Protest against Donald Trump’s immigration ban brought to SAG Awards – Pictures
Hollywood celebrities gathered to celebrate the 23rd annual SAG awards in Los Angeles just days after President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order that halted immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Ashton Kutcher kicked off the awards by saying:
‘everyone at airports who belong in my America, you are a part of the fabric of who we are…we welcome you.’
Kutcher immediately followed his opening comments with a series of tweets, expanding on his opinion of the President’s immigration ban.
Many other celebrities made comments about the ban on social media, spoke out on the runway, and mentioned the controversial ban during their speeches at the awards.
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, whose father was an immigrant from Nazi-dominated France, said:
‘The immigrant ban is a blemish and it’s un-American.
‘We are grateful for them, we stand with them, and we will fight for them.’
Kerry Washington made her opinion clear while still on the red carpet.
The Scandal actress said:
‘A lot of people are saying right now that actors should keep our mouths shut when it comes to politics.
‘But the truth is, no matter what, actors are activists because we embody the humanity and worth of all people. This union helps me to do that. I am Kerry Washington, and I am an actor.’
Washington also posted an Instagram before arriving at the awards of the safety pin that she is wearing on her dress. She said:
‘I’ll be wearing one of these tonight. On my arm. To show solidarity. We will not stop fighting for our safety and the safety of our fellow citizens and human beings.’
These comments were in direct reference to President Donald Trump’s attack on Meryl Streep after she very publicly criticized him in front of millions of people around the world at the Golden Globe Awards.
The cast of Orange is the New Black stood on the stage after receiving an award, and star Taylor Schilling said:
‘What unites us is stronger than the forces that seek to divide us.’