The safety pin is getting a lot of attention right now...from the writers of Star Wars: Rogue One to people in your Facebook feed. If you haven't seen it you're probably in the minority. So what's up with all the love for the pin?
To understand the rising popularity, you have to go back to the summer in England, to the heart of the Brexit vote. After the country surprisingly voted to leave the European Union, media outlets reported a rise in hate crimes and some people felt there was an increase in animosity towards minorities.
To show solidarity with these disenfranchised groups, people started wearing safety pins to, in effect, declare themselves a "safe place" and pledge to intervene if they see abuse.
Indy100 interviewed Allison, the American living in London who first suggested the idea back in July. She told them that she liked the simplicity of an empty safety pin because most people have one in their home and there's no language or political slogan involved.
“It’s just a little signal that shows people facing hate crimes that they’re not alone and their right to be in the U.K. is supported.”
~Allison in an interview with Indy100
Since the U.S. election, some people have put the idea to use here in the states after seeing a rise in attacks against homosexuals, Hispanics, African Americans and other groups being reported.
Now about those Star Wars guys: Two writers on the Rogue One film changed their Twitter profile pictures to this... the symbol for the rebel alliance with a safety pin.
Star Wars against hate. Spread it. pic.twitter.com/Dtf5uqpxba— Chris Weitz (@chrisweitz) November 11, 2016