Celebrities over the weekend protested against US President Donald Trump’s refugee ban.
They also jeered “The Apprentice” creator Mark Burnett over his ties with Mr President, while demanding for the release of behind the scenes tapes of Trump which some believe may show him making inappropriate comments.
The protest against Donald Trump’s refugee ban took place at the Producers Guild Awards held last Saturday in Los Angeles, which honors films that help raise public awareness of important social issues.
Producers Guild Award unlike Screen Actors Award is not being aired on television.
According BuzzFeed report on the issue, “Several attendees chose to address Trump’s order at the show, most notably John Legend who expressed his disdain before introducing La La Land.”
“Los Angeles is the home of so many immigrants, so many creative people, so many dreamers,” said Legend. “Our America is big, it is free, and it is open to dreamers of all races, all countries, all religions. Our vision of America is directly antithetical to that of President Trump. I want to specifically tonight reject his vision and affirm that America has to be better than that.” Legend stated
While Elizabeth and Nora Rothman protested Donald Trump’s refugee ban by just wearing “pussy hats” while presenting their father, Tom Rothman, with the Milestone Award.
For Thandie Newton during the award, she believes thus; “We may lose the small battles but we will win the big war.” Whilst Colin Firth stated “This is for Richard and Mildred Loving, the ACLU, and for everyone whose families are being separated by the discrimination of others,” as she equally receive the Loving with the Stanley Kramer Award.
Also, Ezra Edelman who is the son of a mixed race parents and Made in America producer while accepting the award for best documentary feature noted “I’m standing here as a direct descendant of the Loving vs. Virginia decision.” … “And it’s heartening to be standing here on a night when we are honoring that incredible film and those two incredible people.”
“Please, all the producers in the room, please keep telling stories about our humanity, about our country, about the world that we want to live in,”
However, there was melodrama when “The Apprentice” creator Burnett was called upon to receive his award for the reality show “The Voice”
Despite criticizing Donald Trump’s refugee ban, the celebrities went on to jeer Burnett over his ties with the President, thereby calling on him to release the said behind the scenes tapes of Trump making inappropriate comments.
On his part Burnett insisted that neither he nor MGM, which owns his production company, has the legal authority to grant such a release of footage, if it even exists.