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Connie Britton Defends Herself After Critics Call Her $380 ‘Poverty Is Sexist’ Sweater ‘Ironic’

by Caralynn Lippo
Caralynn is a writer, native New Yorker, TV enthusiast, and dog mom to Hobbes.

While most celebrities wear a formal suit or gown to red carpet events, Connie Britton opted for something a little different when she attended the 75th Golden Globe Awards this year.

The former Nashville star attended the ceremony on January 7, 2018. Like many other actors who attended, Connie chose to wear all-black to participate in the Time’s Up movement, a campaign to end sexual harassment and violence against women and to support survivors.

But while the other Time’s Up participants wore gowns or suits, Connie wore a sweater that read “Poverty is sexist” in cursive font, paired with a black skirt.

According to People, the embroidered statement sweater is from the brand Lingua Franca and promotes U2 frontman Bono’s One campaign, an organization acting to end extreme poverty in places such as Africa. Ahead of the Golden Globes, Connie shared a few photos of her outfit on Instagram, explaining why she chose to wear her sweater.

“My hope is that this movement will now reach the grass roots, the small towns, the villages near and far, where women have been silenced, without resources, in the face of gender disparity,” she wrote in her caption. “We are all stronger when we work together with respect and understanding. Strong women equal strong families, economies, and communities. Everywhere. So let’s get this show on the road.”

Unfortunately, not everyone loved Connie’s statement. Some users took to Twitter to point out the irony of the fact that the “Poverty is sexist” sweater reportedly retails for about $380 — well beyond what someone in poverty could afford to spend on a single piece of clothing.

“So I wanted to purchase [Connie Britton’s] ‘poverty is sexist’ Golden Globes sweater, but when I looked it up, it costs $380…. is it just me or does that seem ironic?” one person tweeted. Another accused Connie of just being “trendy” by wearing the sweater and not really caring about impoverished families.

When Connie caught wind of the backlash, she decided to defend her fashion choice and explained that a portion of the proceeds from the sweater sales goes toward a charitable cause.

Check out the video below to see how Connie responded, and don’t forget to SHARE this story with your friends and family on Facebook!

Photo: Entertainment Tonight

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