Oscars politics started with blue ribbon fashion statement – The Mercury News
While watching stars parade down theÂ Academy Awards red carpet, we’re accustomed to seeing actressesÂ dripping diamonds off their ears or necks as their most notable fashion accessories.
But with tonight’s ceremony taking a political turn — with host Jimmy Kimmel already spiking jokes aboutÂ President Donald Trump, and presenters and winners finding waysÂ to expressÂ concern about his controversial policies — the most eye-catching fashion accessory turned out to be a simpleÂ blue ribbon that has potent political meaning.
It started withÂ “Loving” actress Ruth Negga, who turned heads on the red carpet less for her vibrant red Valentino dress but more for the blue ribbon affixed above her heart.
The ribbon represents the American Civil Liberties Unionâs new Stand with A.C.L.U. initiative, E news reported.
The organizationÂ most recently made headlines for its advocacy againstÂ the Trump administration’s order banning immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-dominated countries
Joining Negga in her blue ribbon advocacy were Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins and Sting.
Also donning a blue ribbon was supermodel Karlie Kloss, whose display comes with a certain irony. Her boyfriend since 2013 isÂ Joshua Kushner, the businessman brother of Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law (he’s married to Ivanka) and White House right-hand man. Joshua Kushner is a lifelong Democrat who reportedly did not support Trump and was even spotted spotted at the Women’s March in Washington D.C, according to Town and Country.Â
TheÂ Hollywood Reporter saidÂ the initiative, which launched last week, encourages stars to wear the ribbons on the red carpet to show solidarity with the ACLU, “which has worked for nearly 100 years to defend and protect individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and law of the U.S.â
Neggaâs stylist, Karla Welch, posted a photo ofÂ the actress onÂ Instagram with thisÂ caption accompanying the photo of the ribbon: âThe accessory Iâm most proud of.â
A post shared by Karla Welch (@karlawelchstylist) on Feb 26, 2017 at 2:46pm PST
And here are others donning the blue ribbon, including Kloss who arrived solo without her boyfriend.
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