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Ex­ec­u­tives at Bri­tish Acad­emy Film Awards are wor­ried that Hol­ly­wood stars will use their ac­cep­tance speeches to pro­mote their po­lit­i­cal views at the awards cer­e­mony.

Sev­eral celebri­ties, in­clud­ing Meryl Streep (left) and Dev Pa­tel, have voiced their views on US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump both on­stage and on the red car­pet re­cently.

“Hav­ing 15 back-to-back Trump speeches would be a dis­as­ter and would take at­ten­tion away from the films,” said a source. Ac­cord­ing to a re­port by dai­ly­mail.co.uk, the BAFTA heads have no in­ten­tion to ac­knowl­edge their fears to the stars. The source added: “No­body wants to tell the stars what they should or shouldn’t say. But the last thing they want is a string of po­lit­i­cal rants, par­tic­u­larly with Trump’s Bri­tain visit and his Mus­lim ban in full flow.”

The source went on to men­tion that if any­one went beyond a brief com­ment and be­gin to dis­cuss racism, their speech may be edited.

An of­fi­cial BAFTA spokesman said, “We re­spect­fully ask all win­ners to keep their ac­cep­tance speech short.” The anti-Trump move­ment has been at its peak this week, in re­ac­tion to the new visa laws.

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