Jenifer Lewis sure knows how to make a statement. Instead of donning sparkly dresses and high heels like her peers, the Black-ish actress strutted down the 2018 Emmys red carpet in more comfortable attire. To show her support for former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, Lewis wore strictly Nike gear. Nike is facing backlash after announcing it made Kaepernick the face of its newest "Just do it" campaign. Many have threatened to boycott the brand for featuring the athlete, who is famous for kneeling for the National Anthem during NFL games in 2016 to protest police brutality.
Some social media users have documented themselves destroying their Nike gear. Others have burned their sneakers, and some are even cutting the logos out of their clothes and underwear. However, many celebrities and athletes have shown support for the campaign, including LeBron James, Serena Williams, Zendaya, Kathy Griffin, Chris Paul, and Chelsea Peretti. They've retweeted or reposted the ad and used accompanying hashtags like #ImWithKap, #JustDoIt, and #TeamNike.
At the 2018 Emmys, Lewis went all out to express her support. She sported a Nike sweater, Nike leggings, and Nike sneakers.
“I am wearing Nike to applaud them for supporting Colin Kaepernick and his protest against racial injustice and police brutality,” Lewis told Variety on the red carpet.
She went on to say she wore Nike as a way of showing her gratitude to the brand. "What can I do? What can I do that’s meaningful?" she said. 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 also."
"Thank you, Colin," she added. "Thank you for all that you do. Thank you for being brave. Thank you for taking a knee. Thank you."
No, Jenifer, we thank YOU... as do the stars below.
"#thankyou #colinkaepernick for #inspiring me to #be even #more #brave," she wrote, "#free #courage #standup #nike #togetherwerise #jeniferlewis #tsr #emmys2018"
"#emmys with my beautiful daughter. <3" she followed up. "#represent #standup #resist #leadwithlove #gratitude."
On Sept. 4, Lewis's Black-ish co-star, Anthony Anderson, also showed support for Kaepernick via Instagram.
"What else needs to be said?!" he wrote, and hashtagged "#justakidfromcompton."
Black-ish was nominated for five Emmys in 2018, which included Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Tracee Ellis Ross), Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Anthony Anderson), Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (Wanda Sykes), and Outstanding Contemporary Costumes (Michelle Cole, Dolores Ybarra, Devon Patterson). In 2016, Lewis's portrayal of Ruby Johnson won her a nod for the Critics Choice Award. The actress is also known for The Wedding Ringer, Think Like A Man, Think Like A Man Too, and Baggage Claim.
In addition to support for Kaepernick, Lewis has advocated for the ACLU, the residents of Flint, Michigan, and the women of Detroit.
The 70th annual Emmy Awards will be held at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 17, 2018. SNL's Michael Che and Colin Jost will host the festivities, and actors Samira Wiley and Ryan Eggold announced this year's nominations on July 12. The Handmaid's Tale is up for Outstanding Drama Series for the second year in a row, and Game of Thrones stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage are both in the running for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.