This year’s Academy Award Ceremony started a few minutes later and the reason for that were the pro testers who stood in the streets surrounding the Dolby Theatre calling for a cease-fire in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. The true meaning of the red pins is down below(CONTINUE READING BELOW):

But it wasn’t only the pro testers who advocated against the fire and the war. In fact, several attendees, among which singer Billie Eilish and her brother, producer Finneas, actors Mark Ruffalo, Ava DuVernay, Ramy Youssef and Quannah Chasinghorse were all wearing a pin on their outfits that left a lot of people questioning its purpose. Actor Mahershala Ali, who didn’t walk the red carpet but took the stage to introduce this year’s nominees for the Best Supporting Actor award, was also seen wearing the pin. What confused many was the fact that all these celebrities who had the same pin on them didn’t work on same projects so it was obvious it didn’t have to do anything with the films they were either nominated or worked on. The red pin, which was a circular one, featured a small black heart with the outline of a hand around it.

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It was later revealed that the celebrities wore these pins to support the call for a ceasefire in Israel’s conflict on Gaza and connoted their solidarity with Artists4Ceasefire, a group of nearly 400 entertainment industry workers who signed an open letter urging Presiden to call for a ceasefire in the ongoing conflict.

Earlier this year, at the Grammy Awards, only Boygenius and Annie Lennox were seen wearing the same pins, with Lennox notably pleading for a ceasefire on stage. The stars of Anatomy of a Fall, actors Milo Machado-Graner and Swann Arlaud, could be seen wearing pins of the Palestinian flag on the red carpet.

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Ramy Youssef, who co-starred with Emma Stone and Mark Ruffalo in Poor Things, spoke of the lack of momentum in the call for a ceasefire and subsequent end of the conflict against Gaza. “There’s no other route,” Youssef said in an interview. “It’s taking so long… That’s what we’re all encouraging everyone to be vocal about.” Other celebrities who signed on the Artists4Ceasefire letter are Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Cate Blanchett, Bradley Cooper, Lupita Nyong’o, Drake, and America Ferrera. “The pin symbolizes collective support for an immediate and permanent ceasefire, the release of all of the hostages and for the urgent delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza,” Artists4Ceasefire wrote in a press release. “Beyond our pain and mourning for all of the people there and their loved ones around the world we are motivated by an unbending will to stand for our common humanity. We stand for freedom, justice, dignity and peace for all people—and a deep desire to stop more bloodshed.” Please SHARE this article with your family and friends on Facebook.

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