Javier Bardem Rebukes Southern Border Wall at Oscars
Spanish actor Javier Bardem rebuked calls for a southern border wall at the 91st annual Academy Awards last Sunday. “There are no borders or walls that can restrain ingenuity and talent,” remarked Bardem in his native language of Spanish.
Presenting the Oscar Award for Best Foreign Language Film alongside African-American actress Angela Bassett, Bardem further expressed his support for cross-cultural creative production.
“In any region of any country of any continent, there are always great stories that move us. And tonight we celebrate the excellence and importance of the cultures and languages of different countries.” The film Roma, written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. It is the first-ever Mexican film to win in the category.
Bardem’s words alluded to President Trump’s recently declared national emergency. The declaration is expected to let the president obtain an estimated total of $5.7 billion in funding to erect an over 200 mile-long steel wall along the United States’ southern border with Mexico.
Bardem’s rhetoric sharply contrasts with previous actions undertaken by Trump Administration officials concerning immigration between the United States and Mexico, among other Latin American nations. Recent controversial attempts by the current administration to deter illegal immigration have included the Department of Homeland Security’s policy of child-parent separation and an increase in border security personnel.