Celebrities React: Muslim Ban, Refugees Detained
Celebrities reacting to Donald Trump’s executive action on immigration, which many have called a Muslim ban. See stars’ reaction tweets below.
On Friday, President Trump signed an executive action order banning people from seven predominantly-Muslim countries from entering the United States over the next 90 days. The countries are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. In addition, Trump halted admission of refugees for 120 days, and specifically suspended the entry of Syrian refugees.
Trump’s orders went into effect immediately. Consequently, in the hours since, those currently abroad with visas to enter the United States have not been permitted to travel. And two Iraqis who landed at JFK with proper documentation have been detained. They have already filed a lawsuit against Trump and the U.S. government.
Now many celebrities are expressing outrage over the situation. Judd Apatow said of the president, “He doesn’t understand that this will lead to people in America becoming radicalized as a result of his ignorance and cruelty.” Sophia Bush tweeted, “THESE are the HUMAN BEINGS Trump banned today. REFUGEES fleeing ISIS. Children. Their families. Shame on him. May God help us.”
Minnie Driver noted, “#DickCheney just said in response to dt’s ban on Muslims, that it: ‘Goes against everything we stand for and believe in’ #thruthelookingglass.” Michael Moore offered, “To our Muslim neighbors in the world: I & tens of millions of others are so very sorry. The majority of Americans did not vote 4 this man.” On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jessica Chastain observed, “WW2- USA Turned Away Thousands of Jewish Refugees Fearing That They Were Nazi Spies. TODAY- Trump signs order banning Syrian refugees.”
“The 9/11 attackers were from Saudi Arabia, Egypt & UAE–not the 7 nations in the immigration ban. These all do have Trump properties though,” George Takei pointed out. Andy Richter declared, “What’s happening is repugnant. We’re supposed to be unique, a haven. We’re betraying our heroes.” Russell Simmons commented, “I have worked for decades on religious tolerance. @realDonaldTrump’s Muslim ban is against everything this country was founded on. Shameful.”
Scott Foley said, “The president will prioritize Christian refugees over all others. What kind of person would even say this much less sign it into order?!” Jenny Slate stressed, “We are not separate from the past. We cannot cannot cannot turn away people in need. Period.” “I’m sorry @SpeakerRyan but given your absolute silence on the #MuslimBan this tweet, like your smile, is phony and meaningless,” Josh Charles wrote in response to Paul Ryan’s Holocaust Remembrance Day post.
Michael Ian Black stated, “My 13 yr. old, half-Jewish daughter is at her 8th grade dance right now. What are Muslim parents saying to their daughters tonight?” Ricky Gervais said, “It’s like we’re watching history repeat itself but only half the population know how bad it turns out.” George Lopez wrote, “130 million people from 7 country [sic] are being denied entry, if you were on a plane and landed you are not allowed in, where’s the outrage?”
Sharing a picture of the Statue of Liberty, Patricia Arquette tweeted, “We might need to think about returning this beauty to France Now.” Lily Allen wrote about the U.K. prime minister, who met with Trump earlier Friday, “Theresa May should come out against these executive orders, apologise to British Muslims for not doing so earlier and resign. Truly shameful.” Alyssa Milano revealed, “My best friend, Alaa Mohammad Khaled, is Muslim. His parents were Palestinian refugees. His brother is DJ Khaled. #RefugeesWelcome.”
Star Jones remarked, “Really want to smack the hell out of folk lamenting what Trump ‘is doing.’ He told every1 his plan from jump!” About those detain in Los Angeles, Seth Rogen tweeted, “Apparently lawyers could use some help with Farsi interpreters at LAX. Please help if you care to. #MuslimBan” And Camila Cabello wrote, “the #MuslimBan is dehumanizing beyond words… im in shock, along with the phrase, “THIS IS NOT WHO WE ARE” repeated three times.
Olivia Wilde expressed, “I feel sick. So ashamed of our maniac-in-chief. And SO PROUD of our protesters. #RESIST.” Ewan McGregor tweeted at former president Barack Obama, asking, “What can we do? When the president imposes a religious based ban, What do we do? What do I tell my kids.” “I am sad for so many people today and for the backtracking of the country I live in. hoping for a more loving and accepting future,” added Lucy Hale.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson offered, “I hope that the world knows that our president does not represent all Americans. Most of our country is horrified by this Immigration ban.” Meanwhile, Chris Evans felt, “Obviously we must prioritize keeping Americans safe. But we mustn’t become un-American in the process.” And John Leguizamo tweeted, “This country was founded on religious freedom! The pilgrims came here on the #mayflower as refugees!”
Other stars protesting on social media include (but not limited to) Josh Gad, Marlee Matlin, Debra Messing, Zoe Kazan, Ron Reiner, Ashton Irwin, D.L. Hughley, Josh Grogan, Emmy Rossum, John Legend, Sarah Hyland, Kristen Chenoweth, and Kerry Washington. The president has not acknowledged any of the backlash.