Durin the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, actors blasted Donald Trump’s executive order that bans citizens of certain Muslim nations from entering the U.S.
When Ashton Kutcher took the stage to introduce the show, he welcomed the crowd “and everyone in airports that belong in my America!” he said to applause from the audience. “You are part of the fabric of who we are, and we welcome you and we love you.”
Several award winners also addressed Trump’s controversial executive order and immigration ban in their acceptance speeches.
After winning best actress in a comedy series for Veep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus joked that the Russians “didn’t hack” the awards show. “I’m the winner, the winner is me. Landslide!”
She added that she is “horrified” by the immigrant ban, being the child of immigrants. “My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France,” she said. “I love this country and because I love this country I am horrified. This immigrant ban is un-American.”
Accepting his award for best actor in a comedy series, Shameless’ William H. Macy said he’d actually like to “thank President Trump for making Frank Gallagher seem so normal.”
“We stand up here representing a diverse group of people, representing generations of families who have sought a better life here,” said Taylor Schilling speaking for the cast of Orange is the New Black, who won best ensemble in a comedy series.
“We know that it’s going to be up to us and all of you to keep telling stories. What united us is stronger than the forces that seek to divide us,” Schilling said, as cast members shouted out their countries of origin.
Sunday, protests continued across the country against Trump’s immigration and travel ban, with demonstrations at LAX in Los Angeles, JFK in New York, Dulles in Washington, D.C. and Logan Airport in Boston, gaining support. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti was reportedly part of the group at LAX to demonstrate in support of travelers being detained from countries on the banned list, which includes Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lybia, Sudan, and Yemen.
Donald Trump on Sunday dismissed the protests saying the travel ban order is “working out very nicely” and attacked the media’s coverage of the ban thus far.