These SAG Award Speeches About Activism Were SO Powerful

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The Screen Actors Guild Awards are the only televised award show that exclusively honors performers. The actors honored at the January 29 show, however, proved that they could do more than just be the face of beloved characters. Many stars from some of your favorite films and TV shows spoke out about issues close to their hearts, making the SAG Awards one where activism was out in the open.

In a world where celebrities are often criticized for speaking out, the honorees at the SAG Awards made it clear that they would not be silenced. While some stars spoke about the recent immigration ban, others voiced their thoughts on diversity in the entertainment industry. No matter what they spoke about, these stars stood together, unafraid to speak out against what they perceive as injustice.

So, which stars voiced their thoughts on the political and cultural climate of today? While there are some frequently outspoken stars on this list, others who made their opinions known may surprise you. Click through to read about what celebrities said at the SAG Awards.
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In a segment during the award show, Kerry Washington stated:

"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, and we embody the worth and humanity of all people. This union helps me to do that. I am Kerry Washington, and I am an actor."
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Julia Louis Dreyfus spoke out against the immigration ban during her acceptance speech:

"I am an American patriot, and I love this country... and because I love this country, I am horrified by its blemishes. This immigrant ban is a blemish and it is un-American."
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Ashton Kutcher kicked off the show by showing his support for immigrants attempting to enter the country under President Trump's ban:

“Good evening fellow SAG AFTRA members, everyone at home, and everyone at 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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Lily Tomlin called out Kellyanne Conway's "alternative facts" in her Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech:

"Live your life so that when you are being honored for your achievements, the people called upon to make laudatory comments can feel reasonably honest about their comments. Otherwise, in these times, all their words of phrase might be perceived as alternative facts, or worst yet, fake news."
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Taylor Schilling, the star of Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast winner Orange Is The New Black, spoke about diversity:

"We stand up here representing a diverse group of people, representing generations of families that have sought a better life here — Nigeria, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ireland," she said to a roaring crowd. "And we know that it's going to be up to us, and all of you probably too...to show that what unites is stronger than the forces trying to divide us."
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Taraji P. Henson spoke to E!'s Giuliana Rancic about why Hidden Figures was such an important film. She told the host on the red carpet:

"I believe this movie is bigger than myself," she told E!. "I think this movie is bigger than any award show. It's so much bigger than us all. It's a story about unity, when we're in our worst of times how we can come together, and get on the right side of history. So it's a reminder of what we need to do right now, today."
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Mahershala Ali spoke about persecution in his acceptance speech for his supporting role in Moonlight:

"What I've learned from working on Moonlight is we see what happens when you persecute people. They fold into themselves... And what I was so grateful about in having the opportunity to plan Juan was playing a gentleman who saw a young man folding into himself as a result of the persecution of his community and taking that opportunity to uplift him and tell him that he mattered... I hope that we do a better job of that."
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In his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Limited Series, Bryan Cranston said he thought that another president would have some words for Donald Trump:

"I'm often asked what Lyndon B. Johnson would think about Donald Trump as president, and think that 36 would put his arm around 45 and would whisper something in his ear and say a cautionary tale — just don’t piss in the soup that all of us got to eat."
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Big Bang Theory actor Simon Helberg didn't need words to share his feelings about the immigration ban. Helberg and his wife Jocelyn Towne shared their feelings silently, with Towne wearing the words "Let Them In" directly on her chest.
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