Stars Wore Pins On the Red Carpet to Show Support for Gun Control

Celebrities have been using their fashion to make political statements, and tonight isn’t any different.

Stars were expected to wear pins on the red carpet to show support for gun control, Hollywood Reporter reports. The pins were from Michael Bloomberg’s gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety.

According to Time Magazine, Everytown for Gun Safety is an organization that raises awareness about gun violence prevention.

“Tonight, actors and allies will #WearOrange pins and ribbons on the #Oscars red carpet to bring awareness to gun violence prevention in the wake of the Parkland school shooting,” Everytown for Gun Safety wrote on Twitter.

“These orange pins and ribbons are worn in honor of the 96 Americans who are killed every day by gun violence and the hundreds more who are wounded — and to demand action,” Everytown for Gun Safety told Fox News via email.

“They’re a reminder that there is more we all can and should do now to prevent future acts of gun violence,” the group added.

According to Fox News, the organization chose the color orange in memory of Hadiya Pendleton, an honor student shot and killed on a playground in Chicago.

“Soon after this tragedy, Hadiya’s childhood friends decided to commemorate her life by wearing orange,” Everytown said. “They chose the color because hunters wear orange in the woods to protect themselves and others.”

Several actors and filmmakers were on board with the movement, including actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, who donned an orange pin on the red carpet.

As E! News reported, numerous actors have become supporters of the organization, including Julianne Moore and Emma Stone, who voiced their support after the Las Vegas shooting.  Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd have all been featured in PSAs for the organization. Following the Parkland shooting, George and Amal Clooney, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg all donated $500,000 to the March for Our Lives, which will take place on March 24 in Washington D.C.

Everytown for Gun Safety said it was glad that stars were using their platforms to support their cause.

“Americans need gun safety measures enacted immediately to save lives,” the group said. “Everytown is deeply grateful to all members of the creative community who have been and are continuing to use their platforms to spotlight this uniquely American crisis and to honor those affected by gun violence.”