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Oscars 2017: What’s With The Blue Ribbon

You may have noticed that some stars were sporting the blue ribbon on their dresses and suits during the Oscars 2017 on Sunday night. That is part of a very politically motivated movement that shows their solidarity with the American Civil Liberties Union. What would a Hollywood event be like these days without it being even slightly political?

Ever since President Donald Trump won the seat in November, celebrities have been speaking against his numerous anti-immigrant and racist policies. These intensified as he took office in January and started enforcing these laws. Hollywood is particularly aghast at the executive order banning refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.

Blue Ribbons Became Fashion Accessories At Oscars 2017

The latest purse or sky-high heels were not the fashion accessory of choice at the Oscars 2017. The blue ribbon pins, a symbol of the organization’s latest initiative, Stand with ACLU, took on the red carpet. Among those who wore them were Ruth Negga, Lin-Manuel Miranda and his mother, Luz Towns-Miranda, Karlie Kloss, director Barry Jenkins, and Busy Phillips.

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Screen cap from the Twitter page of Beth Rader

Negga, who was nominated for her role in Loving, wore the pin with her red, long-sleeve Valentino gown. She said that ACLU was a big part of their film, which was about an interracial loving couple who fought for their right to get married. The film also featured two ACLU lawyers “who change[d] the constitution of the United States for the better and I’m all for that.”

The ACLU the case of Mildred and Richard Loving, all the way to the US Supreme Court. Eventually, the court struck down on miscegenation laws—enforced segregation in intimate relationships—in 1967.

Miranda, who was nominated for best original song for Moana, went to the Oscars with his mother. He accessorized his San Marko Formals, the same place where he got his outfit for prom in 1998, with the blue pin. Miranda said ACLU is fighting “incredible fights right now for American ideals.”

Is Hollywood Getting Too Political?

Although many are praising Hollywood artists for using their voice against the oppression, not all are happy with them. On Twitter, Trump supporters are making fun of the Academy Awards for its Best Picture blooper. They said they were too focused on speaking against the President that they failed to conduct the Oscars perfectly.

To be fair, Oscars 2017 weren’t as political as we thought it would be. Host Jimmy Kimmel made a few remarks referencing to Trump, but that was all about it.

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