Ac­tors take a stand on ban­ning or­der

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ASH­TON Kutcher and a num­ber of Screen Ac­tors Guild (SAG) Awards win­ners used their time on stage at the cer­e­mony on Sun­day to crit­i­cise Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s con­tro­ver­sial im­mi­gra­tion ban.

The 38-year-old ac­tor opened the show with a pointed barb at the new pres­i­dent’s re­cent im­mi­gra­tion or­der – which re­stricts peo­ple from seven Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­tries from en­ter­ing the US – and set the tone for the evening as al­most all of the win­ners also ref­er­enced the con­tro­ver­sial move.

Kutcher said: “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.”

Moon­light ac­tor Ma­her­shala Ali – who is Mus­lim – gave a heart­felt speech as he picked up the Out­stand­ing Per­for­mance by a Male Ac­tor in a Sup­port­ing Role prize and ad­mit­ted he hoped there was a lot to learn from his movie in the cur­rent cli­mate.

The 42-year-old star told the au­di­ence at the LA Shrine Au­di­to­rium: “You see what hap­pens when you per­se­cute peo­ple, and they fold into them­selves…

“What I was so grate­ful about in hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to play Juan, was play­ing a gen­tle­man who saw a young man fold­ing into him­self as a re­sult of the per­se­cu­tion of his com­mu­nity and tak­ing that op­por­tu­nity to up­lift him and tell him he mat­tered, that he was OK. And ac­cept him. I hope we do a bet­ter job of that…

“My mother is an or­dained min­is­ter. I’m a Mus­lim. She didn’t do back-flips when I called her to tell her I con­verted 17 years ago.

“You put things to the side and I’m able to see her and she’s able to see me. We love each other. The love has grown. And that stuff is minu­tiae. It’s not that im­por­tant.”

Bryan Cranston was asked what his pres­i­den­tial char­ac­ter, Lyn­don B John­son, who he por­trayed in All the Way, would make of the new pres­i­dent.

The Out­stand­ing Per­for­mance by a Male Ac­tor in a Tele­vi­sion Movie or Mini-Se­ries win­ner said: “I hon­estly feel that 36 would put his arm around 45 and earnestly wish him suc­cess.

“And he would also whis­per in his ear some­thing he said of­ten, as a form of en­cour­age­ment and a cau­tion­ary tale, ‘Just don’t p**s in the soup that all of us got to eat’.” – Bang Me­dia

WE WEL­COME YOU: Ash­ton Kutcher at the Screen Ac­tors Guild Awards in Los An­ge­les.

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