Celebrities wear orange pins for gun control at event protected by 900 police officers


Hollywood celebrities wore orange pins on Oscar night to show support for gun control legislation. Of course, for their own security, they had more than 500 officers on hand to provide security for the 90th Academy Awards.

A-listers from Tom Hanks to George Clooney have donated to a “March for Our Lives” against gun control set to take place later this month in Washington, D.C., and stars like Oprah Winfrey have committed to attending the march in solidarity with students from the Parkland, Florida, high school that suffered a mass shooting in February.

Everytown, founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is a celebrity magnet — even if it isn’t exactly a reliable source for accurate statistics about gun violence. Emma Stone and Julianne Moore have appeared in their PSA, and Kim Kardashian regularly re-tweets their suspect claims (they claim Kardashian is an unpaid spokesperson, but Kardashian has said, previously, that she doesn’t tweet for anyone who pays her less than five figures).

The display, of course, isn’t without its own irony. Celebrities, particularly those on the A-list, wouldn’t be walking the red carpet absent the presence of armed LAPD officers and their own (likely also armed) security details. According to Variety magazine:

“More than 500 officers will be on hand, many of them working overtime, to ensure the safety of the 90th Academy Awards, along with firefighters, police helicopters and agents from the FBI. Private security guards from Security Industry Specialists will work the inside of the theater.”