If you thought the Time’s Up movement would slow down after the Golden Globes, you were wrong. The women of the Grammy Awards have their own plans to participate in the movement that’s shedding light on systemic abuse and harassment in the entertainment industry, which has been tolerated for far, far too long.
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Music industry execs Meg Harkins and Karen Rait have taken the lead on the demonstration planned for this Sunday’s Grammys. Instead of wearing black like #TimesUp supporters did at the Golden Globes, this time, supporters will be wearing white roses. Stars Kelly Clarkson, Halsey, Cyndi Lauper and Rita Ora already plan to participate.
“It is an important conversation politically in our country and it’s also a conversation we need to have internally with our artists and our companies,” Harkins told Billboard magazine. “We need to say if anyone is feeling like they’re being discriminated against and they don’t feel safe in their workplace, they have people who will support them.”
Rait added, “Music artists have a lot of impact. So it’s only fitting that music’s biggest night show the support for equality and safety in the workplace and that people need to be cognizant of their fellow employees.”
This promises to be another powerful act of solidarity on the heels of the Golden Globes and a massive fundraising effort. Meryl Streep, Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon and Shonda Rhimes have all donated more than $500,000 each. Taylor Swift donated $100,000, and Ellen Pompeo donated $50,000. The Time’s Up GoFundMe page has raised more than $19 million.
The Grammys will be broadcast this Sunday on CBS, and we can’t wait to see how women use this platform to continue to spread the message.