Videos: Celebs Use SAG Awards Spotlight To Speak Out Against Trump
Simon Helberg and Jocelyn Towne made their statement on the red carpet. (Getty)
The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards took place Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium, and nearly every celebrity on hand spoke out against Donald Trump and his Immigration ban. You can watch their statements below, including a particularly moving and powerful one from Moonlight's Mahershala Ali.
"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." — Julia Louis-Dreyfus
"And also, a great and underrated actress, who somehow managed to speak my exact thoughts three weeks ago in another awards ceremony, and that's Meryl Streep." — John Lithgow
"And I honestly thing 36 would put his arm around 45 and earnestly wish him success. And he would also whisper in his ear something he said often, "Just don't piss in the soup that all of us gotta eat." — Bryan Cranston (who won for his role as President Lyndon B. Johnson in HBO's All The Way)
"I would like to make a plea: Please donate to the ACLU to protect the rights and liberties of people across this country." — Sarah Paulson
"In light of all that is going on in the world today, it is difficult to celebrate the already-celebrated Stranger Things. But this award from you, who take your craft seriously and earnestly believe — like me — that great acting can change the world, is a call to arms from our fellow craftsmen and -women to go deeper and through our art, to battle against fear, self-centeredness, and the exclusivity of a predominantly narcissistic culture and through our craft to cultivate a more empathetic and understanding society by revealing intimate truths that serve as a forceful reminder to folks that when they feel broken and afraid and tired, they are not alone. We are united in that we are all human beings and we are all together on this horrible, painful, joyous, exciting, and mysterious ride that is being alive. Now, as we act in the continuing narrative of Stranger Things, we 1983 Midwesterners will repel bullies. We will shelter freaks and outcasts, those who have no home. We will get past the lies. We will hunt monsters. And when we are at a loss amidst the hypocrisy and casual violence of certain individuals and institutions, we will, as per Chief Jim Hopper, punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy what we have envisioned for ourselves and the marginalized. And we will do it all with soul, with heart, and with joy. We thank you for this responsibility!" — David Harbour
"I think what I've learned from working on Moonlight is we see what happens when you persecute people. They fold into themselves and what I was so grateful about in having the opportunity to play Juan was playing a gentleman who saw a young man folding into himself as a result of the persecution of his community. Taking the opportunity to uplift him and to tell him he mattered, he was okay and accept him. I hope that we do a better job of that.
We kind of get caught up in the minutia and the details that make us all different, I think there’s two ways of seeing that. There’s an opportunity to see the texture of that person, the characteristics that make them unique, and then there's the opportunity to go to war about it. And to say that that person is different than me and I don't like you so let's battle.
My mother is an ordained minister. I’m a Muslim. She didn't do backflips when i called her to tell her i converted 17 yrs ago. But I tell you know, you put things to the side and I’m able to see her and she’s able to see me. We love each other. The love has grown. And that stuff is minutia. It’s not that important.
I’m going to thank Tarell Alvin McCraney for his courage. I’m going to thank Barry Jenkins just for your insight, your brilliance and your direction, and just the collaboration, that opportunity, I’ll always hold that close to me. I want to thank my fellow cast mates. Any one of those young men could be up here holding this, I’m telling you. It’s beautiful work. Plan B, A24, thank you. Peace and blessings be upon you." — Mahershala Ali
"We'd like to say that we stand up here representing a diverse group of people. Representing generations of families who have sought a better life here... And we know that it's going to be up to us, and all of you, to keep telling stories that show what unites us is stronger than the forces that seek to divide us." — Orange Is The New Black cast
"Thank you Trump, for making Frank Gallagher seem so normal." — William H. Macy
"We need to vote. Had we all voted, we wouldn't be here. You don't like it, you don't have nothing to say if you didn't vote. Get a clipboard, get organized and get in it. Don't sit back on the sidelines. Get in it. This is a fight for the country right now. It's worth fighting for." — Courtney B. Vance
"For the first time ever in my lifetime, I've been concerned about where it's going to go. It doesn't seem to be that it's going to go in a very positive direction." — Claire Foy
"We're in a really tricky time in the world and our country and things are very inexcusable and scary and need action, and I'm so grateful to be a part of group of people that areas and that wants to reflect things back to society." — Emma Stone
To "everyone in airports that belong in my America. You are a part of the fabric of who we are, and we love you and we welcome you." — Ashton Kutcher
"This film is about 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." — Taraji P. Henson