Meet The Indian Woman Who Didn't Wear Black To The Golden Globes

Tuesday, January 9 2018

Meet The Indian Woman Who Didn't Wear Black To The Golden Globes

facebook 370 SHARES Meher Tatna, the President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association(HFPA) which organises the Golden Globe awards, probably never thought that her choice of clothing would end up making headlines. But that is exactly what happened. This Sunday, pretty much all of Hollywood showed up to the award ceremony dressed in black. This was in light of the movement against sexual harassment that is currently happening in Hollywood, and seeping into other parts of the world as well. To protest and condemn the perpetrators, and to unite in support of women who spoke up against them, the women and men of Hollywood chose to wear black. However, Tatna, along with two other actresses, wore colour to the event. All hell broke loose hence.
Tatna, and the other women who didn’t stick to black outfits, got an insane amount of backlash for their decision. That’s not all. One daily even mistook her for Zenobia Shroff while calling her out, not bothering to check their own lack of interest in knowing the difference between two people of colour. The question that remains is was Meher Tatna wrong in not wearing black? Does she deserve to be called out? Allow us to explain why she isn’t.
Months before the Golden Globes, Meher sat with her mother to pick out her outfit for the event. To her mother, who was watching from Mumbai, wearing black wouldn’t have been the best thing, as many of the Indians reading this know. That is why, in her speech, she said: “My mom and I planned this together a couple of months ago, it is a cultural thing. When you have a celebration, you don’t wear black. So she would be appalled if I were to [have] worn black. And so this is for my mom.” Not only that, Meher proudly displayed her “Time’s Up” button, and expressed her support for the movement. Plus, anyone who has ever tried to convince an Indian mother to be cool about a black or white wedding outfit knows Tatna’s pain.
Jokes apart, the point here is also that a woman or man’s choice to protest in this manner, in the end, is a great show of solidarity. But how consequential is it in the end? The decision to wear black to the Golden Globes was slammed by Rose McGowan, the actress who pretty much spearheaded the movement, for being superficial and meaningless. Moreover, many of the actors and actresses present in that room actually gave a standing ovation to Kirk Douglas, a man accused of raping actress Natalie Wood. They were all wearing black while doing so. Should Meher Tatna then be demonised for being true to her culture? Is there no space for intersectionality in Hollywood’s homogenous “feminism?” Picture credits: BCCL, Twitter, Instagram