Tony Award attendees wear silver ribbons to honor Orlando victims

George C. Wolfe wears a silver ribbon on his lapel as he arrives at the Tony Awards.

Nominees and presenters are wearing silver ribbons in honor of Orlando and the largest mass shooting in U.S. History at the Tony Awards Sunday night. Veteran Broadway costume designer and six-time Tony winner William Ivey Long designed the ribbons that are being handed out by Tony staffers in solidarity with the victims of Sunday morning’s shooting.

“We wanted to open our arms and show love and that we understand,” Long said on the red carpet.

A few orange pins could also be seen on guests’ lapels for gun violence awareness, a reference to the National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2 and the call by activists to “Wear Orange.”.

Showrunners dedicated the night’s ceremony to the families and friends of the victims, saying “Our hearts are heavy for the unimaginable tragedy that happened last night in Orlando. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected. The Tony Awards dedicate tonight’s ceremony to them.”.

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