#MeToo and #TIMESUP were the featured labels on the red carpet at the Golden Globes. In an organized statement against sexual harassment, celebrities such as Dakota Johnson, America Ferrera, and Kerry Washington rejected this year’s winter color palettes and wore black in solidarity with women across the nation. Much attention was given to this show of unity, but there was another political statement that was less obvious, but just as poignant.
No A-List Celebrities wore Marchesa.
Why does that matter? Because Marchesa is the fashion house of Harvey Weinstein’s estranged wife Georgina Chapman. As reported by The Daily Beast:
…it has increasingly appeared from many accounts that Marchesa was just one more vector used by Weinstein to assert control over the careers (and bodies) of women. It’s hard to believe that Chapman had no idea her husband had anything to do with the stars such as Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lopez and Renee Zellweger who showed up at her studio for fittings to wear her dresses on the red carpet.
“He was the mastermind behind Marchesa — orchestrating deals and using his influence in terms of the celebrity connections for her on behalf of the brand,” an L.A. fashion publicist told the Hollywood Reporter of Weinstein. “They both benefited from the relationship, but she certainly knew about his bad behavior.”
It would appear as though the #TIMESUP movement was taking as stand against Weinstein and everything associated with him. But nothing in La-La Land is what it seems.
In addition to boycotting Marchesa, Hollywood also seems to have boycotted the women that have accused him of assault. Actresses such as Rose McGowan and Asia Argento — who have both accused Weinstein of rape — were left off the guest list. They are among a number of accusers that were excluded from an award show that so clearly revolved around their bravery.
This odd hypocrisy and #TIMESUP’s focus on Marchesa brings to light another question: Why is Alyssa Milano, the celebrity face of the #MeToo and #TIMESUP movements still taking money from the Weinstein corporation?
Both Georgina Chapman and Alyssa Milano star in the hit tv show Project Runway All Stars. Far from cutting ties with Marchesa and Harvey Weinstein’s estranged wife, Milano has rallied in support of the fashion figurehead.
On Megyn Kelly Today, of all shows, Milano rallied around her co-star stating:
“Georgina is doing very well … she’s an amazing woman, and I think her priority right now is focusing on how to raise those two children to the best of her capacity given the situation,” Milano said. “She goes through very dark times. She’s very sad. This is not easy for her, but I have no doubt that not only will she come out on the other side of this, but she deserves to. She’s a good woman.”
A good woman that still directly benefits from the financial empire built on the backs and bodies of her estranged husband’s victims.
Rose McGowan responded by tweeting to Milano directly writing, “You make me want to vomit. You actually gave me a body flashback. Well done, fake one.” She is not the only one.
In addition to supporting Georgina Chapman in the media, Project Runway All Stars continues to run on the Lifetime network with Alyssa Milano as the host and Georgina Chapman as a judge. In an inexplicable slap in the face to the women she claims to stand in solidarity with, Milano is not only standing beside Weinstein’s partner, but she is promoting Chapman and Weinstein’s brand Marchesa weekly on national television.
And that’s not all.
The figurehead of #MeToo, and now #TIMESUP, is still on the Weinstein Company’s Payroll. While Alyssa Milano leads a social lynching of public and political figures in the name of women’s rights, she is simultaneously lining her pockets with money that sexual assault built.
Lifetime is complicit for running Project Runway All Stars and any other shows attached to the Weinstein Corporation. Project Runway All Stars should be boycotted with as much enthusiasm as color on the red carpet. And Alysa Milano should be held accountable for misleading not only millions of women, but millions of survivors. She should be held accountable for continuing to benefit from the Weinstein Corporation. And she should step down from leadership in the movement to protect women from rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. Her #TIMESUP.
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