Outrage and protests over President Trump’s executive order banning Syrian refugees and citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. began to snowball Saturday as federal officials began implementing the controversial immigration policy enacted Friday.
Numerous entertainment industry figures were vocal in expressing dismay at Trump’s actions via social media. Reports of travelers — even those with visas and green cards — being detained at airports sparked a growing crowd of protestors to gather Saturday afternoon at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. On the other side of the country, there was an online effort to bring demonstrators to the federal immigration office in downtown Los Angeles.
Some taxi drivers in New York were expected to mount a protest by refusing to pick up passengers at the airport from 6-7 p.m. ET.
Word that Oscar-nominated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi would not be able to attend the Feb. 26 Academy Awards ceremony enraged many members of Hollywood’s creative community. Iran is on the list of blocked nations, along with Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Here is a sampling of sentiments shared via social media:
When I worked for Amnesty International in the 80s, these were the kind of stories told by political prisoners in dictatorships. https://t.co/y7CXLQK1n0
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 28, 2017
The day the music died… ⚡️ “Protestors gather at New York's JFK Airport over refugee detainment”https://t.co/h8eyFmbAOs
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 28, 2017
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) January 28, 2017
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
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 28, 2017
— Adam Scott (@mradamscott) January 28, 2017
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) January 28, 2017
I said Trump was a fascist before he won even one primary. Hear me now: he is going to enact martial law in some city within 6 mos. Resist.
— Brian Koppelman (@briankoppelman) January 28, 2017
THIS is what's happening. https://t.co/Sn8Z37YrdD
— Debra Messing✍🏻 (@DebraMessing) January 28, 2017
Fear. Hate. Selfishness. Cowardice.
We have disgraced ourselves and our nation. pic.twitter.com/NRbxSCKHY2
— David Simon (@AoDespair) January 28, 2017
I'm American bc America welcomed my Jewish refugee grandparents when they fled the Holocaust
We're a country of immigrants
— Sarah Ramos (@sarahramos) January 28, 2017
— Jorge Garcia (@jorgegarcia) January 28, 2017
No Syrian refugee in America has been involved in terrorism. The chance that you'll be killed by a Syrian refugee are 1 in 3 billion
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) January 28, 2017
Maybe we should take down the Statue of Liberty. When a performer is no longer at a venue, you don't leave their name on the marquee.
— Paula Poundstone (@paulapoundstone) January 28, 2017
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 28, 2017
Meanwhile, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau earned admiration and thousands of retweets by emphasizing Canada’s openness to resettling refugees.
God bless Canada. https://t.co/d19D8qPcsA
— Warren Leight (@warrenleightTV) January 28, 2017
(Pictured: Demonstrators at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York)