On Sunday, actors and actresses headed to the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, to celebrate the best in American film and television at the Golden Globes.
As a show of solidarity with victims of sexual abuse and harassment, and as a stand against the wage disparity between men and women, many walked the red carpet dressed in black.
While fashion statements are a staple of the red carpet, so is E! News, and when one actress was interviewed by the network, she used her face time to further her cause.
“Will & Grace” star Debra Messing told Giuliana Rancic of E! News that she’s wearing black “to thank and honor all of the brave whistleblowers who came forward and shared their stories of harassment and assault and discrimination.”
“I’m wearing black to stand in solidarity with my sisters all over the globe, and I’m here to celebrate the rollout of this incredible initiative, Time’s Up,” she continued explaining to Rancic.
Messing added that it’s time for “diversity,” “intersectional gender parity” and “equal pay,” which prompted her to turn her focus to E! News itself. She said:
“I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts. I mean, I miss Catt Sadler, so we stand with her, and that’s something that can change tomorrow.”
While looking at Rancic directly, she explained that the actresses collectively want people to start having the conversation that “women are just as valuable as men.”
After more than a decade at the network, Sadler left her position at E! News when she learned her male co-host was making double her salary.