Actress Jocelyn Towne, niece of Hollywood screenwriter Robert Towne, was one of many celebrities who used their appearance at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Jan. 29 to denounce President Donald Trump’s highly controversial travel ban.
Accompanied by her husband, “Big Bang Theory” star Simon Helberg, Towne was photographed with the words “Let Them In” written across her chest in black ink, according to the Daily Mail. Helberg, meanwhile, carried a sign that read, “Refugees Welcome.”
The couple made their statement in response to an executive order signed by Trump on Jan. 27, which bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. The policy also temporarily prohibits the U.S. from taking in refugees, CNN reports.
Like the Golden Globe Awards before it, the SAG Awards functioned as a platform for actors to speak out against Trump and his administration.
One such actor was David Harbour, who delivered a forceful speech after the cast of “Stranger Things” won for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.
“We are united in that we are all human beings and we are all together on this wonderful painful, horrible, joyous, exciting and mysterious ride that is being alive,” Harbour said, according to the Daily Mail.
Now, as we act in the continuing narrative of Stranger Things, we 1983 Mid-Westerners will repel bullies, we will shelter freaks and outcasts – those who have no home – we will get past the lies; we will hunt monsters; and when we are at a loss amidst the hypocrisy and the casual violence of certain individuals and institutions we will, as per Chief Jim Hopper, punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy the weak and the disenfranchised and the marginalized; and we will do it all with soul with heart and with joy.
Trump’s travel ban has proven to be the most contentious issue of his short time in office, with many arguing that its main purpose is to discriminate against Muslims.
“‘Extreme vetting’ is just a euphemism for discriminating against Muslims,” Anthony Romero of the American Civil Liberties Union said, according to CNN. “Identifying specific countries with Muslim majorities and carving out exceptions for minority religions flies in the face of the constitutional principle that bans the government from either favoring or discriminating against particular religions.”
Several Republican lawmakers have also come out in opposition to the executive order, among them Sen. Bob Sasse of Nebraska, who said the ban would ultimately assist jihadists.
“If we send a signal to the Middle East that the U.S. sees all Muslims as jihadis, the terrorist recruiters win by telling kids that America is banning Muslims and that this is America versus one religion,” Sasse said.
The policy does have its backers, however. Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, who is also the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, released a statement in which he described the immigration ban as a “useful temporary measure.”
“In light of attempts by jihadist groups to infiltrate fighters into refugee flows to the West, along with Europe’s tragic experience coping with this problem, the Trump Administration’s executive order on refugees is a common-sense security measure to prevent terror attacks on the homeland,” the statement read in part, according to Yourcentralvalley.com.
Sources: Daily Mail, CNN, Yourcentralvalley.com / Photo credit: Adriana Barraza via AceShowBiz