The *Stranger Things* Cast Brought Down the House With a Powerful SAG Speech0 Comments

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Posted on 30 Jan 2017 at 6:06am
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There are plenty of reasons to love Stranger Things—the adorable kids, the reemergence of Winona Ryder, its all-too-rare creativity and originality, Barb—but many fans found a whole new reason when the cast accepted a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Not only did the cast—especially the kids of Stranger Things—provide the internet with a whole new crop of go-to gifs, as they exploded with excitement, they also delivered one of the best, most explosive speeches of the evening.

Actor David Harbour, who played the role of police chief Jim Hopper on the Netflix show, took the lead when the cast went up on stage to collect their award. Much like his character, his words were impassioned and delivered with force. “I would like to say that in light of all that’s going on in the world today, it’s difficult to celebrate the already-celebrated Stranger Things,” said Harbour. “But this award from you, who take your craft seriously and earnestly believe like me that great acting can change the world, is a call to arms from our fellow craftsmen and women to go deeper and, through our art, to battle against fear, self-centeredness, and exclusivity of our predominantly narcissistic culture,” he added, nodding to a post-Donald Trump America.

“And through our craft, to cultivate a more empathetic and understanding society by revealing intimate truths that serve as a forceful reminder to folks that when they feel broken and afraid and tired, they are not alone. We are united and that we are all human beings and we are all together on this horrible, painful, joyous, exciting and mysterious ride that is being alive.”

The Stranger Things cast’s message of inclusivity and a united front was one that was echoed throughout the evening by other SAG award winners such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mahershala Ali, and Emma Stone. Harbour’s however had a unique layer to it in thanks to the many Stranger Things references he packed in. “Now, as we act and the continuing narrative of Stranger Things, we 1983 midwesterners will repel bullies,” he shouted. “We will shelter freaks and outcasts, those who have no home. We will get past the lies. We will hunt monsters, and when we are at a loss amidst the hypocrisy and casual violence of certain individuals and institutions, we will—per chief Jim Hopper—punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy the weak, the disenfranchised and the marginalized. We will do it all with soul, heart, and joy. We thank you for this responsibility.”

Glamour – Entertainment

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