Hollywood declares war on Trump: SAG Awards descends into a night-long protest as multiple stars use their moment in the spotlight to rail against President’s immigration ban

Monday, January 30, 2017
By Paul Martin

Hollywood stars took a strong stand against President Donald Trump’s immigration ban at the Screen Actors Guild awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night
Ashton Kutcher kicked things off by saying ‘everyone at airports who belong in my America… we welcome you’ while presenting the first award of the night
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won Best Females Actor in a Comedy for Veep, spoke about how her father GĂ©rard ‘fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France’
Mahershala Ali, who won Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film Moonlight, spoke converting to Islam and how despite switching faiths he and his ordained-minister mother put aside their religious differences
In the night’s most animated speech, David Harbour of Stranger Things vowed that he would ‘punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy the weak and the disenfranchised and the marginalized’
Sarah Paulson urged her fellow actors and the television-viewing audience to donate to the ACLU while picking up the Best Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries prize for People V. OJ
John Lithgow meanwhile said while getting the Best Actor in a TV Drama prize for The Crown that ‘unknown’ actress Meryl Streep spoke his ‘exact thoughts’ in her Golden Globes speech

30 January 2017

Hollywood went after President Donald Trump and his sweeping ban on immigrants from seven Muslim nations on Sunday night as they gathered at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

A host of A-list stars used their time on stage at the event to speak out against President trump’s executive order, from Ashton Kutcher and John Lithgow to the casts of Orange Is the New Black and Hidden Figures.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus spoke about how her father came to the United States as an immigrant after fleeing the Nazi occupation in France, and called the ban a ‘blemish’ and ‘un-American.’

Moonlight star Mahershala Ali shared how his decision to convert to Islam led to a rift with his ordained-minister mother, but it was soon repaired because the two ‘love each other and ‘that stuff is minutiae, it’s not that important.’

David Harbour of the Netflix show Stranger Things spoke about standing up to bullies and punching people who ‘seek to destroy the weak and the disenfranchised and the marginalized’ while standing on stage with his Stranger Things castmates.

And in the final speech of the evening, Taraji P. Henson spoke about the need to come together after winning the night’s biggest honor, Best Film Ensemble, for her role in Hidden Figures.

Henson said of the film, which tells the true story of the three African-American women working at NASA who were crucial in launching John Glenn into orbit: ‘This story is of unity. This story is about what happens when we put our differences aside and we come together as a human race. We win. Love wins. Every time.’

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