Following President Trump’s announcement of an temporary ban on immigration from nations with large populations of extremists, it was inevitable that the Screen Actors Guild awards would turn into yet another opportunity for Hollywood to rant about the policies of the new administration.
Hosts and winners throughout the night, from Ashton Kutcher to Mahershala Ali to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, used their platform to denounce President Trump’s “vetting” and “caution”, and pledged their support for refugees despite the associated risks.
Ashton Kutcher began the ceremony by addressing “everyone in airports that belong in my America. You are the part of the fabric of who we are, and we love you and we welcome you.”
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) January 30, 2017
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, oblivious to the difference between Jews in WWII and the current situation said, “I want you all to know that I am the daughter of an immigrant. My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France, and I am an American patriot, and I love this country, and because I love this country I am horrified by its blemishes. This immigrant ban is a blemish, and it is un-American.”
Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black)
Taylor Schilling (from Orange is the New Black) said, “We stand up here representing a diverse group of people, representing generations of families who have sought a better life here, from places like Nigeria, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Columbia, Ireland… And we know that it’s going to be up to us, and all of you, to keep telling stories that show that what unites us is stronger than the forces that seek to divide us.”
— SAG Awards® (@SAGawards) January 30, 2017