Jodie Foster Leads Anti-Trump UTA Rally

She was addressing a 1,200-strong crowd outside the Beverly Hills headquarters of United Talent Agency (UTA), which cancelled its Oscars party to stage the demonstration. "We must write and act and sing and paint for those who can not express themselves, for those who feel they are being left behind, who feel they are not being represented", said Keegan Michael Key.

Farhadi, who is nominated for best foreign language film for The Salesman, told the crowd: "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 show its opposition".

If Meryl Streep wins, it will come as no surprise if the "Florence Foster Jenkins" star (and 20-time nominee) uses her moment in front a microphone - and tens of millions of viewers - to speak out, as she did at last month's Golden Globes. "It's a singular time in history and it's time to engage". And as the very, very dead Frederick Douglass one said, 'Any time is a good time for illumination, ' and this is the time for illumination. "It doesn't matter where you born, who you voted for. It's time to show up", Foster said. She urged people to tell their elected officials to do their job and the people will not tolerate "chaos and ineptitude". Instead, the agency said it would hold a refugee rally and donate $250,000 to the International Rescue Committee and the ACLU, which has been fighting the travel restrictions in federal court. I've always made a subtle way, a quiet way, and a personal way, but this year is a very different year, and it's time to show up.

Key and Peele's Keegan-Michael Key also spoke.

Other attendees at the rally included California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, actor Nick Offerman and Bill Nye, also known as The Science Guy. Nominated for his film "The Salesman", Farhadi made headlines around the world after announcing he would not travel to Los Angeles for the Oscars ceremony in protest of the proposed USA ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

The event ended with a performance by Ben Harper, who also got in a quip about Trump.

UTA cancelled its Oscars party this year in solidarity with its client, Oscar-nominated Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who was temporarily prevented from re-entering the USA after President Donald Trump's controversial and much-contested travel ban suspended his visa along with those of people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

  • Rogelio Becker