Olivia Munn Defends Kate Middleton Over BAFTAs Green Gown Controversy

Olivia Munn has come to the defense of Kate Middleton following the backlash she received for wearing green at this past Sunday’s BAFTA Awards ceremony.

As the year’s best films were honoured in London on Sunday, women in attendance made a statement about putting an end to sexual harassment by wearing black in a nod to the Time’s Up movement.

Amidst a sea of black gowns, one high-profile VIP in attendance bucked that trend: the Duchess of Cambridge, who turned up at the BAFTAs (alongside husband Prince William) wearing a dark green gown from one of her favourite designers, Jenny Packham.

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The move to wear black hearkens back to the Golden Globes in January, where women made a similar statement by wearing black in support of Time’s Up.

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Duchess Kate’s fashion choice led to a divide on Twitter, with some slamming her for her apparent non-support of Time’s Up, while others pointed out that Buckingham Palace protocol prohibits royals from making any political statements.

Royal expert, Katie Nicholl spoke out on the issue, telling TMZ that the Duchess was in a “no-win situation” with her wardrobe choice. She said that the dress was “likely pre-ordered months ago and custom made with her pregnancy in mind”, suggesting that Kate probably chose the dress before the #TimesUp movement started.

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Munn is the latest person to stick up for the Duchess’ fashion choice.

“The Times Up dress code suggestions should not be used to ostracize or control,” Munn tweeted on Monday. “What we stand for & what we fight for matters more than the color of our dress. I have a hard time believing that the Duchess of Cambridge doesn’t stand beside us just because she was wearing green.”

The 37-year-old actress has previously spoken out about sexual misconduct in relation to allegations against director Brett Ratner.

Check out this sampling of Twitter reaction to Kate’s gown courtesy of Twitter Moments:

 

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