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12 Celebrities Who Took A Stand At The SAG Awards

"This immigrant ban is a blemish and it’s un-American." —Julia Louis-Dreyfus

1. When Simon Helberg from The Big Bang Theory walked the red carpet for the SAG Awards carrying a sign that read "Refugees welcome," and his wife, actor Jocelyn Towne, had the words "Let them in" written on her chest.

2. When Ashton Kutcher opened the show by welcoming “everyone in airports that belong in my America ... you are a part of the fabric of who we are.”

3. When Julia Louis-Drefyus flat-out said in her acceptance speech, “This immigrant ban is a blemish and it's un-American.”

4. When Taylor Schilling said on behalf of the Orange Is the New Black cast: "We stand up here representing a diverse group of people, representing generations of families who have sought a better life here."

5. And when Lori Petty said, "If they're going to lock up Muslims, they're going to lock up us."

6. When Mahershala Ali gave a powerful speech about the pain of persecution and his Muslim identity.

And when he talked about his grandparents' and great-grandparents' activist legacy later on in the press room, saying, "This is not new, McCarthyism. These things have existed before. It's just as painful as it's always been."

"It's just as painful as it's always been." - Mahershala Ali on the current state of the world #sagawards

"My grandfather marched; he was in the NAACP. My great-grandfather and great-grandmother were active in the civil rights movement. And when my great-grandmother died, they announced on the radio that she was a communist. And she wasn't. Because they announced that she was a communist, my great-grandfather lost his job ... and he had five kids to take care of. This is not new, McCarthyism. These things have existed before. It's just as painful as it's always been. And so it's sad. It pains me. And I do identify with that struggle with what Muslims are dealing with specifically ...So it's hurtful to see what's happening to immigrants and so on and so forth. It's challenging times."

7. When Emma Stone said, "I would hope that everyone that's seeing things be done that are absolutely unconstitutional and inhumane" in the press room after winning her award.

8. When Sarah Paulson urged anyone who can afford it to donate to the ACLU.

9. And when she expanded on that idea in the press room, saying, "I just wanted to have an opportunity to mention the inclusivity that I think is required right now in general."

10. When Alia Shawkat took the stage to present and said, “As-salamu alaykum,” an Arabic greeting that means, “Peace be with you.”

11. When Lily Tomlin wrote a message in French to Donald Trump on the wall backstage that said, "To Donald T, Sois sage," which translates to "Behave yourself."

And when Tomlin said "we have to be vigilant" in response to Trump later in the press room.

Lily Tomlin's v thoughtful answer on "why we need to be vigilant" during Trump's administration #sagawards

"Trump is trying to change the laws, but you know... I don't want to make this comparison, and I'm not making it in any way, but the Nazis, they changed the laws. Now that was over a period of time, so I think we have to be vigilant and stop certain behaviors so that someone who has not thought something through doesn't get too far in the process. If they get too far, they might believe it themselves, that it's true and it should be pursued. So we need to be vigilant, and we need to agree when he may have a good idea — or she may have a good idea. And we should be resistant when they don't."

12. And when Stranger Things star David Harbour gave a passionate speech, saying, "We will, as per Chief Jim Hopper, punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy the the weak and the disenfranchised and the marginalized."