Ashton Kutcher presented at the Screen Actors Guild Awards On Sunday night and he opened up with a reference to the protests around the country against Donald Trump.
In response to Trump’s order to restrict immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries, protesters have assembled in front of airports all weekend long. As Kutcher welcomed the audience to tonight’s show, Kutcher referenced the demonstrations as he gave a special shoutout to “everyone in airports that belong in my America!”
Kutchers’s remarks were met with thunderous applause and he continued with “you are a part of the fabric of who we are, and we love you, and we welcome you.”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus received the award in the Female Actor in a Comedy Series category.
Like Meryl Streep did at the Golden Globes, the Veep actress used her speech to go after Donald Trump. From the possibility that Russia hacked the election to a quick joke about the size of the crowd in front of her, she kept it funny at first, but quickly moved to more serious topics.
“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.”
She went on to read a statement from the SAG’s sister union, the Writers Guild of America. Today, they, too, blasted Trump for his recent travel ban on immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
Mahershala Ali won the award for being the best supporting actor out of a pretty hard-hitting selection of the year’s supporting actors. He used his speech to talk about the movie he won for, Moonlight, and how its plot it relates to current events.
“What I’ve learned from working on Moonlight is wee see what happens when you persecute people,” he said. “They fold into themselves.”
He spoke of the importance of telling persecuted people they matter and are accepted, then said, “I hope that we do a better job.”
He continued by pointing out that there are two ways of viewing differences in others: appreciating them or going “to war” over them.
“That person is different from me. 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 years go, 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, and that stuff is minutiae; it’s not that important,” he said to cheers.