Stranger Things, the Netflix series about 80’s kids who play D&D and fight a real monster in the “upside-down” with the help of a telekinetic child, has joined ‘The Resistance.’ Last night at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, the show won the award for outstanding performance by an ensemble cast. When they gathered on stage to accept, actor David Harbour who played police chief Jim Hopper in the show, gave a speech which won applause from the crowd.
“As we act in the continuing narrative of Stranger Things, we 1983 mid-westerners will repel bullies,” Harbour said. He continued, “We will shelter freaks and outcasts, those who have no home. We will get past the lies. We will hunt monsters.
“And when we’re at a loss amidst the hypocrisy and the casual violence of certain individuals and institutions, we will, as per chief Jim Hopper, punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy the meek and the disenfranchised and the marginalized. And we will do it all with soul, with heart and with joy.”
I have to say as award night stem-winders go, this was a pretty good one. A lot less painful to watch than the earnest thing Meryl Streep did at the Golden Globes. Harbour turned a nerdy sci-fi story into a lecture on Donald Trump, which can’t have been easy to do. Clearly the other actors in the room thought he pulled it off, though I think a lot of people at home were probably rolling their eyes.
Harbour wasn’t the only actor blasting the new administration last night. From Fox News:
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who added another award to her mantle for her performance in “Veep,” said she was the daughter of an immigrant who fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France.
“Because I love this country, I am horrified by its blemishes,” said Louis-Dreyfus. “And this immigrant ban is a blemish and it is un-American.”…
Wrapping up the night, “Hidden Fences” stunned with winning the award for best movie ensemble. Stars Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer took the stage to accept the award. Henson concluded the show the same way its first presenter, Ashton Kutcher, began it.
“This story is about unity,” Henson said. “This story is about what happens when we put our differences aside and we come together as a human race. We win. Love wins. Every time.”
The Oscars this year are going to be EPIC! Here’s the speech by David Harbour: