Casey Affleck slams Trump administration's 'abhorrent' policies in Spirit Awards Speech


During what was a mostly apolitical ceremony — especially when compared with those of the awards season so far — Casey Affleck took his moment at the podium to call out the Trump administrations' "abhorrent" policies.

Affleck won best lead actor at the independent film awards on Saturday for his role in "Manchester by the Sea."

After Affleck grabbed his trophy and gave initial thanks, he expressed some hesitation about saying anything political.

Related: Spirit Awards: 'Moonlight' Wins Best Feature Film Award

"Now I'm going to do something that I know I shouldn't do," he said, sounding trepidatious. "I should just whisper it in the bathroom, and I have whispered it to myself in the bathroom."

Then he resolved, "But I feel like increasingly my kids don't listen to me unless it's something I say on TV."

And, with that, Affleck took aim at the White House: "The policies of this administration are abhorrent and they won't last," he said to applause. "You don't have to clap out of obligation," he told the audience.

PHOTOS: Check out the red carpet arrivals

56 PHOTOS
Indie Spirit Awards 2017 red carpet
See Gallery
Indie Spirit Awards 2017 red carpet
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Kate Beckisnale attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Kerry Washington attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Janelle Monae attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Freida Pinto attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Molly Shannon attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Amanda Peet attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Yolonda Ross attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Lucas Hedges attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Amanda Peet and Hank Azaria attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Lily Gladstone attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Aisha Tyler attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Kiersey Clemons attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Katherine Castro attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Trace Lysette attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Fred Armisen attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: David Oyelowo attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Riley Keough attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Chad Hartigan attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Aubrey Plaza attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Ava DuVernay attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Jon Hamm attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Ruth Negga attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Taraji P. Henson attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Natasha Lyonne attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Colin Hanks attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Viggo Mortensen attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Nasim Pedrad attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California, on February 25, 2017. / AFP / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX (Photo credit should read JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)
Oge Egbuonu (L) attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California, on February 25, 2017. / AFP / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX (Photo credit should read JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)
Sasha Lane attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards, in Santa Monica, California, on February 25, 2017. / AFP / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX (Photo credit should read JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)
Stella Meghie attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards, in Santa Monica, California, on February 25, 2017. / AFP / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX (Photo credit should read JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)
Lucy Walker attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards, in Santa Monica, California, on February 25, 2017. / AFP / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX (Photo credit should read JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)
Danielle Brooks attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards, in Santa Monica, California, on February 25, 2017. / AFP / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX (Photo credit should read JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Ben Foster and Laura Prepon attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awads on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Director Maren Ade attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Producer Charles Spano (L) and filmmaker Claire Carre attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Sarah Sutherland attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Comedian Jenny Slate attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actors Alex Hibbert (L) and Jaden Piner attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Fred Armisen attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actress Paula Roman attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor/producer Adam Scott (L) and producer Naomi Scott attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Miles Teller (L) and model Keleigh Sperry attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Director Sara Jordeno (R) and Izana Lee Vidal attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Writer/director Joshua Locy (R) and actor Andre Royo attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Producers Peter Saraf and Sarah Green attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Adepero Oduye attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: (L-R) Producers T.W. Pittman, Giovanni Xim�ez, and director Kelly Daniela Norris attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor/screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (L) and Nicole Sheridan attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Editors Nat Sanders (L) and Joi McMillon attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Heather Matarazzo attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Jesse Plemons attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Brit Eastwood (L) and Ron Curtis attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Cinematographer Kira Kelly attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Colin Firth attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Related:Photos From the Spirit Awards Red Carpet

"They're really un-American," he said, wearing the grizzly beard that has followed him throughout his awards season run. Then self-consciousness seemed to sink in once again. "I know this feels preachy and boring and I'm preaching to the choir, but I'm just lending my voice to the chorus," he said.

After leaving the stage, Affleck was asked by reporters to expand on his comments.

"There's a torrent of terrifying news that's coming out of Washington every day, so it's easy to feel like arts education might be less significant, but nothing could be further from the truth," he said. "We're only going to dig ourselves out of this hole if we start advocating for kids and all of our children, and be more inclusive."

Watch the video below:


Read Full Story

Sign up for Entertainment Insider by AOL to get the hottest pop culture news delivered straight to your inbox!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.