BAFTA bosses are very concerned about a deluge of anti-Trump speeches

Gregory Wakeman
Contributor
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The current political climate is so tribal and partisan that it has encouraged Hollywood’s finest to use the platform awards season affords them to voice their views.

If recent speeches at the Golden Globes and SAG awards are anything to go by, anti-Trump sentiments are likely to pepper the upcoming BAFTA Awards on February 12, and it’s now been revealed that organisers are deeply concerned about the potential deluge of protests.

A BAFTA insider revealed to The Sun, “Having 15 back-to-back Trump speeches would be a disaster and would take complete attention away from the films.”

The source continued, “The anti-Trump bandwagon in Hollywood is particularly volatile at present, with the most ardent campaigners using any high-profile platform to express their views.”

Organisers are in a bit of a bind, though, because they’re very much aware that they can’t actually tell people what to say. While they fully “expect the odd reference” to the heavily maligned 45th President Of The United States, “the last thing they want is a string of political rants – particularly with Trump’s visit and his Muslim ban in full flow.”

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In recent weeks Meryl Streep and ‘Stranger Things’s’ David Harbour have made headlines with their awards show comments aimed towards Donald Trump.

BAFTA has a two hour delay between the ceremony itself and its airing, which allows its producers to edit down any particularly explicit material. So if Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone perform an interpretive dance that condemns Trump and calls him Steve Bannon’s puppet, there’s a chance we won’t get to see it.


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