Lily Cole condemns Trump travel ban at event supporting Oscars boycott director

Actress Lily Cole has said Donald Trump’s travel ban is “unnecessary in this day and age” because cities like London are “wonderfully open”, and warned we may yet see “more ludicrous policies”.

The model made the comments as she was addressing a large crowd gathered in the capital’s Trafalgar Square for the UK premiere of The Salesman, which is up for best foreign language film at the Oscars.

Asghar Farhadi, the drama’s Iranian director who won an Academy Award in 2012, is boycotting the star-studded event in California over Mr Trump’s travel ban, which bars people from seven Muslim-majority countries entering America.

Asghar Farhadi (Ian West/PA)

His latest work was being shown in the public space in solidarity with his stance, at an event hosted by London Mayor Sadiq Khan and backed by actors including Keira Knightley and Dominic West.

In a speech to the large crowd of people who had packed out the area in front of the National Gallery, Lily said what makes the screening and premiere special is that it is a “positive version of protest”.

“We are here to say what alternatives are possible, we are here to demonstrate that alternatives are possible and why things like the Trump ban are unnecessary in this day and age, because London is wonderfully open,” she added.

Lily Cole (Jonathan Brady/PA)

“I hope you remember the pretext that brought us here, because we may see more ludicrous policies coming out, we may see more attempts to discriminate against millions of people based purely on their race and where they were born.

“And what we all need to be here today to remember and keep saying is, ‘no, that’s not acceptable’ and an alternative is possible.”


More in this Section

Michelle Collins: Why I won’t be returning to EastEnders

Kate Hudson takes gender-neutral approach to raising daughter

Northern Ireland guitar firm announces collaboration with Ed Sheeran

Queer Eye’s Fab Five head to Japan for special episodes


Lifestyle

Sex File: How do I intensify orgasms after the age of 40?

This Is Nicholas - a new Irish documentary about growing up with Asperger’s syndrome in a rural town

6 things you’ll only know if you have the January blues

Wonder bra is now what you make it

More From The Irish Examiner