The Screen Actors Guild Awards quickly turned political on Sunday night when the cameras panned to Kerry Washington.
The 39-year-old actress, who wore a safety pin on the red carpet to “show solidarity” with her “fellow citizens and human beings,” disputed the notion that she can’t voice her political opinions because she is a celebrity.
“A lot of people are saying right now that actors should keep our mouths shut when it comes to politics,” Washington said. “But the truth is, no matter what, actors are activists because we embody the humanity and worth of all people. This union helps me to do that.”
“I am Kerry Washington, and I am an actor.”
— Variety (@Variety) January 30, 2017
Before she arrived at the awards show, Washington posted a photo explaining why she would be wearing a safety pin on her dress.
“I’ll be wearing one of these tonight. On my arm. To show solidarity. We will not stop fighting for our safety & the safety of our fellow citizens and human beings. #NoBanNoWall #safetypin.”