Last year it was ribbons, this year it’s orange pins.
Hollywood’s elite will politicize this year’s Oscars on Sunday when they show up to the red carpet adorned with “anti-gun violence” orange pins, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In actuality, the pins represent gun control advocacy.
What’s going on?
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Michael Bloomberg’s anti-Second Amendment organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, is distributing the pins to the Hollywood superstars.
The organization currently has the pins — which are small, orange American flag label pins — on sale on its website. They retail for about $15 for a set of three and are sold out as of Sunday afternoon.
“People all across the country are wearing orange to honor those who have been killed and to inspire action to end gun violence. Get your Wear Orange flag pins today,” the product description says.
And you can bet most top celebrities will be wearing the pin during the red carpet. Numerous A-list celebrities have spoken out about gun violence and in-favor of gun control following the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. Even stars like George Clooney and Oprah have donated large sums of money to the anti-gun student advocacy group “March for Our Lives.”
But, as the Daily Wire noted, the political statement isn’t without its irony. Variety magazine reported that more than 500 Los Angeles Police Department officers — with guns — will be on hand to protect the event and its stars on Sunday, in addition to FBI agents and countless private security guards inside the theatre where the event takes place.
What did the stars do last year?
Last year, celebrities wore blue ribbons in support of the American Civil Liberties Union, which at the time was locked into multiple legal battles over President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily halting people from multiple Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the U.S.