John Legend Condemns Trump’s Muslim Ban: “America Has To Be Better Than That”

The singer delivered an impassioned speech at the Producers Guild of America Awards last night.

January 29, 2017

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Following Donald Trump's executive order on January 27 banning refugees from seven Muslim-major countries from entering the United States, many musicians including Rihanna and Cher expressed their outrage and made a call to rally against the unjust policy. Among those artists, John Legend took to Twitter to denounce Trump's Muslim ban and ask his fans to join him in donating to the International Rescue Committee.


Last night, John Legend took the stage at the Producers Guild of America awards in Los Angeles to expand on his thoughts regarding Trump's order. “Los Angeles is the home of so many immigrants, so many creative people, so many dreamers, and those of us who work in this business have the privilege of shaping how the rest of the world perceives this country we love,” Legend said. “Our vision of America is directly antithetical to that of President Trump. I want to specifically tonight reject his vision and affirm that America has to be better than that.”

The singer then invited the others in the room to donate to the cause: "We made a donation to the ACLU and other organizations who are committed to fighting for freedom in the land of the free. There’s a lot of money and power in this room and I hope you all will use it for something good. Let’s all continue to stand up together for what is right.” Watch the speech above.

John Legend Condemns Trump’s Muslim Ban: “America Has To Be Better Than That”