Oscars 2018: Orange badge on red carpet to raise awareness about gun violence

This year's award shows have been politically charged with various filmmakers and actors/ actresses standing for the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. But at this year's Oscars, the biggest night in Hollywood, will see attendees wearing orange pins on the red carpet.

The orange pins cost $15 for a pack of three (Source: Everytown)

According to People, many will be donning ‘Wear Orange to Prevent Gun Violence’ pins from the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety in an effort to raise awareness about gun safety.

The pins, which have just been re-stocked on Everytown’s website, cost $15 for a pack of three. The move comes two weeks after 17 students were killed in a school shooting in Parkland at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 

 There have been many protests after 17 students were killed in a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida (Source: Getty Images)

Following this incident which occurred on February 14, various celebrities donated to the “March for Our Lives” campaign calling for gun control. George and Amal Clooney were the first ones to put forward $500,000 in the name of their twins, a number matched by Oprah Winfrey, just a day after.

The Amercian flag badge in orange will be donned by celebs walking the red carpet at Oscars tonight but this will not be the first time where celebs have taken up the issue of gun violence.

Some celebrities wore orange on National Gun Violence Awareness Day last year, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lena Dunham, and Amy Schumer, who also spoke out against gun violence on social media. 

After the Las Vegas mass shooting in October, many stars including Julianne Moore and Emma Stone have appeared in an Everytown PSA to encourage people to reach out to their representatives about gun regulation laws.

This awards season has already seen various celebrities stage protests, attendees at the Golden Globes wearing all-black in support of Time’s Up.

The Time's Up movement will not be overshadowed since the stars are also planning to continue to raise awareness of Time’s Up by donning the organization’s black-and-white slogan pins as well, say sources.

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