Actress Blanca Blanco didn't wear black to the Golden Globes — but shaming her is part of the problem

For more reasons than one, Sunday’s Golden Globes were a lot darker than usual. Many celebrities are participating in a “red carpet blackout” — a purposeful black fashion statement to raise awareness about sexual harassment and gender inequality. In the sea of black gowns and tuxedos, color stands out even more than usual. That means all eyes are on actress Blanca Blanco, who walked the red carpet in a red cut-out dress.

Responders on Twitter (and perhaps, eyes on the red carpet) are calling out Blanco for going against the all-black dress code. It may be a shock to see a spark of red among all the black formalwear, but Blanco may or may not be making an overt statement against the #TimesUp movement and its message of female solidarity. There are plenty of potential reasons: Blanco may have been living under a rock this week and didn’t hear about the black dress code, she might be simply not interested in making a political statement, or, yes, she may be standing up against the fight for gender equality.

Regardless of her reasoning, haters have been quick to pile-on Blanco on social media.

Blanco isn’t the only celeb to avoid the dress code. Kelvin Yu of Master and None and Zenobia Shroff from The Big Sick also stepped out in full color.

The #WhyWeWearBlack campaign may be powerful, but it seems likely that the creators wouldn’t stand by anyone trolling someone for choosing to wear a different color. Gender solidarity extends even to those you don’t agree with — and to those who break the dress code.

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