On Friday, Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily halting immigration from seven Middle Eastern countries and suspending the State Department's refugee program. The ban specifically targeted immigrants, barring those from countries Trump's administration has deemed "majority-muslim", including Syria, Iraq, Somalia, and Iran, and when dozens of people were detained at airports despite being fully-vetted green card visa holders, protests broke out across the country. While many people took to airport terminals or courthouses to protest the action, many celebrities spoke out against Trump's travel ban, using social media to make their voices heard.
There is a lot of work that needs to be done if the ban is to be completely overturned, but the pushback couldn't have been accomplished without plenty of loud, constant protest from the people. Thankfully, many celebs with huge followings stepped up to protest and take action, and it's been great to see these stars choose to use their positions of power to condemn Trump's ban and stand up for immigrants and refugees.
As someone who was born in Pakistan I can tell you coming into America is VERY difficult. A #Muslimban accomplishes nothing but hate.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 28, 2017
You're saying to a billion people "You're all the same. You're all dangerous to us." Children hear this. You breed evil here & everywhere.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 28, 2017
Silicon Valley's Nanjiani tweeted out early against the ban, citing his own experience as a Pakistani immigrant. "As someone who was born in Pakistan I can tell you coming into America is VERY difficult. A #Muslimban accomplishes nothing but hate." the first tweet reads. The immigration process as it stands in the United States can take over two full years, and those coming from the Middle East already face an intense vetting process.
Chrissy Teigen & John Legend
Donald Trump is an unwell, evil human being. To the core.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 28, 2017
Power couple Teigen and Legend were vocal as always. Legend urged fans to donate to the International Rescue Committee, which responds to humanitarian crises and helps refugees rebuild their lives after surviving conflict and disaster.
Other celebs also made major donations or spear-headed fundraising efforts, and Designated Survivor's Penn started a successful fundraising page for Syrian refugees in the name of a troll who told the actor he didn't belong in the country. The page exceeded expectations, and has raised over $200,000. When the fundraising goal is met, it will be donated to the IRC to help Syrian refugees.
The ACLU also received a boost in donations from celebs, with many matching donations from fans. The idea may have come from Shark Tank's Sacca, who initially tweeted out that he would match donations up to $75,000. The idea was incredibly successful, and so Sacca doubled down on his promise. He matched his own donation, and sent the union $150,000.
A few pop stars were inspired by the idea, including Sia.
hey, i'll match all donations to CAIR up to $10,000. tweet a screencap of your receipt to me <3 anything helps <3 https://t.co/tNaqrxOm7a— Grimes (@Grimezsz) January 28, 2017
Grimes also tweeted out her own promise to match donations.
While donating to non-profits like the ACLU is a great way to oppose the travel ban and support immigrants and refugees, physical protest can also make a difference. A few celebs encouraged fans to join marches and rallies, like Ruffalo.
NYC Action: Join a peaceful march and rally against Trump's Muslim ban in Battery Park between 2 and 5 today, Sunday, Jan 29. #nobannowall— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 29, 2017
Kardashian took to Twitter Sunday morning to post some important statistics on immigration and terrorism.
Many celebrities told personal stories and expressed their concerns and fears about the ban on Twitter, like Kazan.
Milano, too, spoke up.
Gondleman promoted donations.
Amplifying words of one of my favorite filmmakers, Asghar Farhadi, who like too many others will be turned away from the Land of the Free. pic.twitter.com/CcskcFueuo— Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 28, 2017
The filmmaker quoted Oscar-nominated filmmaker Asghat Farhadi, who can't attend the Oscars due to the ban.
My heart is breaking today for the Muslim community around the world 😞💔— troye sivan (@troyesivan) January 28, 2017
Sivan's message was powerful.
Disgusted! The news is devastating! America is being ruined right before our eyes! What an immoral pig you have to be to implement such BS!!— Rihanna (@rihanna) January 29, 2017
An important stand from one of the world's biggest pop stars.
Bravo, Zendaya (and Rowan Blanchard).
The outpouring from Hollywood in the face of the ban has been a powerful reminder to keep fighting. If these celebs are doing their part to resist unconstitutional orders, there is no reason we can't, either. Whether it's getting out to protest or finding the right organization to donate to, don't just sit there — take action.