After the flood of the sexual harassment and assault allegations that rocked Hollywood in 2017, the 2018 Golden Globes has become a platform for social change, but E! managed to drop the ball in a major way on the red carpet by refusing to interview men about this important topic.
For instance, red carpet host Ryan Seacrest asked several high-profile actresses who brought social justice activists as their dates, including Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams, about the #MeToo movement being powerful and necessary, but did not pose those same poignant questions to the men who stepped in front of E! cameras.
Seacrest also interviewed James Franco for several minutes, but ignored the Time's Up pin he wore — the pins promote the Time's Up initiative, a sexual harassment prevention organization launched by an extensive group of powerful women in Hollywood, including Reese Witherspoon and Shonda Rhimes — and spent most of the interview asking questions about The Disaster Artist. Seacrest similarly failed to ask Justin Timberlake, Nick Jonas, and Jude Law about their Time's Up pins as well.
Later on, when speaking with Call Me By Your Name's Armie Hammer, Seacrest ended the interview by saying, "I see your Time's Up pin right there. Well done." But as BuzzFeed's Anne Helen Petersen pointed out on Twitter, an observation that someone is wearing the pin is not nearly the same thing as interviewing them about how to change the culture of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.
Viewers' annoyance with Seacrest's avoidance of asking male attendees about sexual harassment was further compounded by the fact that he was accused of misconduct by a former wardrobe stylist late last year, allegations he has since denied.
But it wasn't just Seacrest who ignored the topic when speaking with men. Seacrest's co-host Giuliana Rancic spoke with Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk about living in Chicago and asked him if fans ever come up to him and call him Saul. To compare, over on the NBC red carpet, Al Roker was seen asking actor Sam Rockwell about Time's Up, making it more obvious that E! was limiting discussing the topic with women only.