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Sunday, 18 February 2018

BAFTAS 2018 & The Times Up Movement

In 2015 & 2016 I wrote posts about the BAFTAS fashion, something I intended to do in 2017 but was unfortunately ill. 

I feel in an awkward position as this year the BAFTAS red carpet is full of nominees and attendees supporting the Times Up Movement. To show their support they are wearing black and / or wearing pins that were created for the movement. There have been many award shows this year (mainly in the US) that have done the same thing, the BAFTAS is the first UK Red Carpet to reflect this movement. 

Tonight as I write and edit this post I am getting breaking news headlines from apps on my phone because the Duchess of Cambridge has "defied" the dress code. Hopefully I explain this in the way I want it to come across but who the hell are these reporters to say she has "defied" the dress code and why make sarcastic remarks because she "at least has a black ribbon" - Looking at you Daily Mail. I have seen many fashion pieces of black and another colour over all red carpet events so far this year, where people have shown their support. Why is it that you go ahead and single out a woman, who can be seen as a controversial person to discuss (the whether you're a royalist or not debate) when the movement is the topic of the discussion.

I decided not to do any fashion posts from this years red carpets as I don't feel it's my place to belittle the movement by picking at the fashion. I like writing posts about red carpet fashion as it's really the only time you see formal wear and I love the elegance of it. I have my opinions like everyone else and if you've read previous posts, I don't single out female over male fashions and I make comments more about my opinion on materials used, colour choices and whether I think the cut suits them. Fashion posts are too caught up in the hot or not lists and that shouldn't even be thought about let alone discussed in this situation. 

I think everyone knows what has been happening and there are those that can explain it in a lot more detail but in a nutshell the Times Up movement is against sexual harassment, founded on the 1st January 2018 as a response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal and #MeToo Movement. Accusations came to light that over many decades Harvey Weinstein and many other men in the entertainment business have been using their position to sexually harass, victimise and in some cases sexual abuse women. Starting as the #MeToo hashtag, created by Tarana Burke as a way to empower women through empathy, it's encouraged a whole movement to not only raise awareness and empathise but to change policies and laws, create safer environments in reporting incidents, challenge social norms, change the "role" of men and has ultimately brought justice to many victims in particular to note the US Gymnastics team. 

I am a huge supporter of the Times Up Movement and it is upsetting that behind closed doors members of our society were still making allowances for this behaviour towards women. I am in awe of the strength these women have and as I've said I'm not going to sit here and write about who is fashionable and whose not when they are uniting against sexual harassment. 

As always, thanks for reading...

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