Zoe Saldana Attacks Government Over Immigration Policy, Triggers a Social Media War
This Sunday a lot of bad things happen at the US Mexican border of Tijuana. A handful of migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. rushed the barriers in an apparent bid to cross illegally. A few tried to breach the border fence. And some reportedly even threw “projectiles” at American border officials. The attempts to break into America undoubtedly illegal and awful. But the way the US government responded to these movements was way worse. They fired tear gas at the migrants, and in the process, they tear-gassed children. There are videos available on the internet where people can see children and even infants choking at the tear gas that the US border control directed at them.
This move from the US government obviously entailed in serious critical reactions, both internationally and nationally. Several Hollywood celebrities also took to social helps to express their anger over the embarrassing move from the government’s side. Amongst these celebs was Guardians Of The Galaxy and Avengers: Infinity War actress Zoe Saldana.
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We all know what the next step is, are we okay with our current GOP making this happen? First we barbwire our borders and deny Asylum seekers the right to seek safe harbor, then we throw tear gas at them, and then we shoot them on sight???? What have we become???!!! #notmyamerica #notmypresident
Saldana openly posted against this idea of tear gas on Instagram. She criticized both Trump and her country over its actions at the Mexican border. While she received sane support from several followers, one particular follower charged against her on Instagram consequently leading to a social media war.
Instagram Followers Oppose Zoe Saldana’s Political Post
A follower accused Zoe Saldana for putting the burden of the entire crisis on the general public. Especially when the multi millionaire celebrities do nothing and just talk. Saldana set this follower straight. She reminded him that before being a celebrity she was first a human, an American, a voter, a woman, a mother, and a daughter. Zoe Saldana reminded him that she has her social views and she has all the right to stand up for the right thing and for what she believes in.
Some Applauded Zoe Saldana for Speaking Up Against Trump’s Immigration Policies
Tremendous support poured in for Zoe Saldana. Instagram followers agreed that the tactics employed by the government to resolve its immigration crisis are the worst breach of humanity. They agreed on the fact that they were embarrassed by America’s failure to fulfill its social cause. Several followers reposted hashtags used by Zoe Saldena “#notmyAmerica #notmypresident”.
Why Was There An Outrage?
Sadly; however, there were a lot of people who did not agree with what Zoe Saldana had to say. They argued that the refugees were indeed criminals and the government was doing the right thing by passing them off the border, regardless of what technique it is using to do so. Followers came up with their own ideas of why tear gas was an effective solution to drive away refugees who would have; otherwise, ‘invaded’ their country. The most ironic moment was when several people belonging to a non native lineage commented against Saldana on her post. The immigration policy has been a controversial one in the United States of America.
Though, whichever political side you lean on, one thing most can agree on is that using tear gas against children is just inhumane.