Gael García Bernal is among a growing list of stars that have addressed Donald Trump in front of millions this award season.
Before presenting Zootopia the award for Best Animated Feature Film, the Desierto actor took a moment to denounce the 45th president’s proposal to build a wall between Mexico and the United States.
“Flesh and blood actors are migrant workers; we travel all over the world, we build families, we construct stories, we build life that cannot be divided,” García Bernal expressed on stage. “As a Mexican, as a Latin American, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I’m against any form of wall that wants to separate us.”
This is far from the Canana Films co-founder’s first rebuttal against Trump. In a 2015 interview with The Guardian, he shut down the then-presidential candidate’s xenophobic rhetoric toward his native country. “I mean, he called Mexicans rapists and drug dealers. How closed-minded and f**king ignorant is that?” he said. His stand at the highly-anticipated 89th Academy Awards further resonated with viewers at home.
Gael Garcia speaking for all Latinos! #Oscars
— Andres Ace Cabrera (@SquadLeaderAce) February 27, 2017
— Semhar (@Semhar) February 27, 2017
Gael Garcia Bernal. Can count on him to throw down some truths. #Oscars
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) February 27, 2017
Yet another reason we love Gael Garcia Bernal … Speaking from the heart 😍 as a Mexican American listening…THANK YOU Gael #Oscars
— Yolitzma Aguirre (@Yolitzma_) February 27, 2017
Gael García Bernal 1 – Trump 0 #Oscar2017
— Verónica Gómez Pino (@LaVeroGomez) February 27, 2017