Has there ever been an awards show as political as Sundays’s SAG awards? As the Screen Actors Guild came together to celebrate their own, they were, it seemed, wholly ready to sound off on America’s cheeto stained political quagmire. Stranger Things’s David Harbour delivered an impassioned speech. Julia Louis-Dreyfus spoke about her immigrant father. Mahershala Ali, the star of Moonlight, exclaimed that “I am a Muslim.”
The awards took place as thousands gathered at airports and courthouses across the U.S. to protest Donald Trump’s immigration ban.
The backlash on social media was swift and, well, just.
When celebrities speak up about politics, they're not saving their careers. What would save their careers is to stay out of it! #MuslimBan
— Derek'SKI' (@Stay_on_Green) January 30, 2017
Tired of celebrities who think they can dictate politics. They are entertainers. Entertain. #BoycottOscars
— Aimee (@amosjg) January 30, 2017
When celebrities start talking politics pic.twitter.com/Gtc8QCiDnx
— Ali Bondi (@Bondiibeachh) January 23, 2017
These people are absolutely right. Celebrities have no right to talk about politics. They’re entertainers, not lawmakers. How many times before they embarrass themselves in politics before they finally shut up once and for all?
Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW. Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world – a horrible mess!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2017
We’ve seen time and again just how ignorant the rich and famous can be.
Dear Global Warming, Funny, I spent 4 days in Palm Desert playing golf, getting a tan while looking at the snow on the mountains.
— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) April 4, 2016
It’s true, they’re all delusional and narcissistic, power-hungry and starved for attention.
— Kevin O'Leary (@kevinolearytv) January 29, 2017
Their power is an illusion, and attention their currency.
Here’s a thought, from, of all places, Wesley Snipes:
If you don't want celebrities sharing their opinions you shouldn't have elected a reality star. Stick to sitting down. https://t.co/ctjM4YPXDw
— Wesley Snipes (@wesleysnipes) January 31, 2017