Kristen Bell became the first-ever host of the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday (21 Jan) – and she did not hold back in her opening speech.
“There has never been a host for this awards show,” said Kristen Bell, as she opened the 2018 SAG Awards.
This, she added, makes her the show’s First Lady.
“First time. First person. First lady,” continued Bell. “I honestly never thought I would grow up to be the first lady, but you know what, I kind of like it.
“I think my first initiative as first lady will be cyberbullying because I have yet to see any progress on that problem quite yet.”
While Bell did not mention Melania Trump by name, it was a clear dig at the FLOTUS, who previously claimed that stamping out cyberbullying would be her primary goal during her time in the White House.
Speaking at a UN luncheon in 2017, the First Lady said: “No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorised, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn.
“Nothing could be more urgent nor worthy a cause than preparing future generations for adulthood with true moral clarity and responsibility.”
“It remains our generation’s moral imperative to take responsibility for what our children learn,” she said. “We must turn our focus right now to the message and content they are exposed to on a daily basis – social media.”
However, many were quick to point out that if Melania really cared about creating a less aggressive online world, she could start by having a word with her husband. President Trump has frequently been accused of promoting violence on social media: he once re-tweeted a fake GIF (from an anti-Semitic account) of him hitting Hillary Clinton with a golf ball, has tweeted multiple threats of nuclear war against North Korea, and regularly takes to social media to insult people he dislikes.
Bell, though, decided not to get into the specifics during her SAG speech. Instead, continuing the gag, she pointed at Veep’s Tony Hale and said: “I’m looking at you, Tony Hale. You’re a bully.
“You guys, he’s savage on Twitter. I’m serious.”
“Everyone’s story deserves to be told, especially now,” she said, referencing the current conversation on sexual harassment and workplace assault.
“We are living in a watershed moment and as we march forward with active momentum and open ears, let’s make sure that we’re leading the charge with empathy and with diligence because fear and anger never win the race.”
Bell finished with a final joke and plug before moving on to the first award of the night.
“Most importantly, regardless of our differences, we can all come together and delight in one thing – Frozen 2 is coming to theatres in 2019 you guys,” she said.
“I’m very excited.”
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