A history of political statements on the red carpet

Oscar-winning director Travon Free makes statement about police brutality on the 2021 red carpet

Stars Insider

26/04/21 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Red carpet fashion

Fashion is one of the realms over which celebrities are prominent figures, so it makes sense that many stars are using their red carpet platform to draw attention to things they really care about. It’s the place where seemingly simple fashion rebellions can be statements at large, and small pins can speak volumes about social or political issues.

Director Travon Free, who along with co-director Martin Desmond Roe won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short with their film 'Two Distant Strangers,' is one such star getting the most out of the red carpet. He showed up to the event in a black Dolce & Gabbana suit with yellow lapels, lined inside with the names of some of those killed by police brutality in the US. His Nike Air sneakers were also stamped with names, including George Floyd’s.

In Free's acceptance speech later that night, he elaborated: "Today the police will kill three people. And tomorrow the police will kill three people. And the day after that, the police will kill three people because on average the police in America every day kill three people, which amounts to about a thousand people a year. And those people happen to disproportionately be Black people." His 32-minute film 'Two Distant Strangers' was recently acquired by Netflix and is a must-watch commentary on racial injustice and police brutality. 

From donning tailored suits to going barefoot, check out which celebrities dared to challenge the status quo, and why. 

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