Actress Scarlett Johansson stepped up to the podium today at the Women’s March to call out Trump on his impending actions against Planned Parenthood.
Johansson began her speech by discussing how Planned Parenthood helped her growing up as well as saved her friend’s life with cancer screenings.
“No judgment, no questions asked, Planned Parenthood provided a safe place where I could be treated with gentle guidance,” she said. “Now, I may have been 15 and surprisingly self-sufficient, but I bet there isn’t one person here who has not been helped by Planned Parenthood, directly or otherwise.”
She pointed the fact that lawmakers have been taking action against Planned Parenthood, adding that “there are very real and devastating consequences to limiting access to what should be considered basic healthcare.”
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) January 21, 2017
Then, she directly called out Trump:
“President Trump, I did not vote for you. That said, I respect that you are our President-elect and I want to be able to support you,” she said. “First, I ask that you support me, support my sister, support my mother, support my best friend and all of our girlfriends, support the men and women here today that are anxiously awaiting to see how your next moves may drastically affect their lives.”
“Support my daughter,” she continued, “who may actually — as a result of the appointments you have made — grow up in a country that is moving backwards, not forwards, and who potentially may not have the right to make choices for her body and her future that your daughter, Ivanka, has been privileged to have.”
Roughly 7 minutes into her speech, however, music started to play and her mic was cut off. It is unclear what happened, whether she was intentionally cut or if it was a sound outage.
Looking clearly annoyed, she waited a a few seconds to see if the music would stop, attempted to carry on, but upon realizing that her mic was muted, she held up her hands and backed away from the podium.
See the video below.
Johansson is among many celebrities who attended a Women’s March—the largest inaugural march in U.S. history. There were many other sister marches across the world, including the one led by Chelsea Handler at the Sundance Film Festival. Other celebrities who partook include America Ferrera, Gloria Steinem, Michael Moore, Madonna, Ashley Judd, Amy Schumer, Charlize Theron, Drew Barrymore, Katy Perry, Debra Messing, John Legend, Jane Fonda, and Alicia Keys.
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