Los Angeles, Jan 29 (PTI) Singer John Legend has criticised US President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order barring US entry to citizens from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, saying America has to be better than that.Also Read - Which City is The Best to Live For Expats in 2021? Check Top 10 List Here
While presenting a clip from “La La Land” at the 28th annual Producers Guild of America Awards, the film’s star, Legend, took a moment to address Trump’s immigration ban, reported Variety. Also Read - SURPRISE! Coldplay's Chris Martin Joins BTS Boys To End LA Concert With 'My Universe'
“Los Angeles is the home of so many immigrants, so many creative people, so many dreamers, and those of us who work in this business have the privilege of shaping how the rest of the world perceives this country we love,” Legend said. Also Read - 'This Is Just The Beginning,' BTS Jungkook Leaves ARMY Excited As He Assures Them of Future Shows
“We are the voice, we are the face of America. Our America is big, it is free, and it is open to dreamers of all races, all countries, all religions. Our vision of America is directly antithetical to that of President Trump. I want to specifically tonight reject his vision and affirm that America has to be better than that.”
Citing protests being held at airports all across the country, including Los Angeles International Airport, Legend said he and wife Chrissy Teigen were conflicted about attending.
“But we came here tonight, and we also wanted to put our money where our mouth is. We made a donation to the ACLU and other organizations who are committed to fighting for freedom in the land of the free,” he said, before calling on the film community present to rally.
“There’s a lot of money and power in this room and I hope you all will use it for something good. Let’s all continue to stand up together for what is right.”
Two federal judges, in New York and Virginia, stayed deportations in an emergency ruling following Trump’s ban.
Earlier, it was reported that Oscar-nominated Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi (“The Salesman”) would not be able to attend the 89th Academy Awards next month due to the ban.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in turn released a statement calling the situation “extremely troubling.”
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.