Jodie Foster attended a pre-Oscars rally and told protesters it is “our time to resist”, two days before the Academy Awards.
The Oscar winner spoke to hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the Beverly Hills headquarters of United Talent Agency (UTA), which canceled its Oscars party to stage the protest.
“I’m not somebody who feels very comfortable using my public face for activism. This year is a very different year and it’s time to show up. It’s the singular time in history. It’s time to engage.
“We know the first attack on democracy is an assault on free expression and civil liberties and this relentless war on truth. Unfortunately it’s too familiar because history repeats itself.
“No matter where you’re born and no matter who you voted for, red or blue, whether you’re white, black or brown and all the colors of the identity rainbow – this is our time to resist.
“It’s our time to show up and demand answers. It’s our time to tell our elected officials to do their job. We will not tolerate chaos, ineptitude and war-mongering.”
During the rally, a message from Oscar-nominated Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi was shown. Farhadi said he is staying away from the award ceremony following Trump’s attempt to ban travel from Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries.
“Regardless of who wins the Academy Award for best foreign language film on Sunday, we refuse to think in terms of borders,” Farhadi and other nominees for best foreign film said in a statement.
“We believe there is no best country, best gender, best religion or best colour. We want this award to stand as a symbol of the unity between nations and the freedom of the arts.”