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If you noticed Hollywood stars wearing red pins at the Oscars this is what it means

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At the 2024 Oscars, a noteworthy detail caught the attention of many as celebrities graced the red carpet in their glamorous attire.

Among the high-profile attendees, singer Billie Eilish, her brother and producer Finneas, actors Mark Ruffalo, Ava DuVernay, Ramy Youssef, Quannah Chasinghorse, and Mahershala Ali were spotted wearing a distinctive pin on their outfits.

This circular red pin, adorned with a small black heart cradled by the outline of a hand, sparked curiosity among onlookers, given that these celebrities are not known to have collaborated on any project together.

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The purpose behind this fashion statement was revealed to be a show of solidarity for the Artists4Ceasefire campaign, advocating for a ceasefire in the ongoing conflict in Gaza. The conflict, which has escalated since its commencement on October 7, has resulted in over 30,000 casualties, with a significant portion being children, reflecting the demographic reality of Gaza where almost half of the population is under 18 years old.

As the violence enters its sixth month, the call for peace has intensified, drawing support from various quarters, including Hollywood. The campaign, which has garnered the endorsement of over 400 celebrities, aims to pressure U.S. leadership, specifically President Joe Biden and Congress, to advocate for an immediate cessation of hostilities between Israel and Gaza.

The presence of these pins at the Oscars, however, highlighted a stark contrast to previous movements such as Time’s Up in 2018, which saw widespread participation from celebrities. At this year’s Oscars, only a select few opted to don the ceasefire pins, a trend also observed at the Grammy Awards earlier in the year where only Boygenius and Annie Lennox sported them, with Lennox also vocalizing a plea for peace during the event.

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Additionally, actors Milo Machado-Graner and Swann Arlaud, stars of “Anatomy of a Fall,” chose to wear pins of the Palestinian flag, signaling their stance on the issue.

Ramy Youssef, in a candid interview, expressed frustration over the protracted nature of the conflict and the sluggish progress toward a ceasefire. His comments underscore the urgency and collective desire among the supporters of Artists4Ceasefire for a swift resolution to the crisis.

The decision by these artists to wear the pins at one of Hollywood’s most visible events of the year sends a powerful message of advocacy for peace and draws attention to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, inviting others to join in the call for action.