The 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards took place on Sunday night, just days after President Donald Trump issued an executive order barring citizens from seven primarily Muslim countries from entering the United States. And, as expected, Hollywood had something to say about it.
Among the first to speak out was "Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus who took home the first award of the night for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series. It was her second time claiming the title for her role in "Veep" and fifth time receiving the award overall.
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“Whether the Russians did or did not hack the voting of tonight’s SAG Awards, I look out on the million or probably even million and a half people in this room and I say this award is legitimate and I won,” she began, referencing Trump's presidential win and inauguration before declaring: “I’m the winner. The winner is me. Landslide.”
Dreyfus then took her speech down a more serious path telling the audience: “I want you all to know that I am the daughter of an immigrant. My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France and I am 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 un-American.”
Dreyfus' father died last September, just days before the actress took home her seventh Emmy award.
At the time, Dreyfus also poked fun at Trump's political plans stating: “I’d also like to take this opportunity to personally apologize for the current political climate. I think that 'Veep' has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a political satire but it feels now like sobering documentary. So I certainly do promise to rebuild that wall and make Mexico pay for it.”