SAG Awards: Ashton Kutcher Makes Pro-Immigration Statement in Opening
Kerry Washington also got political while participating in the ceremony's "I'm an actor" opening segment.
Ashton Kutcher and Kerry Washington kicked off the SAG Awards with a few political comments.
Kutcher began the telecast by greeting the attendees in the room, those watching at home, "and everyone in airports that belong in my America," in reference to President Donald Trump's controversial executive order and immigration ban.
"You are part of the fabric of who we are, and we welcome you and we love you," he continued.
After taking the stage, Kutcher took to Twitter. "If standing for the America that doesn't discriminate makes me a left wing actor who is out of touch. F— it," he tweeted. "As an American I respect my president but I do not respect this policy. #ABetterWay"
If standing for the America that doesn't discriminate makes me a left wing actor who is out of touch. Fuck it.— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) January 30, 2017
As an American I respect my president but I do not respect this policy. #ABetterWay— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) January 30, 2017
While participating in the ceremony's usual "I'm an actor" opening segment, Kutcher told the camera, "I am a citizen of the world. I'm a professional liar. I play pretend for fun. I'm afforded the opportunity to show the ugliest, most fearful, most vulnerable parts of myself because privately, someone loves me for those flaws."
During the "I'm an actor" roundup, Kerry Washington also got political by noting, "A lot of people are saying right now that actors shouldn't express their opinions when it comes to politics. But the truth is, actors are activists, no matter what, because we embody the worth and humanity of all people."
Other actors went for the punchlines: Jeff Bridges said he's "the product of luck and nepotism," and Ellie Kemper joked that though she recently became a mother, "my greatest role is playing Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix."
The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out Sunday night at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony aired live on TNT and TBS.