Undeterred by some of the backlash Meryl Streep faced from conservatives after her politically charged Golden Globes acceptance speech, Julia Louis-Dreyfus used her own platform at the SAG Awards to send a message about what is being called the "Muslim ban." Not only is the Veep star angered by the executive order, but she also finds it "un-American."
The actress wasn't alone in her beliefs, as Moonlight star and SAG winner Mahershala Ali and the cast of Orange Is the New Black also spoke out about the horrifying events of the weekend.
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"I want you all to know that I'm the daughter of an immigrant. My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France," Julia said in her speech, sounding exasperated and as though she was fighting back tears. "I'm an American patriot. And I love this country. And because I love this country, I am horrified by its blemishes. And this immigrant ban is a blemish and it is un-American."
While she stars in a series that is politically charged, we can't think of a time previously when Julia was as outspoken about her personal views as she has been just recently. She proudly marched alongside 750,000 others during the Women's March in Los Angeles this month, posting a photo to Instagram in her very own cap from the Pussy Hat Project.
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Personally, I think it's important for celebrities to use their voices on such important topics such as the Muslim ban whenever they can. While others may think they should just "stick to acting," if I were in their shoes, I'd be shouting my opinions from the mountaintops. We all want to be heard, particularly during this heated political climate. I applaud those who embrace those opportunities.
Check out the entire speech here: