Things are really turning political in Hollywood since President Donald Trump came to power. At the SAG Awards over the weekend, the cast of Stranger Things Season 2 made a very political speech. They were there to accept the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series.
The award itself was a surprise as Stranger Things won over two favorites—The Crown and Game of Thrones. The biggest surprise, however, was David Harbour’s (Jim Hopper) speech that although did not mention Trump, was a direct hit to his anti-immigration policies and his discriminating nature.
Stranger Things Season 2 Is About “Freaks And Outcasts”
Backed by his fellow cast members in Stranger Things Season 2, Harbour used the speech to take on what’s happening in America and around the world. He called on his fellow actors “to go deeper” and battle against fear, self-centeredness, and a narcissistic culture. He believed that “great acting can change the world.”
While Trump made sweeping orders that strain the statuses of immigrants in America, the actor said that Hollywood should cultivate “a more empathetic and understanding society.” He added that through their craft, people who feel “broken and afraid and tried” would know that “they are not alone.”
Tying Stranger Things to his political speech, Harbour said that it was about sheltering the “freaks and outcasts” of society. It is about being bullied and “repelling bullies,” and standing against any forms of discrimination.
Stranger Things tells the story of a group of friends who sought and battled with demogorgons in an upside-down world to save their friend. In the story, the group was often bullied by their peers in school because they were “different” than the rest.
What We Know So Far About Season 2
The second season of the hit Netflix series will return in July 2017. Most of the original cast will be coming back, including Winona Ryder, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Joe Keery, and Noah Schnapp. Millie Bobby Brown, who plays the powerful Eleven, will also be a part of Season 2.
Stranger Things Season 2 will take place a year after the events of Season 1, where Schnapp’s (Will Byers) kidnapping by demogorgons, took place. This next season will answer most of the mysteries in Season 1, The Duffer Brothers said.
A “Stranger Things” actor blasts Trump without even mentioning his name. pic.twitter.com/jtI7uHfzqR
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