Stars Line Up to Bash Trump's Immigration Ban as SAG Awards Turn Political

Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts her award for the Best Actress in a Comedy Series for VEEP during the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards REUTERS/Mike Blake

Hollywood award shows teem with Trump Derangement Syndrome: It’s the new normal.

We saw it loud and proud at the Golden Globes earlier this month. We’ll likely see it again, on steroids, next month when the Academy Awards are handed out.


Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards turned into a nonstop attack on both President Donald Trump and, more specifically, his recent immigration decrees.

Never mind that the “Muslim ban” in question is only for a set period of days or that it echoes policies instigated by Trump’s predecessor. When it comes to Trump, Hollywood can’t shut its collective yap.

Case in point: Consider the following five celebrities who used a night meant to honor their achievements as a political soapbox. Of course everyone sang from the same choir book. Diversity of thought in La La Land is virtually nonexistent.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

The “Veep” star kicked off the political proceedings by bashing the new immigration decree with the standard straw-man arguments adored by the Left.

“I want you all to know that I am the daughter of an immigrant,” she said. “My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France and I’m an American patriot and I love this country. Because I love this country, I am horrified by its blemishes and this immigrant ban is a blemish and it is un-American.”

David Harbour

Who? He’s the lawman who played such a critical role in Netflix’s “Stranger Things” series. He “brought down the house” with his rant:


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!

Ashton Kutcher

The star of Netflix’s “The Ranch” is as liberal as his peers, but he often reaches across the aisle with his comments.

Not Sunday night.

He opened the presentation with this message to potential immigrants affected by Trump’s recent executive order.

“Good evening fellow SAG-AFTRA members and everyone at home, and 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,” Kutcher added.

Sarah Paulson

The star of “The People vs. O.J. Simpson” took a less polarizing approach to her political comments.

“Any money you have to spare, please donate to the ACLU,” she said a day after President Trump signed an executive order barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. “It’s a vital organization that relies entirely on our support.”


The ACLU quickly pounced on Trump’s executive orders regarding immigration earlier this week.

Of course, if she passed the hat in the room and everyone gave “any money you have to spare” the civil rights organization would find its coffers overflowing.

Taraji P. Henson

The “Hidden Figures” also didn’t mention Trump by name. She spoke of healing, and of hope, and yet it’s no mystery who she was addressing during comments captured by

“We have agency now as women. We can say what’s on our mind. Don’t focus on the problems. Focus on the solutions. What are we going to do to get past this? I think that’s why this film is so timely. The beautiful thing in 2017 is that the majority is on the right side of history. Fear not. Fear and faith cannot coexist. Pick your battles. I choose faith.”


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