Actor and director Jodie Foster lead the rally with a passionate speech against Donald Trump and his agenda to resurface the Muslim ban.
Foster addressed 1,200 protesters outside Los Angeles’ headquarters of United Talent Agency (UTA) where the demonstration was held instead of the usual Oscars Party.
She had warned participants of an impending “attack on democracy” and that it is now “time to show up.”
“I’m not somebody who feels very comfortable using my public face for activism,” she stated. “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.
She continued: “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 colours 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.”
The UTA’s Role
UTA is the representative of Asghar Farhadi, the Oscar-winning director who had been affected by the recent Muslim ban that Trump initiated disallowing him to enter the US. The President has been attempting to reinstate the ban, previously having been stopped by federal courts.
Farhadi boycotted the 2017 Oscars, and also appeared at the demonstrations via video from Tehran
He stated: “It is comforting to know that at a time when some politicians are trying to promote hate by creating divisions between cultures, religions and nationalities, the cinema community has joined the people in a common show of unity to announce its opposition.
“I hope this unity will continue and spread to fight other injustices.”
The Oscars are to be taken place on this Sunday, February 26th, featuring host Jimmy Kimmel.