During the virtual Emmys 2020 telecast on Sunday night, plenty of celebrities demanded justice for Breonna Taylor and showed support for the Black Lives Matter movement with their style choices.
Two of the night’s biggest winners, Regina King and Uzo Aduba, both wore T-shirts that honored Taylor, the 26-year-old Kentucky EMT who was shot dead in her own bed by police executing a no-knock warrant on March 13.
While Taylor’s family will receive a $12 million settlement from the city of Louisville, none of the three officers involved in her death have been charged despite continued calls for justice.
King, who took home the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie award for her work on “Watchmen,” layered Phenomenal’s “Justice for Breonna Taylor” T-shirt ($45) under her hot pink Schiaparelli suit.
The tee, which reads “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” and also features a portrait of the EMT along with the words, “Say her name,” has also been worn by stars including Olivia Wilde, Amy Schumer, Jessica Alba and Niecy Nash, and all profits from the style benefit the Breonna Taylor Foundation.
And while accepting her statuette for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie for her performance in “Mrs. America,” Uzo Aduba wore a similar black T-shirt with Taylor’s name written across the front in gold.
Others stars repped the Black Lives Matter movement, with “Insecure” actress Yvonne Orji using her hairstyle to send a message.
Sterling K. Brown, one of the stars of “This Is Us” and a double nominee this year, wore a Black Lives Matter T-shirt beneath his sharp suit.
And Sandra Oh, nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for “Killing Eve,” donned a lavender hanbok-inspired Korelimited bomber jacket ($375) embroidered with the words, “Black lives are precious” in Korean — along with a matching face mask ($24). Created in collaboration with Oh and her stylist Elizabeth Saltzman, a part of the proceeds from the sale of the bombers will go towards Campaign Zero and Black Girls Code.
But the political style statements didn’t stop there. “Ozark” nominee Laura Linney sported a black Christian Siriano suit completely covered with the word, “Vote,” while Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae, Rachel Brosnahan and more will be donating their Emmys looks to RAD (Red Carpet Advocacy)’s charity auction.
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I’ve never been more proud of one beautiful winner and 17 losers in my life! Thank you @csiriano for my beautiful VOTE suit. Thank you Susan Reilly Lehane and Anne Marie Bradley for cleaning me up! Happy Emmy’s everybody! #ozark #christianSiriano @susanreillyLehane @annemariebradley #juliagarner #emmys2020 @netflix
All proceeds from the event, which will run from Sept. 23 through Oct. 2, will go to When We All Vote to help increase voter turnout in the upcoming presidential election.
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