John Legend Blasts Donald Trump’s Immigration Ban With Class: ‘Our America Is Big, It Is Free, It Is Open’

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He may have gone to the Producers Guild of America Awards on Saturday night to enjoy himself and his career, but don’t think for one second that John Legend isn’t thinking of the least among us.

The star of La La Land was introducing a clip of the show at the 28th annual PGA Awards last night when he first took a surprise moment to address Donald Trump‘s highly controversial immigration ban on stage.

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Speaking to the crowd of Hollywood stars, producers, and more before him, Legend went pure class with his remarks, saying:

“Los Angeles is the home of so many immigrants, so many creative people, so many dreamers, and those of us who work in this business have the privilege of shaping how the rest of the world perceives this country we love. We are the voice, we are the face of America. Our America is big, it is free, and it is open to dreamers of all races, all countries, all religions. Our vision of America is directly antithetical to that of President Trump. I want to specifically tonight reject his vision and affirm that America has to be better than that.”

And Legend, who is open about his political views and not afraid to be honest, admitted it was a tough call for him and wife Chrissy Teigen to even attend the PGAs last night:

“But we came here tonight, and we also wanted to put our money where our mouth is. We made a donation to the ACLU and other organizations who are committed to fighting for freedom in the land of the free. There’s a lot of money and power in this room and I hope you all will use it for something good. Let’s all continue to stand up together for what is right.”


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It’s a better showing at the PGAs for Legend than for Mark Burnett, the producer and creator of The Apprentice, which helped make Trump a reality star; Burnett was booed throughout the evening when he took to the stage.

Nevertheless, all of this comes back to the very public protests against Trump for his immigration ban — celebs are watching, standing in solidarity, and in many cases participating themselves.

[Image via FayesVision/WENN/ABC.]

Jan 29, 2017 4:31pm PST

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