For the first time ever, the cast of Stranger Things won Best Ensemble in A Drama Series during the SAG Awards 2017.
As the cast were walking towards the stage, their excitement was evident as fellow actors cheered them on and shook their hands. However, all the hugging and kissing and smiling were nothing compared to actor David K. Harbour’s acceptance speech.
In the wake President Donald Trump’s executive order banning Muslims from entering or returning to the country, Harbour’s impassioned speech was relevant and on point.
“In light of all that’s going on in the world today, it’s difficult to celebrate the already celebrated Stranger Things,” Harbour said, who plays Chief of Police Jim Hopper on the 80’s set sci-fi thriller.
“But this award from you,” he continued. “— 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.”
The way Harbour delivered the speech built a momentum around the crowd and soon enough, everyone was on their feet, throwing their fists in the air and applauding the actor, who called for unity and cultivation of a more empathetic and understanding society.
Although he did not directly mention Trump, Harbour promised that everyone who’s a part of Stranger Things will continue to fight “bullies.”
“Now, as we act in the continuing narrative of Stranger Things, we 1983 Midwesterners will repel bullies,” Harbour said to tumultuous cheers and applause. “We will shelter freaks and outcasts — those who have no hope. We will get past the lies. We will hunt monsters.”
He added, “And when we are at a loss amidst the hypocrisy and 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. We thank you for this responsibility.”
Stranger Things beat out other hit series like Game of Thrones, Downtown Abbey, Westworld and The Crown for the Award for Best Ensemble in A Drama Series.