Any hip progressive kid on the Internet can tell you that enamel pins are the hottest new fashion trend right now, and you’re not cool unless you’re wearing about ten of them on a denim jacket. So it’s not much of a surprise that last night’s Academy Award ceremony was completely awash with politically subversive lapel decorations, like the blue ACLU ribbons so many attendees wore:
Or the Planned Parenthood pin Emma Stone had on when she accepted her Best Actress prize:
But Michael Shannon absolutely had the best pin of the night, and you probably didn’t even notice. See it there at the bottom of his lapel?
Luckily the Washington Post Lifestyle section noticed, and asked him all about it at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party later that evening:
Michael Shannon was wearing a pin on his lapel that said “NO!” Surely some liberal cause, alongside all those ACLU ribbons. What does it mean?
“It’s just ‘no,’” Shannon said.
No to everything?
“Yeah, just ‘no,’” he said, and at this point, after this night, it sounded like a winning platform.
Shannon might joke, but that pin actually is meant for a specific political purpose: it’s made by RefuseFascism.org, a New York-based organization that exists to fight the Trump/Pence agenda. You can pick up your very own pin on their BigCartel store.
But really, would we expect anything less from Michael Shannon? He is, after all, a style icon.