If President Donald Trump thought that he had enough popularity issues in the United States, then a fresh petition in the United Kingdom will only give him greater cause for concern. Following through on an election promise to ban a certain number of Muslims from entering the country, the online platform petition.parliament.uk has garnered over a million names to prevent Trump from entering the U.K. under any circumstance.
T2: Trainspotting star Ewen McGregor sent a message out to his followers, saying, "Come on UK. Make a stand here #nomuslimban." Charlie Brooker, Cher, Lily Allen and George Takei also put their names to the cause to urge British citizens to denounce the leader for his stand against the religion.
— Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) January 30, 2017
Even the citizens of our closest allies are rejecting Trump and his hateful rule. This petition is gaining traction. https://t.co/hDeun3Bi5n
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 29, 2017
SAG Awards Used As Platform By Actors To Highlight Airport Plight
Kicking off proceedings on Sunday night at the SAG Awards was Jobs and No Strings Attached star Ashton Kutcher. Pointing to the protests and people stranded at airports all around the country as the event kicked off. It would be a remark that set the tone on a politically charged night.
"Everyone in airports that belong in (his) America," started the actor in relation to the 90-day Muslim ban from the seven various countries. "You are a part of the fabric of who we are, and we love you, and we welcome you."
Emma Stone took the award for Best Actress via La La Land and wanted to speak to the issue at hand.
“We have to speak up," Stone proclaimed. "Staying silent only helps the oppressor, not the victim. Right now I hope that people seeing things that are being done that are unconstitutional and inhumane would say something."
Denzel Washington did likewise after he collected Best Actor for his performance in the drama Fences, a film that also saw Viola Davis pick up Best Supporting Actress.
“I think we as Americans better learn to unite," said Washington. "We need to put our elected officials’ feet to the fire and demand that they work together or they won’t get back into office."
Faith Issue Hits Home For Ali
A clearly emotional Mahershala Ali took the stage for his role in Moonlight, and as he held back tears telling his story, the actor urged for people to embrace each other.
“When we get caught up in the minutiae and the details that make us all different, I think there’s two ways of seeing that," said Ali. "There’s the opportunity to see the texture of that person, the characteristics that make them unique, and then there’s an opportunity to go to war about it and say that this person is different from me, I don’t like you, let’s battle.”
Outlining that he is himself a Muslim, Ali wanted the United States to return to that shiny beacon on the hill it had always claimed to be.
“America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave. We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say.”