At this year’s Golden Globes, celebrities actually wanted to be asked hard-hitting red carpet questions. To show their solidarity with women’s rights across industries, the Time’s Up movement requested that celebrities dress in black. And most did, a visual symbol that their attention was on the sexual harassment allegations and movement for change in Hollywood and that they were ready to open up on the red carpet. Unfortunately, the red carpet interviewers weren’t necessarily ready themselves — particularly when it came to speaking with Hollywood’s leading men.
As many are pointing out across social media, Ryan Seacrest and other red carpet reporters weren’t asking enough of men. Women in their striking black gowns were ready to talk politics, and plenty of men also signified their support with black tuxedo shirts and #TimesUp pins. As New Yorker critic Emily Nussbaum described it, “I know it would be awkward but I love awkward.”
I do wish they’d ask the guys about the Reckoning instead of the women. I know it would be awkward but I love awkward.
— Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) January 7, 2018
Others agreed that women shouldn’t be the only ones discussing changes in Hollywood.
How come E! is not asking the men in all black on the #GoldenGlobes red carpet why they are wearing black?
— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) January 8, 2018
hello @RyanSeacrest you have about 43 minutes to ask ANY ONE MAN ABOUT TIMES UP come on you can do it
— Jamie Feldman (@RealGirlProject) January 8, 2018
Ryan Seacrest seems so relieved every time he gets a guy and he can not have to ask about sexual harassment.
— Rachel Sklar ❄️ (@rachelsklar) January 8, 2018
Ryan Seacrest looks like he would rather die than talk about Tine's Up
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) January 8, 2018
So was Justin another man wearing a Time’s Up button not at all asked about it by Ryan Seacrest? This is a male-created problem; questioning should reflect that.
— Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) January 7, 2018
Others pointed out that celebrities’ publicists may have dictated who would and would not be open to more serious interviews ahead of time.
Or maybe it was just a pronunciation issue?
Ryan Seacrest can't say the word "solidarity" for some reason. like, it's very difficult for him #ERedCarpet
— Candice Frederick (@ReelTalker) January 8, 2018
Whatever the reasoning, it’s clear that men are both willing and ready to be a part of the conversation about gender inequality — we just have to start asking them. Fortunately for Ryan Seacrest, awards season is just beginning.
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