Actress Connie Britton proved that one sweater can be worth more than its weight in irony.
On Jan. 7, the star of CMT's "Nashville" and the new Fox series "9-1-1" showed up at the 75th Golden Globe Awards wearing a black long-sleeved sweater emblazoned with the message "poverty is sexist" written in white cursive script.
When it was discovered that the socially conscious article of clothing retails for nearly $400, social media users quickly seized on the apparent hypocrisy by what was seen by many as yet another out-of-touch Hollywood celebrity trying to lend visibility to a social cause--and getting a completely different reaction, according to IJR.
While the big news may have been media mogul Oprah Winfrey's inspirational and moving acceptance speech as the first black woman to receive the Cecille B. DeMille Award, others found much to say about Britton's wardrobe choice on a night when black was the color of solidarity for the #metoo movement, inspired by the harassment allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein that swept into national consciousness during 2017.
"Nothing says you're in touch with the people you're preaching to like wearing a sweatshirt saying 'Poverty is Sexist' that costs $380," one viewer tweeted.
Another captioned an image of Britton at the awards show: "Imagine being so delusional that you think poverty is sexist, and wearing this outfit to the #GoldenGlobes."
The statement on the sweater refers to U2 singer Bono's ONE Campaign movement, #PovertyIsSexist, which focuses on gender disparities in economically disadvantaged communities. This provides the irony of the garment's price tag and the unintended jabs at Hollywood elitism.
According to E News, the sweater comes from the Lingua Franca label, with similar pieces selling for $380.
Twitter users struggled to make sense of the slogan, with one user commenting, "Apparently, someone decided this was an appropriate slogan for a campaign aimed at improving girls' access to education. You've got to be joking."
Before the awards show, Britton told Too Fab in an interview, "My hope with this movement ... is that we get to the next level, that we're reaching out to the grassroots and we're really reaching out to women all over who have been impacted by these situations and by sexual harassment and lack of gender parity."
Britton has been working in film and TV since 1995, when she made her debut both on the big screen in "The Brothers McMullen" as well as on TV in Ellen DeGeneres' sitcom, "Ellen."