Alia Shawkat Issues Arabic Greeting While Presenting at the SAG Awards
The Search Party actress presented at the awards show Sunday, and briefly issued a greeting in Arabic.
“Assalamu alaikum,” Shawkat said, uttering a phrase that roughly translates to “greetings” or “peace be with you.”
“Like many of our nominees here tonight, we represent people who have come from other cultures, and that’s a real fact,” she continued, in a seemingly veiled reference to Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway’s instantly infamous “alternative facts” quote.
Her comments come just one day after she protested Trump’s executive order at Los Angeles International Airport, holding signs and welcoming refugees and other foreign-born arrivals.
Shawkat, whose father is from Baghdad, Iraq, has been an outspoken critic of President Trump’s policies, including his executive action that suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocked entry into the U.S. for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
She has also tweeted about donating to Planned Parenthood, joining the Women’s March on Jan. 21, and traveling to Washington, D.C. to oppose President Trump’s proposed defunding of the National Endowment for the Arts.