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'Game of Thrones' Actors Chime in on EU Refugee Crisis

Actors Lena Headey, Maisie Williams and Liam Cunningham, who respectively play Cersei Lannister, Arya Stark, and Ser Davos in the HBO original series Game of Thrones, have called upon European Union political leaders to do more to take care of Syrian refugees. Do what exactly? They don’t say. Just more. From Deadline:

“These smart, hardworking people want to go home. They want to return to their communities and to their neighborhoods,” said Headey in a statement. “They want their children to continue their education. They want to continue their university and they are stuck. They’re stuck. And they’re unbelievably sad. Understandably. We can do better for them. We must do better for them.”

“For me it is about the children… children with so much potential, so many hopes and dreams,” Williams said. “Where is the humanity that makes it acceptable for them to languish in refugee camps – in Europe?”

Added Cunningham, “This is not an earthquake, this is not a tidal wave. This is a man-made crisis. 57,000 stranded in Greece. Refugee camps in Europe? Is this truly the standard EU leaders want to set as the way to respond to the global refugee crisis?”

Absent a specific proposal, leveraging celebrity to raise awareness of political issues serves little purpose beyond virtue signally. These refugees remain in camps specifically because there are no simple answers to the crisis which produced them. Perhaps there haven’t been enough actors saying that more should be done.