Sex Scandal Dominates Golden Globes
The Golden Globes was a sea of black on the red carpet Sunday night as women attending wore the color in solidarity with the advocacy group Time's Up, an ambitious, sprawling initiative to fight systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and in workplaces nationwide.
As the entertainment awards season gets under way, the Golden Globes could set the tone for other awards ceremonies, as it is the first major program since Hollywood was hit by its sexual harassment scandals this past year.
Host Seth Meyers got the evening started with a string of zingers about the scandal.
"Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen." he said.
"Happy new year Hollywood. It's 2018, marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn't," he added.
The host suggested Weinstein's next appearance at the Golden Globes would be "in 20 years", when he would be "the first person booed during the In Memoriam" segment.
In October, The New York Times first broke the Harvey Weinstein story about decades of alleged harassment and abuse at the hands of the Miramax founder. Allegations include rape. Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.
Following these claims and reports, Weinstein was fired from the company, banned from the Producer's Guild of America and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Israel Bars Members from 20 Activist Groups who Called for a Boycott of Israel
Israel is barring members of 20 global activist groups over their calls for a boycott of the Jewish state because of its Palestinian policies.
The 20 groups come from Chile, Europe, South Africa, and the United States. They include the Nobel Peace Prize winning Quaker activist group American Friends Service Committee.
"We have moved from defense to attack," Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said Sunday."The boycott organizations need to know that the state of Israel will act against them and will not allow them to enter its territory in order to harm its citizens."
An American Friends Service Committee official said the group "answered the call for divestment from apartheid in South Africa and we have done the same with the call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions from Palestinians who have faced decades of human rights violations."
It is unclear how Israeli authorities plan to keep such activists from entering the country if they have the proper passports and visas.
Sunday's announcement comes after Israel passed a law last year barring entry to any individual who calls for a boycott of Israel.