Stranger Things star David K. Harbour used the stage at the SAG awards to speak out against “fear, self-centeredness, and exclusivity of our predominantly narcissistic culture.”
Stranger Things won Best Television Show, and accepting and speaking on behalf of the cast, Harbour said:
“In light of all that’s going on in the world today, it’s difficult to celebrate.”
During the awards, protests against an executive order filed by Donald Trump late on Friday formed at airports across the country, while worried travelers were detained and forbidden from entering the U.S. because of the country of birth.
Harbour promised in his speech that the team would use their craft to battle against real life “monsters.”
“We will repel bullies. We will shelter freaks and outcasts; those who have no home. We will get past the lies. We will hunt monsters…
“We will punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy the weak and the disenfranchised and the marginalized. And we will do it all with soul and with heart and with joy.”
Harbour wasn’t the only winner using his acceptance speech to express disapproval of the ban. Best Female Actor in a Comedy Series winner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, talked about her father’s flight from religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France
You can watch Harbour’s speech courtesy of Rolling Stone.