It's been a paradigm-shifting few months in Hollywood, with many women sharing their stories of sexual assault and harassment in the industry, and actress Rosario Dawson has posted a powerful video explaining how the public can support those who have come forward during the upcoming Golden Globes on Jan. 7.
"We wear black to symbolize solidarity, that the death knell has struck on abuse of power," she explained. "And that it's time to celebrate each other, not just the nominees on our film and television screens, but our storytellers who have bravely come forward and courageously shared their personal stories, which have liberated so many of us. Me too."
Dawson instructed those who want to stand in solidarity that they can participate by posting videos and pictures of themselves in all black during the 2018 Golden Globes ceremony.
Using #TIMESUP, Dawson referenced the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund, an organization supported by celebrities like Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, and Shonda Rhimes that offsets the cost of legal bills for those who file sexual assault lawsuits.
As People reported, many actresses are wearing all black to the award show, and several prominent actors are planning to join in solidarity. Rose McGowan has been critical of the "silent protest," as she pointed out how silence allowed these systemic issues to propagate.
In the video, Dawson thanked McGowan, Gabrielle Union, Terry Crews, Salma Hayek, and many others who have come forward with stories of abuse in the film and television industries. Dawson had previously supported the #MeToo movement on Twitter.