Kerry Washington hit the red carpet on Sunday night for the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards in a stunning white, Cavalli Couture gown, Stuart Weitzman heels and Neil Lane jewelry. But there was one accessory Washington rocked that stood out among the rest.
The actress, who was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her role in Confirmation, wore a safety pin on her sleeve in solidarity following President Donald Trump’s recent immigration order and Muslim ban.
Washington confirmed via social media before arriving to the red carpet why she would be wearing the pin on her arm. “I’ll be wearing one of these tonight. On my arm. To show solidarity. We will not stop fighting for our safety & the safety of our fellow citizens and human beings. #NoBanNoWall #safetypin,” she wrote, showing an image of the pin.
Last week, Trump approved an immigration order that blocks Syrian refugees from entering the United States, suspends all refugee admission for 120 days and that blocks citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Dozens of celebrities have spoken out about the order, many even making political speeches during the SAG Awards.
“I want you all to know that I am the daughter of an immigrant,” actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus said while accepting the award for TV Comedy Actress on HBO’s Veep. “My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France, and 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.”
“So I say to you this: Our sister guild, the WGA, made a statement today that I would like to read because I am in complete agreeance with it:’Our guilds are unions of storytellers who always welcomed those from the nations of varying beliefs who wish to share their creativity with America. We are grateful for them. We stand with them. And we will fight for them.'”
Mahershala Ali of Moonlight was very emotional while accepting the award for Best Supporting Actor, “I think what I have learned from working on Moonlight, we see what happens when you persecute people. They fold into themselves. And what I was so grateful about … 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, that he was okay and accept him,” Ali said. “I hope that we do a better job of that. When we kind of get caught up in the minutiae, the details that make us different, I think there’s two ways of seeing that: There’s an opportunity to see the texture of that person, the characteristics that make them unique — and then there’s the opportunity to go to war about it.”
Ashton Kutcher even opened up the awards show with these words: “Good evening, fellow SAG-AFTRA members and everyone at home — and 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.”