9 Blatant Examples From the Oscars Showing Hollywood Is in the Tank for Liberal Ideology

Mahershala Ali, from left, Emma Stone, Viola Davis, and Casey Affleck, all Academy Award winners / AP
• February 27, 2017 4:13 pm


Hollywood stars gathered Sunday for their biggest night of self-congratulation and reaffirmation of their liberal beliefs: the Academy Awards.

This year's Oscars show largely had muted political statements, compared to previous award shows this year with more overt messages, but some people still took the opportunity to make fun of President Donald Trump or express their dislike for his policies.

Here are nine times the Oscars got political.

1. Ribbons and pins

When celebrities started arriving on the red carpet, several were wearing a blue ribbon or an ampersand symbol pin. The two accessories were used to express a political statement. The blue ribbons are a part of an initiative called "Stand with ACLU" to support the American Civil Liberties Union. "Hamilton" creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda said he wore the ribbon because the ACLU is fighting for American ideals.

Other celebrities wore an ampersand symbol to show support for LGBT rights. Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD, was behind the campaign and said the pin symbolized that the wearer stands in solidarity with the LGBT community.

"Together, we resist the powers that seek to divide us," a statement from GLAAD's website reads. "We must stand in solidarity. All of us. Because no one is just one identity, and many of us are under attack. All marginalized communities are under attack. The ampersand is the symbol that unites us."

2. Immigrants for all

Makeup artist Alessandro Bertolazzi won an Oscar for his work on the movie Suicide Squad. During his acceptance speech, he dedicated his Oscar to all immigrants.

"I'm an immigrant, I come from Italy," Bertolazzi said. "I work around the world, and this is for all the immigrants."

3. No wall

Mexican actor Gael García Bernal presented the award for Best Animated Feature, but before announcing the winner, he went on to announce his opposition to President Trump's border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

"Flesh and blood actors are migrant workers; we travel all over the world, we build families, we construct stories, we build life that cannot be divided," Bernal said. "As a Mexican, as a Latin American, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I'm against any form of wall that wants to separate us."

4. Every country hates us

Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel joked in his opening monologue that since Trump won the presidential election, countries around the world now hate the United States.

"This broadcast is being watched live by millions of Americans and around the world in more than 225 countries that now hate us," Kimmel said.

5. Iranian director lectures the United States

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won Best Foreign Film for his work "The Salesman." Farhadi refused to attend the awards show because of President Trump's executive order that temporary halted immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries over terrorism concerns, one of which is Iran. Instead, Farhadi sent a speech to be read if he won.

Below is Farhadi's statement:

I'm sorry I'm not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S. Dividing the world into the "us" and "our enemies" categories creates fear. A deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves been victims of aggression. Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others. An empathy which we need today more than ever.

The crowd cheered during the statement.

6. Ben Carson joke

Kimmel made a quick joke poking fun at retired neurosurgeon and Housing and Urban Development Secretary nominee Ben Carson.

"Doctor Strange was nominated for Outstanding Visual Effects and was also named secretary of housing and urban development," Kimmel said.

7. Another travel ban joke

Kimmel joked with French actress Isabelle Huppert about being allowed to enter the United States.

"You were amazing in that film, and I'm glad Homeland Security let you in tonight. I really am," Kimmel said.

8. ‘We will not forget you'

Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. During their speech, they had a message for American minorities.

"All you people out there who feel like your life is not reflected, the Academy has your back, the ACLU has your back. For the next four years we will not leave you alone, we will not forget you," Jenkins said.

"To all the black and brown boys and girls and non-gender-conforming individuals, this is for you," McCraney said.

9. Thanking President Trump

The most political attack came from Kimmel, who accused President Trump of being a racist.

"I want to say thank you to President Trump. I mean, remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? That's gone, thanks to him," Kimmel said.

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