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Best Actress Emma Stone Sends A Message At Oscars (Photos)

| by David Bonner

Hollywood stars showed up at the Feb. 26 Academy Awards presentation sporting political statements as part of their clothing.

Many wore Planned Parenthood pins and American Civil Liberties Union ribbons, reports the Daily Mail.

Emma Stone, who won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in the movie "La La Land," was among those who showed their support for Planned Parenthood, in opposition to President Donald Trump's anti-abortion stance.

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Supermodel Karlie Kloss showed her opposition to Trump's immigration policy by with her ACLU pin, despite the fact that she's dating Josh Kushner, the brother of Trump adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

It was Kloss' first public statement against Trump, although her boyfriend is known to have supported Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and participated in Women's March on Washington in January after his brother took the job with the Trump administration.

Best actress nominee Ruth Negga, "Hamilton" creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, and "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins also wore the blue ACLU ribbon.

The ribbons are part of the organization's "Stand With ACLU" campaign, which was launched in late February and urged Oscar nominees and celebrities in general to support the organization's opposition to Trump's immigration ban.

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Founded in 1920, the ACLU's stated mission is to "defend all people from government abuse and overreach." It calls itself "our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country."

Planned Parenthood has been around even longer, having been founded in 1916. According to the organization, it "delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide." But its status as the nation's leading abortion provider is what has made it one of the most controversial organizations in the country.

Anticipating celebrity opposition to Trump during the Academy Awards, some Trump supporters called for a boycott of the ceremony by refusing to watch the television broadcast, while accusing Hollywood stars of being "arrogant hypocrites."

There was at least one report of minor violence outside the Dolby Theatre where the Oscars were being presented, as two anti-Trump women and one pro-Trump woman physically clashed. The pro-Trump woman, who was wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat, got her sign broken during the scuffle, and the woman who broke the sign was arrested.

Sources: Daily Mail, ACLU, Planned Parenthood / Photo credit: Mark Kari/Wikimedia Commons

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