In the wake of sexual harassment scandals throughout the entertainment industry and beyond, Hollywood stars last night used the occasion of the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony — traditionally a fun-filled bash — to bash old ways of doing business. Actresses , and men wearing buttons reading “Time’s Up” were outspoken about the need to change disparities in representation, hiring and pay.
On “CBS This Morning” Monday, New York Times reporter and CBS News contributor Jodi Kantor said, “I woke up this morning and said, ‘Did I have a crazy dream last night in which the leading actresses of Hollywood effectively dismantled and challenged the traditions of the red carpet by saying we’re not here just to be pretty objects — we’re going to talk about substantive issues on the red carpet, and we’re going to use the red carpet, which was traditionally seen as pretty retrograde, to change the gender dynamics of Hollywood.'”
Discussing Seth Myers’ performance as host, New York Times culture reporter Melena Ryzik said, “I think he made the most of the anxiety because he addressed the elephant in the room — or the elephant not in the room, as he put it — right away, and he made some really cutting jokes. He mentioned; he got booed in the first few minutes of the show, and then he was able to go on and kind of be the awards host that we might have expected.
“Anybody who’s involved in the Oscars telecast was watching that closely, and they probably breathed a sigh of relief afterwards.”
Kantor added, “The Oscars truly are the leading part of the film industry. So I bet those organizers are having some pretty interesting conversations right now.”
She noted that the absence of Weinstein, the former Miramax and Weinstein Company executive who was perennially front-and-center during awards season, was palpable. “He was one of the architects of the award show circuit as we know it, which is part of what made last night powerful,” Kantor said. “On the one hand, he kind of hovered in the room, but on the other hand people really didn’t talk about him that much. There was a very strong push on looking forward, looking to the future, doing better.”
The evening’s over-arching theme of combating gender disparity and sexual harassment stretched beyond the entertainment world. “Part of what was notable is the way they were trying to expand it to other industries. They were saying, ‘This is not just about us; this is about the common…