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Why celebrities wore blue ribbons at the 2023 Oscars

On the occasion of the Oscars 2023all eyes were on Hollywood as the entertainment industry gathered to celebrate the film year and stars took advantage of this international platform to draw attention to a very important issue.

Some celebrities have worn blue ribbons pinned around their necks with the hashtag “#WithRefugees.” The accessory, created in collaboration with the United Nations Refugee Agency Coalition, is meant to be a “symbol of compassion and solidarity” with refugees, displaced people and those who have been forced to flee their homes due to wars, conflicts and persecutions. According to website of the agency, “members of the association show practical ways to support refugees, especially with regard to education, housing and employment. With its diverse membership, the association helps to amplify a global message of tolerance and inclusion.”

Diane Warren attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. By Mike Coppola/Getty Images.

The Oscars weren’t the first show these tapes made an appearance in. The public awareness initiative was first launched at the BAFTAs with stars such as Angela Bassett, Cate Blanchett, Collin Farrell, Paul Mescal, Sophie Turner And Michelle Yeoh. Last month, Jamie Lee Curtis commented on her decision to wear one of the ribbons at the awards ceremony: “My friend Cate Blanchett is asking people to remind us all that there are terrible refugee crises going on all over the world, everywhere and at the same time, and that we have to do our part.”

Blanchett is a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Refugee Agency Coalition alongside Gugu Mbatha-Raw and the Syrian swimmer Yusra Mardini. The debut of these tapes comes shortly after deadly earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria, killing more than 44,000 people and displacing many. UNHCR says there are currently more than 103 million displaced people worldwide. In a statement released by the coalition at the time, Mardini wrote: “It is truly amazing to see so many artists wearing a blue ribbon tonight in solidarity with refugees and displaced people around the world. My people – and many others – are suffering. They need our support. We all need peace.”

Source: Vanity Fair

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