On Friday at the Pentagon, President Donald Trump announced and signed an executive order that temporarily banned travel into the United States from seven muslim countries. The controversial ban which has sparked protests across the US, banned travel from Iraq, Syria, Libya, Iran, Sudan Yemen and Somalia. Most importantly, the travel ban is preventing refugees from fleeing their war-torn countries to the US.
While other countries such as Canada have stepped up and have said all immigrants are welcome, Trump hasn’t changed his mind about the suspending the admission of refugees for the next 120 days while him and his staff assess the situation. Like many Americans and others around the world, many celebrities have taken their respective platforms to voice their concern and disagreement with the ban.
Strangely, while all of this was happening over the weekend, Trump was also hosting his first White House movie screening. The movie of choice was Disney’s Finding Dory, which stars Ellen DeGeneres. Naturally, the outspoken talk show host, heard about the president watching her film and found a few odd similarities between the movies premise and the travel ban he just instituted. It was coincidental, to say the least.
During her show on Monday, Ellen DeGeneres decided to address these coincidences as best as she could without getting too political. She started by saying, “I don’t get political, but I will say that I am against one of those two things.”
The first coincidence is that Dory arrives in America, like an immigrant would and “ends up at the Marine Life Institute behind a large wall.” Sound familiar? However, Dory and her friends, Marlin and Nemo, must get over the wall and as she says, “You won’t believe it, but that wall has almost no effect in keeping them out.”
As the movie continues, Dory gets separated from her parents, “But the other animals help Dory, animals that don’t even need her, animals that don’t even have anything in common with her.” She continues, “They help her even though they’r’e completely different colors because that’s what you do when you someone in need…you help them.” However, unlike the movie, Trump’s ban prohibits the US from helping anyone fleeing war and terrorism.
She does not address Trump specifically as someone who does not want to help people, but does say, “That is what I hope everyone who’s watching Finding Dory has learned.” Therefore, while we wait to see what Trump and his administration decide to ultimately do, we hope that they find it in their hearts to lift the ban and allow immigrants to enter the country from these seven countries once more.