There was something distinctly funereal about the Golden Globes this year.
No, not 101-year-old Kirk Douglas being rolled onto the stage in a wheelchair. All the black. Everywhere you looked, women in black dresses, men in black tuxedoes — many with black shirts and black bow ties. The whole affair looked like a wake for Hollywood, which, on second thought, seems about right for the year Tinseltown just had.
But the red carpet was still red (how shameful! The color of strumpets!), and the stars just couldn't wait to jump on their (presumably black) soapboxes to decry everything about Hollywood (as they donned millions in jewels, dined on roasted sea bass and swilled champagne into the night in the lavish Beverly Hills Hotel).
Hosts on E! during the red-carpet pre-show said they weren't asking the standard question: "Who are you wearing?" Instead, they boasted, they were asking actresses "Why are you wearing black?" They knew the answer, of course, but they asked nonetheless. Every elite actress said they donned the color of mourning to celebrate the empowerment of women (duh).
But one extremely powerful woman found the whole exercise to be frivolous fakery.
Actress Rose McGowan — who started the whole movement against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein — was watching the affair. She saw a post on Twitter from fellow actress Asia Argento, one of the women to speak out against Weinstein. "No one should forget that you were the first one who broke the silence," Asia wrote. "Anyone who tries to diminish your work is a troll and an enemy of the movement. You gave me the courage to speak out. I am on your side until I die."
Said McGowan, "And not one of those fancy people wearing black to honor our rapes would have lifted a finger had it not been so."
"Hollywood fakery." Nailed it.
Some of the night's top stars are certainly guilty of that. Meryl Streep, who worked with Weinstein numerous times before dozens of women accused him of everything from inappropriate touching to rape, claims she didn't know a thing about the powerful producer's proclivity to abuse women.
And the star of the night, Oprah Winfrey, also worked several times with Weinstein. Pictures of her with the alleged sex abuser quickly made the rounds on the internet, like this one:
McGowan made headlines last month for criticizing actresses such as Meryl Streep for deciding to wear black in protest of sexual harassment. Before the glitzy party, McGowan took direct aim at Hollywood's most celebrated icon.
“Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest,” she tweeted. “YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy."
Come to think of it, forget Oprah in 2020. Maybe McGowan should make a run for the White House.