All The Political Statements From The 2018 Emmys Red Carpet

From Jenifer Lewis' support of Nike to Tiffany Haddish's nod to her father, the stars made their views known.

Glitzy Hollywood award ceremonies are no stranger to politics, and this year, there's a lot of politics to make a big statement about when you've got the world's attention.

The Emmys 2018 Red Carpet was full of political statements -- some obvious, and some a little less so.


Black-ish star Jenifer Lewis wore a custom Nike jumper, pants and kicks to thank the brand for supporting unsigned NFL star and racial equality campaigner Colin Kaepernick.

"I am wearing Nike to applaud then for supporting Colin Kaepernick and his protest against racial injustice and police brutality," she told Variety.

Nike revealed Kaepernick as the star of its new campaign two weeks ago, throwing its support behind activist.

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"I was swimming the other day, and I was like, what can I do that's meaningful?" Lewis told Variety of her decision, thanking Kaepernick for "being brave" and "taking a knee".

"I'll wear Nike. I'll wear Nike to say thank you. Thank you for leading the resistance. We need more corporate America to stand up. These are not dark times, these are awakening times, and we all have to wake up."

Jennifer Lewis in full support of Nike and Colin Kaepernick. Photo: Getty.

The wife of GLOW director Jesse Peretz also went political. Sarah Sophie Flicker, an activist and creative director, attended the Emmys with "STOP KAVANAUGH" written in black marker on her arm, along with the phone number for the US Senate.

It's a reference to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is accused of sexual assaulting a university professor while they were both in high school.

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"For the Senate Judiciary Committee to move forward with a vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh this week, without pausing for a thorough investigation of the allegations of sexual violence, would be a gross injustice and an insult to women," she wrote on Instagram.

"Stop the vote."


Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi made a statement about environmentalism and fast fashion, choosing to wear a red J. Mendel dress she'd previously worn at the Vogue India Women of the Year Awards in Mumbai.

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“I’m excited to wear this beautiful J. Mendel dress again,” she wrote on Instagram.

“I think in this day and age we should stop sending the message to young women and girls that we all have these endless closets of clothes we never wear more than once, especially on a red carpet.

“The hours that it takes, the artisans’ labor and the gorgeous fabrics all deserve to be worn again and treasured. It seems wasteful not to enjoy these dresses.”


And Tiffany Haddish -- who pretty much invented the recycled dress thing, btw -- wore a rainbow Prabal Gurung dress inspired by the Eritrean flag, where her late father was from and where she visited earlier this year to meet her extended family.

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"It's custom, actually," she told E!. "I asked them to make a dress that represents my father's land."

It's a beautiful gesture, and one that has only very slightly been overshadowed by its similarity to your childhood.

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