Ashton Kutcher’s SAG Awards speech on Donald Trump’s Muslim ban has gone viral. The 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards are currently taking place in Los Angeles, and thus far it has been a night to bash Mr. Trump. Kutcher’s opening remarks at the SAG Awards paid tribute to the thousands of people, who have been protesting Trump’s immigration ban in airports around the country. He also thanked the lawyers who have been working pro bono to help the dozens of refugees and green card holders being held by authorities as they arrive in the United States.
The “Adventures in Hollyhood” actor greeted the audience and went on to say: “Goodnight to you and everyone in airports that belong in my America!” The “Opportunity Knocks” star added: “You are part of the fabric of who we are, and we welcome you, and we love you.” He later joked: “We also welcome you to the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards….”
A few hours before the awards ceremony, Kutcher took to Twitter where he slammed POTUS and explained why the immigration drama hits close to home. Kutcher’s wife, Mila Kunis, and her mother, Elvira, a physics teacher, and father, Mark Kunis, a mechanical engineer, fled their native Ukraine to the United States in the early ’90s with about 200 dollars in their pockets to start a new life.
The Jewish family cited antisemitism as the reason for leaving the former Soviet Union. Kutcher tweeted: “My wife came to this country on a refugee visa in the middle of the Cold War! My blood is boiling right now!” The 38-year-old star added: “We have never been a nation built on fear. Compassion that is the root ethic of America. Our differences are fundamental 2R sustainability.”
An extensive list of award recipients including Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Mahershala Ali took the stage to call out President Trump for the executive orders he recently signed banning Muslims from seven Muslim countries from entering the US.
The 45th president’s decision has sparked protests at airports in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and Denver. A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has led to a federal judge temporarily halting the ban. Since taking a stand against President Trump’s executive order, the American Civil Liberties Union has raised more than $19 million to keep fighting for refugees.