The Golden Globes signaled an important step in Hollywood tackling its issues of sexual harassment and defending women, holds Frank Bruni of The New York Times. From a strong showing of solidarity by numerous women wearing black to a rousing speech from Oprah, the movie industry is facing its demons and supporting survivors. These gestures, while far from fixing the problem at hand, show a genuine desire to make things better. This particularly contrasts the government’s attitude, which has seemingly abdicated from its role as an upholder of equal rights. Hollywood is making strides in the right direction.
Hollywood used the Golden Globes to present itself in a good light while making little meaningful change in the fight to hold abusers accountable, believes Maureen Callahan of the New York Post. The crowd spoke for itself when it booed jokes about the abuses of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. This, combined with grand speeches about female empowerment, seemed to create an air of hypocrisy. Hollywood seems intent on presenting itself as changed and forward-thinking without having actually having fixed its issues of sexual harassment. In order for it to clean up its name, it will need to out all abusers and support their victims.