Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro decries 'hate' in Hollywood Hall of Fame speech
“Right now, we are in a moment of great fear,” del Toro, 54, said, used "to divide us, to tell us that we're different."
Singer Lana Del Rey, from left, directors Guillermo Del Toro and J.J. Abrams attend the ceremony honoring Del Toro with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on Aug. 6, 2019.Valerie Macon / AFP - Getty Images
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Two-time Oscar-winner and acclaimed Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro gave a forceful speech slamming the atmosphere of fear and division that is "being used to divide us" as he accepted one of Hollywood's biggest honors
The Guadalajara native received a star on the coveted Hollywood Walk of Fame and without directly referencing President Donald Trump, he offered an impassioned rebuke of the current political climate.
“Right now, we are in a moment of great fear,” del Toro, 54, said. “Great fear and great division because that’s why fear is used. It’s used to divide us. It’s used to tell us that we’re different, that we shouldn’t trust each other.”
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The director, who kneeled over his star and kissed the Mexican flag at the end of his speech, said receiving the star is an action of increased importance in this current moment.
“As a Mexican, receiving this star is a gesture and no gesture right now can be banal or simple,” del Toro said. “This is very important this is happening right now because I can tell to all of you, all immigrants from every nation, that you should believe in the possibilities and not the obstacles.”
On Saturday, a shooter who authorities say had left an anti-Latino and anti-immigrant manifesto railing of a "Hispanic invasion" went into a Walmart in El Paso — which is over 80 percent Hispanic — and gunned down shoppers, killing 23 mostly Latino people, including eight Mexican nationals.
After the shooting, many have criticized Pres. Trump's repeated rhetoric about an "invasion" of immigrants and his comments describing Mexicans as "rapists" and criminals."