Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher opened the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG-AFTRA) by showing solidarity with protesters speaking out against US President Donald Trumps executive order banning citizens and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.
“Good evening, fellow SAG-AFTRA members, and everyone at home, and everyone in airports that belong in my US. You are a part of the fabric of who we are, and we love you, and we welcome you,” Kutcher said, reports ew.com.
Before his speech, Kutcher spoke out against the “Muslim ban” on Twitter, citing wife Mila Kunis’s own path to the US.
“My wife came to this country on a refugee visa in the middle of the Cold War! My blood is boiling right now,” Kutcher said in a series of tweets.
“We have never been a nation built on fear. Compassion that is the root ethic of the US. Our differences are fundamental to our sustainability,” he added.
After his speech, Kutcher again took to the micro-blogging site and said: “If standing for the US that doesn’t discriminate makes me a left wing actor who is out of touch. F*** it. As a US citizen, I respect my president but I do not respect this policy. I believe in protecting borders. I believe is enabling safety and security but we do so with honour. A better way.”