If this past year has shown us anything, its that if we see a common theme among the outfits at an award show, there is a powerful message behind it. Tonight, we are expected to see celebrities come out in force wearing an orange flag pin to protest against gun violence in the United States. The orange flag pins are part of a campaign by ‘Everytown’ to support the prevention of gun violence and advocate gun safety.
The gesture isn’t surprising as this past awards season stars have been using fashion as a way to make a bigger statement. The Golden Globes was dominated by stars wearing all-black ensembles to support survivors of sexual harassment, some actors were also spotted sporting the ‘#TimesUp’ pins to fight against sexual misconduct.
Since the recent devastating Parkland, Florida shooting that took place on February 14th, celebrities have been very vocal about their stance on gun control.
“The families in Parkland are suffering for no good reason. We send love, sympathy and prayers tonight and DEMAND that our “leaders” do SOMETHING to stop this tomorrow. How many have to suffer before we stop looking the other way?” Jimmy Kimmel wrote on Twitter the night of the Florida shooting. Kim Kardashian spoke out and said; “We owe it to our children and our teachers to keep them safe while at school. Prayers won’t do this: action will. Congress, please do your job and protect Americans from senseless gun violence.”
As well as using their platforms, several celebrities have supported the upcoming march held by survivors of the Parkland school shooting by donating to “March for our Lives”. Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg both followed in the footsteps of George and Amal Clooney by donating ¢500’000 to the cause.
“George and Amal, I couldn’t agree with you more. I am joining forces with you and will match your $500,000 donation to ‘March For Our Lives.’ These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard.” Oprah stated on Twitter.
By Tess O’Connor