Scarlett Johansson Defends Why She Wore Marchesa To The Met Gala
As my friends and I gathered around after our morning meeting to check out the many eccentric looks from this year’s Met Gala, the gowns, suits, headpieces and accessories inspired by their “Heavenly Bodies” theme understandably blew us away. Among the dozens of unbelievable outfits, we decided that Blake Lively, Chadwick Boseman, Priyanka Chopra, Katy Perry, Cardi B, and of course, the winner, Rihanna, absolutely killed it.
One thing that kind of escaped us was why Scarlett Johansson’s considerably more subtle, burgundy Marchesa gown was garnering so much attention right off the bat. Turns out, the muted floral ombre look was not what was making waves; it was the Marchesa label.
For those who may not know, a prominent co-founder of the Marchesa brand is Georgina Chapman, known for being Harvey Weinstein’s now estranged ex-wife. Since dozens of women have come forward accusing him of sexual assault and misconduct over the past year, Marchesa has faded into the background noise and had to deal with the collateral damage these scandals have brought with it. Amongst the chaos, its Spring/Summer 2018 collection even fell victim to the scandals, as its release was pushed back and its show during NYFW was cancelled.
Despite being tied up in this scandal, the Time’s Up advocate defended her choice in wearing a Marchesa gown for this year’s Met Gala. In a statement, Johansson said,
“I wore Marchesa because their clothes make women feel confident and beautiful and it is my pleasure to support a brand created by two incredibly talented and important female designers.”
This brings me to the real question; when will women stop being the collateral damage of abusive men?
It worries me to see that the people like Weinstein, whose true colors are clear as day, can still ruin the business and reputation of people that are simply in his path of destruction. It speaks to a much larger issue on the part of women being blamed and being somehow accountable for the men that have wronged them. We’ve seen it with the critics of the women that have come forward in the #MeToo movement, constantly questioning their motives and challenging the “circumstances” of their experiences.
Can we just stop?
Women like Georgina Chapman, Stormy Daniels, Rose Mcgowan and so many others are not to blame for the unjust a unforgivable treatment of women in Hollywood. Calling out these men for their actions should not include subtext about what they were doing, what they were wearing, who they were married to, how much they were drinking, or literally anything else. It’s time to hold everyone to a much higher standard of how we treat each other and respect each other’s boundaries and needs.