Red carpets at award shows are becoming an ideal opportunity for celebrities to express their societal and political views. Outfits and accessories that celebrities don visually and silently honor and protest the causes they believe in.
The most famous awards show dress-code of the decade might have just occured this year, when the Time’s Up movement coordinated the black-out dress code for the 2018 Golden Globes. The black dresses and tuxes showed support for the #timesup and #metoo movements, which protested against sexual harassment and abuse, especially in Hollywood’s industries.
Two months later, celebrities are back at it again at the Oscars. Many attendees strolled down the carpet with a bright orange American flag pinned to their chest. The brooch isn’t as straightforward as the Time’s Up pin—which is literally a clip that says TIME’S UP in black, bold letters—but serves its purpose perfectly. In the wake of the Parkland shooting, which has gotten its fair share of screen time on news outlets and media, the pins bring awareness to gun safety. Wearers’ participation shows their support of gun control and also bring forth conversation surrounding this important issue.
Of course, 2018 isn’t the start of silent protests on the red carpet. As early as the 1990s, stars wore red ribbons in support for the fight against AIDS. The 2016 Tonys brought forth the trend of silver ribbons to honor victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting. In 2017, blue ribbons from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) decorated outfits at the Oscars, emphasizing the importance of defending and protecting individual rights and liberties.
Hollywood stars have successfully turned spotlights onto issues and events in the past; let’s hope they continue to do so in the future.
– Deney Li