The Producers Guild of America held its annual awards ceremony Saturday night in Los Angeles following a day that saw protests at airports across the country in response to president Donald Trump’s recent restrictions on immigration.
The news of the #MuslimBan resistance resulted in a number of honorees and notables at the evening’s PGA Awards to offer their sentiments on the issue.
In kicking off the evening, PGA president Lori McCreary said, “For now, more than ever, we have the need, the ability, to create content that expresses our true values.” She added, “Now more than ever we need to remember the words on the Statue of Liberty,” McCreary said in reference to the inscription on the sculpture that reads, in part: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
John Legend addressed Trump while onstage to introduce a clip from La La Land: “Los Angeles is the home of so many immigrants, so many creative people, so many dreamers. 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.”