Stars Get Political at 2017 SAG Awards

Stars from Ashton Kutcher to Julia Louis Dreyfus spoke out against President Trump's executive order on immigration, including "Moonlight" star Masherala Ali, who spoke about his Muslim faith.
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But we'll start out with backlash over president trump's immigration crackdown. Just about every winner at the S.A.G. Awards last night spoke out about the president and stars of silicon valley are taking a stand as well and linsey Davis has details. Reporter: Good morning. It was like a black-tie protest. A lot of upsets at last night's awards. This morning what many are talking about is just about all of the early winners went off script and took their time in the spotlight to slam the president's new immigration ban. 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. Reporter: From the opening moment the stars were not afraid to bring politics center stage to the screen actors guild awards. 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. Reporter: Julia louis-dreyfus won the night's first prize, accepted her award with a joke. I look out on the million or probably even a million and a half people in this room and I say this award is legitimate and I won. Reporter: Then she took a serious turn. I am the daughter of an immigrant. 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 flemishs. Reporter: Star after star from supporting male actor winner mahershala Ali who talked about his personal journey converting to Islam nearly 20 years ago. My mother is an ordained minister. I'm a Muslim. She didn't do backflips when I called her to tell her I converted 17 years ago but I tell you now, we put things to the side and I was able to -- I'm able to see her. She's able to see me. We love each other. The love has grown and that stuff is my fuschia. It's not that important. Reporter: To the "Stranger things" cast. As we act in the continuing merit of "Stranger things" we midwesterners will repel bullies. We will shelter freaks and outcasts, those who have no homes. Reporter: Some even letting their film stories do the talking for them. Taraji P. Henson on stage for her film "Hidden figures." This story is of unity. This story is about what happens when we put our differences aside. Yes. And we come together as a human race. We win. Love wins every time. Reporter: And adding to all the drama the filmmaker nominated for best foreign language film is from Iran. Yesterday she said she would boycott the oscars even if she was allowed to travel for them. George. Linsey, let's go back to Jon Karl at the white house right now and, Jon, we saw a few weeks back the president-elect lashing out at Meryl Streep after she took him on at the previous awards show. Nothing yet from the president on this. Is there some sense at the white house they can turn this to their advantage? Reporter: We haven't heard from the president directly on Twitter or anything else on this, but this white house does not mind being attacked by Hollywood at big glitzy award shows like that. They think that kind of reinforces their message that they stand for real America, what they would call real America, the heartland but, George, I think more significant than getting attacked by Hollywood celebrities is the criticism that's come from the business world. This could sting much more. One particular that stands out the CEO of Uber who is actually on the president's economic advisory council came out with a very strong statement saying that this immigration executive order is against everything Uber stands for. I think that could sting a lot more. You saw a chorus of criticism coming from silicon valley as well, the CEOs of apple, Google and Microsoft, these are executives the president was trying to court. Reporter: Absolutely trying to court very directly and he has said very clear he wants to be, you know, the world's greatest jobs president. If this looks like something that could have a backlash that could hurt his economic plans, could result in a backlash from the very CEOs he is reaching out to that could weigh more heavily. Also some of the criticism that's come from Republicans. You mentioned earlier John McCain and Lindsey graham. Criticism not necessarily of -- with the substance of the order but with the ham-handed way they see it that it's been implemented. Jon Karl, thanks very much.

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