Celebrities like Olivia Wilde and Patrick Stewart are showing off the safety pins they've pinned to their clothing for a reason that has nothing to do with missing buttons. The pins are meant to symbolize solidarity with people of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants, women and other groups who have been targeted or threatened by Donald Trump and/or his supporters.
Why safety pins tho? The symbol started in the UK, as a response to Brexit:
Of course, a number of celebrities jumped on board, like Sir Patrick Stewart:
West Wing actress Mary McCormack:
Grey's Anatomy actor T.R. Knight:
And Olivia Wilde, who seems like maybe she thought this was a competition. If it was, she clearly would have won:
But though the movement is well-intentioned, it hasn't been entirely welcomed by some of the people it is supposedly meant to support. Some opponents, many of them people of color, have pointed out the pins are a form of "slactivism" or an easy way to "alleviate white guilt" (you may have noticed all of the celebrities above are white):
Oh, and one woman took things entirely too far when she decided to try and build a safety pin empire on Etsy. She got massively schooled on Twitter:
These are all good points. But if safety pins are a not actually helping people, what will Olivia Wilde do with the Costco-sized vat of them she apparently bought? Does no one think of the celebrities' well-being in all of this??