At the 2018 Golden Globes, black was the official uniform. With accusations of sexual assault and other predatory behaviors rocking the industry over the last few months and the #MeToo movement coming into the mainstream, Hollywood’s leading ladies encouraged everyone to wear black to stand up to sexual harassment as part of the Time’s Up campaign. As a result, the red carpet was filled with black dresses and suits – with the exception of Blanca Blanco, who opted to wear a red Atria Couture gown, and a handful of others. Her choice has sparked controversy, with people unnecessarily shaming her for both the style and color on Twitter, while others defended her.
Many celebrities last night wore black to stand in solidarity for something of great importance. A few celebs didn’t wear black, including Blanca Blanco, and she is now being shamed and criticized. A woman made a free choice to do what she wanted to do and she’s being crucified.
— LEGION (@TheRobDyke) January 9, 2018
If you’re concerned about Blanca Blanco’s red dress then you really need to check your priorities about this whole Time’s Up movement …
— Erica (@EricaRudy) January 9, 2018
Blanca Blanco shouldnt get invited to the next golden globes
— wannitho (@chulititas) January 9, 2018
I don’t blame Blanca Blanco at ALL for wearing that red dress. Like my last RT said, those same people turning up in black are working with Woody Allen, support Roman Polanski and aren’t even really bout the movement. So to hell with that stupid fucking black dress code. pic.twitter.com/RIkfoKljbr
— j (@6ixtoxins) January 8, 2018
When women are rightfully demanding respect, is that dress really appropriate, colour aside? BTW who's Blanca Blanco? #GoldenGlobes2018
— Alex James (@boltoniangirl) January 9, 2018
On Monday, she defended herself, stating that sexual harassment is a bigger issue than the color of her dress.
The issue is bigger than my dress color #TIMESUP
— Blanca Blanco (@blancablanco) January 8, 2018
She also elaborated in an interview with Fox News that she does stand with the Time’s Up campaign. “I love red,” she told Fox News. “Wearing red does not mean I am against the movement. I applaud and stand by the courageous actresses that continue to break the cycle of abuse through their actions and fashion style choices. It is one of many factors leading women to a safer place because of their status. I am excited about the #TimesUp movement; true change is long overdue.”
She added that the reactions hurt her feelings, and that “shaming is part of the problem.”