If you saw this year’s GQ Men Of The Year awards, you may have noticed a few familiar faces wearing white ribbons. This was for a very important reason.
In October 2017, Rose McGowan filed a lawsuit against movie mogul, Harvey Weinstein for sexual abuse. She has since then become the figurehead of the #MeToo movement, empowering women to come forward, and speak out about their experiences of male violence and sexual harassment.
In this year’s GQ Men Of The Year awards, Rose McGowan received the Inspiration Award. To mark the importance of this, GQ Magazine worked with us to make the symbol of the white ribbon a part of the event. Each guest was provided a ribbon as part of the table settings, with a small card detailing why it is important that people, particularly men, wear a white ribbon.
Many of the guests wore their ribbons, and it was clear that the message was understood. The majority of guests wearing them were men, including Paul Weller, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ronan Keating and Tom Bateman. This sent a clear message to other men to take responsibility in ending male violence against women. As Rose McGowan said early on in the court proceedings last year:
"Women fight on…and to the men out there, stand up. We need you as allies”.