Gael García Bernal Used His Stage Time At The Oscars To Stand Up For All Latinos
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Posted by The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday, February 26, 2017
Gael García Bernal did so much more than just present an award at the Oscars — he dropped some knowledge.
Before announcing the winner for Best Animated Feature Film, Gael García Bernal and Hailee Steinfeld both shared a few words about the category. While actress Hailee Steinfeld kept her introduction short, Gael García Bernal turned his introduction into a powerful stance on immigration. Considering that all of these films “feature flesh and blood actors,” Gael García made it clear that “as a Mexican, as a Latin American, as a migrant worker [and] as a human being,” he is completely “against any form of wall that wants to separate us.”
People on Twitter applauded Gael García for taking a stance and not letting those 23 seconds go unnoticed.
— Linuxman R4 (@linuxmanR4) February 27, 2017
They were proud of him for taking this opportunity to speak out against the construction of the wall.
They were definitely proud that Gael García used the microphone for more than just a brief award introduction.
— Lizette Espinoza (@lizetteespi2) February 27, 2017
He didn’t stay quiet about issues that concerned him, and that’s what people loved about it.
It’s not every day that a Mexican-American is given the opportunity to give a speech at the Oscars.
— Grace Parra (@GraceParra360) February 27, 2017
So if given that opportunity, you’re going to make sure it leaves a mark.
Although Gael García’s speech was not long, people still loved the way in which he delivered his message.
— LORENA MENDOZA (@MENDOCLAUDIA) February 27, 2017
Like many say, “it’s not about quantity, but quality”.
Even with just a few words spoken, people immediately felt touched, inspired and empowered.
— RICARDO CAMACHO (@RICHIE_CAMACHO) February 27, 2017
So many people could relate to those two sentences he delivered.
Including actress and activist Diane Guerrero, who has always looked up to Gael García Bernal for being such a “Chingon!”.
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He is definitely a great example for many.
And these are the type of people who unapologetically support Gael García’s stance 100%.
— Oly Osorio (@OlyOsorio2) February 27, 2017