Up” in support of an initiative launched last week by 300 prominent female actresses, agents, writers, directors, and executives. In a full-page open letter published in the New York Times on January 1, 2018, the Times Up Initiative unveiled an anti-harassment action plan, including a legal defense fund, legislation against harassers and their companies, and a call for gender parity across industries, including the entertainment industry.