Ashton Kutcher, Mahershala Ali, Julia Louis-Dreyfus Blast Travel Ban at SAG Awards: 'We Welcome You'
Politics took center stage at the 2017 SAG Awards.
Trump's ban on immigrants from seven Muslim nations provoked outrage at the Screen Actors Guild awards Sunday night in Los Angeles.
Kerry Washington set the tone of the evening when she spoke at the very top of the televised show.
“A lot of people are saying right now that actors shouldn’t express their opinions when it comes to politics, but the truth is actors are activists no matter what, because we embody the worth and humanity of all people. This union helps me to do that. I’m Kerry Washington and I am an actor.” She said.
She also wore a safety pin on her dress to show solidarity with those who are affected by what has gone on.
The SAGs became political with many using the awards as a platform to protest Trumps executive order.
Ashton Kutcher didn’t hold back when he presented the first award of the night.
“I am a citizen of the world,” he told the crowd. "Everyone in airports that belong in my America, you are part of the fabric of who we are and we love you and we welcome you.”
Julia Louis Dreyfus, who won the first award of the evening for her performance in Veep spoke about her dad's heritage.
"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’m an American patriot, and I love this country, and because I love this country I am horrified by its blemishes. And this immigrant ban is a blemish and it is un-American,” she said.
Accepting his first SAG award for his performance in Moonlight, actor Mahershala Ali spoke about having converted to Islam 17 years ago in a powerful impact statement.
“My mother is an ordained minister,” he said. “I’m a Muslim. She didn’t do backflips when I called her to tell her I converted 17 years ago. But I tell you now, we put things to the side. I’m able to see her, she’s able to see me, we love each other, the love has grown. That stuff is minutiae. It’s not that important.”
Taraji P. Henson delivered a passionate acceptance speech when Hidden Figures won for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.
She said: "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."
Emma Stone joined the political chorus when she picked up Best Actress for La La Land.
"We're in a really tricky time in the world and our country and things are very inexcusable and scary and need action,” she said.
When Bryan Cranston won for his portrayal of President Lyndon Johnson who he portrayed in HBO’s All The Way, He spoke of Trump.
"I am often asked how would Lyndon Johnson think about Donald Trump and I honestly feel that 36 would put his arm around 45 and earnestly wish him success,” the Breaking Bad star said. “He would say, as a form of encouragement and a cautionary tale: ‘just don’t piss in the soup that all of us gotta eat’.”
Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg and his wife Jocelyn Towne made a political statement and not a fashion statement on the red carpet.
She wrote on her chest: "let them in" while he held a sign reading “refugees welcome.”
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