Why the HFPA President Wore Red to #WhyWeWearBlack Golden Globes

Most of Hollywood wore head-to-toe black for the 75th Golden Globes, but Meher Tatna went bright

Last Updated: January 7, 2018 @ 6:20 PM

Most of Hollywood wore head-to-toe black to the Golden Globes on Sunday, but Meher Tatna, the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, donned red.

Tatna wore a bright red ensemble to the red carpet and during her speech at the ceremony, although actresses at this year’s event pledged they would be wearing head-to-toe black to protest sexual assault, abuse and harassment in Hollywood, and to support those who have spoken out about these issues.

According to an individual with knowledge, “while the president [of the HFPA] stands with and supports Time’s Up, she wore the dress that she chose with her mother. As part of her Indian culture, it’s customary to wear a festive color during a celebration — in this case being the 75th anniversary.” According to S. Mitra Kalita, VP of Programming at CNN, Tatna “was born in India where this red IS our basic black.”

The decision to wear black comes after heavyweights like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, Louis C.K., Morgan Spurlock, and many more of have been accused of sexual misconduct.

Ryan Seacrest, Kelly Clarkson, Allison Janney, Finn Wolfhard, Rachel Brosnahan, Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams and more donned the color on the carpet. Well, pretty much everyone wore black, except for Tatna and actress Blanca Blanco, who donned a spiffy red dress as well.

Along with the black outfits, people were wearing pins created by Time’s Up, the coalition behind the statement of wearing all black. Around 300 women in the industry, including Reese Witherspoon, Gal Gadot and Shonda Rhimes, stood by the initiative. Kerry Washington told the Los Angeles Times that the alliance was discussing to boycott the Golden Globes but eventually decided against it to support the nominated peers. Then, the decision was made to wear all black.

“Wearing black is an opportunity to talk about all the other things that we’re doing,” Washington told the Times. “We’re saying that we are three-dimensional, fully realized human beings as women. We are participants in this entertainment industry, and we have something to say.”

Representatives for the HFPA and Tatna have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.