The red carpet at this year’s Golden Globes was amass with black gowns and tuxedos as actors and actresses united to protest sexual misconduct in Hollywood in light of the Time’s Up campaign.
While the likes of Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon, Justin Timberlake and many more donned their best all-black ensembles, some attendees shunned the protest entirely by wearing brightly-coloured dresses.
Whether they received the memo or not, those who failed to turn up in their best all-black-everything look have been widely criticised online.
Blanca Blanco was one of the attendees who did not conform to the implicit “dress code” and instead turned up in a slashed scarlett gown by Atria.
Social media users were quick to accuse the 36-year-old of purposefully rejecting the Time’s Up movement by donning an outfit that some deemed inappropriate.
“Blanca Blanco doesn't necessarily have to conform to the #WhyWeWearBlack dress code, yet to show up in a gown that's not only bright red but extremely skimpy seems like a crass f*** you to the whole movement,” wrote one social media user.
Other guests to defy the sartorial blackout included German model Barbara Meier, actress Zenobia Shroff and president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Meher Tatna, who also donned a red outfit.
While many complained that failing to comply with the #WhyWeWearBlack movement indicated a lack of support to victims of sexual harassment, others were quick to point out the hypocrisy of criticising women for their outfit choices.
“How hypocritical of people to criticise Blanca Blanco for wearing a dress that they say supports ‘sexual misconduct’. I thought it doesn't matter what you wear?? If you're going to believe in something, believe it at all times, not when it's convenient for you,” wrote one user.
Writing in a tweet to Blanco, another added: “Women who are shaming you and questioning your integrity based on the colour of your dress and the style are part of the problem. We should support one another.”
In response to the vitriol, Blanco proceeded to share her support for the Time’s Up campaign, writing in a tweet: “The issue is bigger than my dress color #TIMESUP “ before adding “shaming is part of the problem”.
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