Is purple better suited for an evening ensemble? Last night, TV personalities tested it out, and wore purple in support of LGBT youth against bullying. Hosts and guests participated in Spirit Day on Extra, E! News, omg! Insider, 106 & Park, CONAN, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Watch What Happens Live!, and The Late Late Show.
Extra's Maria Menounos, a 2013 Spirit Day Ambassador, led others at Extra to go purple, including her co-host Mario Lopez. The entertainment and celebrity news show spotlighted other stars, including Paris Hilton and Debra Messing, who took a stand against bullying by wearing purple.
Access Hollywood put on their purple for Spirit Day too:
The folks at E! News tweeted their support for Spirit Day, and encouraged others to participate. Meanwhile, they also helped keep track of which celebrities wore purple.
— E! News (@ENews) October 17, 2013
Kevin Frazier at omg! Insider shared a video on Instagram explaining why he was wearing purple.
BET's 106 & Park hosts Bow Wow and Keshia Chante gave purple ribbons to audience members, and devoted a segment of their show to discussing Spirit Day and their own experiences with bullying.
Late night TV also kept Spirit Day going through the night. Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter wore purple on CONAN last night to support LGBT youth.
On Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kerry Washington stopped by in all-purple (including purple eyeshadow!) and discussed Spirit Day with Jimmy Kimmel, who also went purple. (See 2:30 mark)
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) October 18, 2013
Andy Cohen went purple on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live!
On The Late Late Show, Craig Ferguson participated in Spirit Day by rocking a purple tie.
On October 17, 2013, celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Ashton Kutcher, Betty White, Demi Lovato, Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Cannon, Kristen Bell, Macklemore, Melissa Etheridge, WWE Superstar Darren Young and more went purple for the fourth annual Spirit Day. Eric McCormack & Debra Messing also wore purple ribbons during a Will & Grace reunion – as did TLC's Stacy London - on TODAY. Hosts of shows including Access Hollywood, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, Extra, Good Morning America and the Wendy Williams Show also wore purple and spoke about Spirit Day on-air. The White House sent out messages of support on Twitter and tumblr. Sports leagues including Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the NBA, the NFL, the NHL and the WNBA participated on social media. And companies like American Eagle Outfitters, NBCUniversal, MTV, The Coca-Cola Company and Johnson & Johnson took a stand, along with hundreds of landmarks, schools, faith groups, media outlets, companies, and organizations. Facebook and Twitter users turned their profile photos purple and posted photos of classmates and coworkers wearing purple, and their messages of support for LGBT youth made #SpiritDay trend on Twitter.
Founded in 2010, Spirit Day is an international, united stand against bullying and show of support for LGBT teens and young adults everywhere. As we look back on Spirit Day 2013, please continue to spread the message and take action against bullying:
- Take a look at photos of who went purple to support LGBT youth
- Upload your own photos of you wearing purple to our website.
- Add your photos to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr using hashtag #SpiritDay
- Taking action to stand against bullying year round
Thanks for helping make Spirit Day 2013 a success!