Why Were Some Stars Wearing a Blue Ribbon to the Oscars?


Among all the glitz and glamour of fabulous gowns and out of this world jewelry at the Academy Awards last night, the spotlight went to an unexpected accessory: a simple blue ribbon with a big message.

Many celebrities accented their look with the little blue pin, showing their support for the American Civil Liberties Union, which protects individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the U.S. constitution. The organization has received tremendous support since President Trump’s immigration ban. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the non-profit group’s, “Stand with the ACLU” initiative has raised millions of dollars from online donations and  has doubled it’s membership in the past month.

“The support of the entertainment community for the A.C.L.U.’s work protecting our civil liberties has been nothing short of spectacular, and tonight is no exception,” said Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the A.C.L.U. in a statement to Vanity Fair. “Their voices are crucial in our fight to defend the Constitution and its promise of equality and justice for everyone in our country—no matter who they are and where they come from.”

The first star to arrive on the red carpet sporting the ribbon was Best Actress nominee, Ruth Negga. The pin held it’s own against the Loving star’s  gorgeous Valentino gown. Ruth’s stylist, Karla Welch, posted a pic on Instagram, calling the ribbon,  “the accessory I’m most proud of!” Take a look:


Several other starts donned the pin, including Karlie Kloss, Busy Philipps, and Best Orginal Song nominee, Lin-Manuel Miranda. The ACLU shouted out to Lin-Manuel in a tweet, saying, “Thanks, @Lin_Manuel, glad you gladly join the fight. And when our children tell our story, they’ll tell the story of tonight.”

As one star after another arrived wearing the pin, the ACLU tweeted: