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Celebrities speak out

The amount of celebrities speaking politically is increasing as they have more to say.

Damilare Samuel Oyetibo

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Celebrities are most known for their contribution to humanitarian causes but due to the recent election of United States President, Donald Trump, they have decide to voice their opinions about some very controversial topics. This phenomenon certainly attracts people’s attentions.

The immigration ban, which is being challenged as unconstitutional and called racist and a “Muslim ban” by critics, temporarily blocks travelers from entering the US from seven predominantly Muslim countries and bans all refugees from entering for the next 120 days. The impact on Hollywood was immediately felt when Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose film “The Salesman” was nominated for a best foreign film Oscar, said the ban would stop him from being able to attend the awards ceremony on February 26. While some entertainment stars certainly support Trump and his executive order, the vocal majority has made its objections to his presidency clear.

Hollywood’s stars joined tens of thousands of protesters over the weekend in speaking out about President Donald Trump’s immigration ban. As protests were held at airports and major US landmarks all over the country, Hollywood was throwing one of its biggest awards events of the year: the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Many celebrities used the awards show, social media platforms, and the protests to voice their opposition to Trump’s ban.

Examples of celebrities who have used their influence to voice their opinions on trending political issues include; CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” star Simon Helberg and his wife, Jocelyn Towne, didn’t have to speak any words. On the SAG Awards red carpet, he held a sign reading, “Refugees welcome,” while she had “Let them in” written on her chest. Other celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher  expressed his opinion on the immigration ban of by the President by saying, “I am a citizen of the world,” Kutcher emphatically said at the SAG Awards. He later continued, “Everyone in airports that belong in my America. You are a part of the fabric of who we are, and we love you, and we welcome you.”

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