Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Olivia Munn Defends Kate Middleton Amid Backlash Over BAFTAs Green Dress

Olivia Munn Defends Kate Middleton Amid Backlash Over BAFTAs Green Dress

"Duchess of Cambridge being abused by "feminists" on Twitter for not wearing a black dress at tonight's #BAFTAS", remarked British TV personality Piers Morgan.

The 71st British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) was a socially charged event, much like Golden Globe Awards, with celebrities turning up in black to lend their support to the Time's Up campaign.

To her credit, which did not go unrecognised by many, Kate wore the neck-plunging dress with a black sash underneath her bust accentuating her seven-month baby bump. The Duchess of Cambridge is now pregnant with her third child with the Duke of Cambridge.

Still, while Middleton may not have been dressed in head-to-toe black, she may have given a small nod to the movements with the black velvet ribbon on her gown.

The British royal family is usually not so active in taking political positions in public.

"I have a hard time believing that the Duchess of Cambridge doesn't stand beside us just because she was wearing green", she tweeted. The dress's dark hue was a happy medium between the two principles: It was deep enough that it didn't feel out of place in a sea of black, and it respected the monarchy's long-standing policy. Prior to the event, an unofficial letter requesting guests to wear an all-black ensemble was released.

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However, it was actresses Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lawrence who outshined others at the red carpet as they glamourised the black dress code. She accessorized with a black clutch and styled her hair in her signature blowout. The royal family is meant to be studiously politically neutral, so by choosing not to observe the Time's Up dress code, she kept her views to herself.

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"I'm sure the Duchess privately supports the Time's Up movement, and everything it stands for", says Hanson.

However, some viewers took to social media to criticize the 36-year-old duchess for not showing support for the women's movement.

It's royal protocol to avoid anything political.

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