Among the "heroes" and activists that rap-star Common and Andra Day invited onto the stage during their performance at the Oscars was none other than America's most vocal abortion advocate: Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards.
In case you missed the performance, Common began the performance for "Stand Up For Something" from the movie "Marshall" with an SJW freestyle rant that promoted DACA and bashed the NRA:
This is Oscar night. This is the dream we tell. A land where dreamers live and freedom dwells. Immigrants get the benefits. We put up monuments for the feminists. Tell the NRA, they in God's way. And to the people of Parkland, we say: ashay. Sentiments of love, for the people, from Africa, Haiti, to Puerto Rico.
So, according to Common, the NRA, which has killed zero people, is standing "in God's way," but the CEO of an organization that kills 320,000 babies a year is a hero of the faith?
Other activists standing alongside Cecile Richards were a slew of social justice warriors from various organizations (via Variety):
Alice Brown Otter (Standing Rock Youth Council); Bana Alabed (author and Syrian refugee); Bryan Stevenson (Equal Justice Initiative); ... Dolores Huerta (Dolores Huerta Foundation, United Farm Workers of America); Janet Mock (#GirlsLikeUs), José Andrés (ThinkFoodGroup); Nicole Hockley (Sandy Hook Promise); Patrisse Cullors (Black Lives Matter); and Tarana Burke (Me Too).
"I thought, 'What if we got people who really do the work?'" Common said of his moment. "People who are true activists out in the world and on the front line. People whose lives, whether by circumstance, have become prime movers for change."
Despite the ratings at last night's show hitting a near-record low, Common says the Oscars are the perfect place for politics.
"This is the place for politics," he said. "It’s a platform where people from all walks of life watch. When we won our Oscar [for 'Glory' in 2016], John Legend quoted Nina Simone: 'It’s the artist’s responsibility to speak to the times.' Sometimes you have to look beyond your community as well. When it comes to women’s rights and the #MeToo movement, I have to be in tune with that and see what I can do to help as a man. I’m a human being that cares."
Andra Day echoed Common: "What we hoped to convey is the essence of this song. These are all people who have fought through their own personal pain to make things better for themselves and for others. The other message is [to] have people from so many different walks of life — people who have tons of money and own restaurants and you have a young girl who’s a displaced refugee. … My prayer is that seeing these people and what they do is that catalyst to find the courage to stand up and to serve. I’m of the opinion that, as people, in our essence, we were designed to serve each other and society at large."