On the Lot: Hollywood piles on against Trump travel ban
At two big Hollywood events this weekend, producers and actors were loud and clear in condemning the Trump Administration ban on travel and refugees.
“I’m an American patriot. And I love this country"
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss was the first to accept an award at the Screen Actors Guild annual ceremony, and she set the tone for the evening.
Taking the stage after being honored for her work on the TV series Veep, she noted her father was an immigrant, and went on to add, "because I love this country, I am horrified by its blemishes, and this immigrant ban is a blemish, and it is un-American.”
That was the beginning of a night when almost every award recipient took the time to add remarks of protest to the order President Trump signed on Friday.
Saturday night, the Producers Guild held its awards dinner, and the scene was much the same. Speeches were lighter on the laundry list of thank-you's, and almost all contained some words of criticism for the President's action.
While that may not be surprising, given that many in Hollywood have long records of supporting human rights, Vanity Fair's Rebecca Keegan says it also reflects the global nature of the film and television business. It's an industry where talent comes together from all parts of the world, and like the technology sector, limits on travel are seen as a stumbling block to both creativity and the ability to get the job done.
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