The supposedly persecuted left-wing organizations of Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) were well represented on the red carpet at the Tony Awards on Sunday night.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), the 73rd annual Tony Awards became a forum for political advocacy every bit as much as a forum for celebrating Broadway’s accomplishments, complete with a rainbow flag floral arrangement on the red carpet.
“Tony Awards attendees were eager to embrace causes close to their hearts via ribbons and pins connected to a variety of causes and organizations,” reports THR. “Ashley Park was an early arrival on the red carpet, pairing a rainbow pride pin with her yellow silk strapless gown, while Bryan Cranston, Tony winner Rachel Chavkin and Brandon Uranowitz were among those who sported blue ACLU ribbons.”
Tony Award winners such Rachel Hauck and Todd Sickafoose proudly featured Planned Parenthood pins when accepting their awards. Sickafoose even told reporters backstage how his mother turned him on to abortion advocacy. “I’m wearing this Planned Parenthood pin for my mother, who taught me to boycott companies that don’t support women’s rights,” he said.