Mahershala Ali And Others Spoke Against The Muslim Ban At The SAG Awards

January 30, 2017 / Posted by:

It’s not unusual for award show speeches to be the kind that start out all breathless with a “Wow wow wow!” and end with a corny joke about how it’s time for their kids watching at home to go to bed. But since Trump is in a race against himself to be the worst human alive with a fountain pen, the tone of the speeches at the SAG Awards last night was a whole lot more serious.

If Trump’s petite hands had access to a little lamp with an equally small genie inside, I’m sure one of his three wishes would be for Hollywood to shut up and stick to acting, but that’s not going to happen. So many speeches at the SAG Awards last night consisted of speaking against what’s going on. One of the deeper speeches came from Moonlight‘s Mahershala Ali when he accepted the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. Mahershala is Muslim, his mama is not. Mahershala gave a little lesson in tolerance last night.

“My mother is an ordained minister. I am a Muslim. She didn’t do backflips when I called her and told her I converted 17 years ago. But we put things to the side and I was able to see her. She is able to see me. We love each other. The love has grown, and that stuff’s minutiae. It’s not that important.”

Mahershala should have known better. Of course his mama wasn’t doing backflips; you don’t drop serious news on your mama over the phone. Everybody knows you do it after you’ve finished dinner at a good buffet place, like the kind that has snow crab legs. Here’s his whole speech:

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (or Louise if you’re Ashton Kutcher) also got into the ban during her acceptance speech for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series. Julia is the daughter of an immigrant who fled the Nazis in WW2, so of course she’s not having this bullshit about blocking people from entering the US.

Ashton Kutcher, who opened the show, also had feelings. He gave a shout out to the people detained at airports over the weekend.

“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.”

He later took to Twitter to let everyone know he’s really pissed about the whole ban situation because he’s married to a refugee. (Mila Kunis came to the US from the Ukraine during the Cold War when she was seven years old).

Meanwhile, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series winner John Lithgow was like, “For my thoughts, please see Meryl’s Trump-dragging speech from the Golden Globes.” Leave it to Meryl Streep to give a powerful SAG Awards speech without even winning.

Here’s Mahershala Ali and Julia LD on the red carpet, as well as posing with their awards from last night.


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