Hollywood's pitiful 'black dress' protest isn't the answer to harassment culture - it's part of the problem

Kirsten Dunst at the 2016 Golden Globes Credit: PAUL BUCK

Protest, like nostalgia, isn’t what it used to be. A good old-fashioned protest used to involve burning bras and sit-ins and chants and placards and a thrilling edge of unpredictability. These days, we’re more likely to Tweet a hashtag and wear a slogan t-shirt proclaiming our right-on credentials on Instagram.

We’re entering an era of millennial protest-lite, where the most important thing is the selfie you take rather than the awareness you raise. In a digital age populated by self-styled “social media influencers”, it’s more important to be seen to be doing something rather than actually doing it.

The latest form of millennial protest-lite comes courtesy of the Golden Globes red carpet. According to recent reports, several big-name actresses including Emma Stone and Jessica Chastain are intending to wear black gowns to the event on Sunday.

In the past, red carpet protests have taken the...

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