What was the occasion?
Actors gathered for the 69th annual Emmy Awards Sunday, celebrating the best in primetime television programming throughout the last year.
Why the blue ribbon?
Some actors and actresses were sporting a bright blue ribbon to represent their support for the American Civil Liberties Union, an organization known for its support of illegal immigrants and special interest groups, such as the LGBT community.
The ACLU has targeted President Donald Trump recently in its fundraising efforts, fighting against the recent motion to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
"President Trump's war on equality is already taking a terrible toll," the ACLU claimed on its fundraising website. "Help us respond when Trump or his administration trample on people’s constitutional rights."
Who was wearing one?
Padma Lakshmi, host of "Top Chef"
Kumail Nanjiani, actor, "Silicon Valley"
Several Emmy nominees themselves even added the political statement to their wardrobe, including:
Kathryn Hahn, nominee for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, "Transparent"
Judith Light, nominee for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, "Transparent"
Elizabeth Moss, winner of Best Actress in a Drama, "The Handmaid's Tale"
Mandy Patinkin, nominee for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama, "Homeland"
Matt Walsh, nominee for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy, "Veep"
Riz Ahmed, winner of Best Actor in a Limited Series, "The Night Of"
This writer's perspective
It is troubling, to say the least, that during a time when our nation is facing many nonpartisan issues and when hundreds of thousands of Americans have been devastated by hurricanes that have left many without homes, Hollywood elites would rather devote their attention to a cause that targets the president and protects those who are here illegally. Imagine if those who considered themselves "humanitarians" actually sought to help the many Americans who lost their livelihoods in the recent floods instead of scoring political points with their rich pals.
(H/T: Page Six)