Watch Jodie Foster, Keegan-Michael Key at UTA’s United Voices Rally on Facebook Live (Video)

Stars gather at agency that canceled its Oscar party to voice support for freedom of speech and artistic expression in Trump era

Last Updated: February 24, 2017 @ 8:18 PM

Jodie Foster, Michael J. Fox, Keegan-Michael Key and Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi are all expected to speak on Friday at United Talent Agency’s “United Voices” rally outside the company’s Beverly Hills headquarters.

Other speakers at the event — organized in response to the flurry of activity by the nascent administration of President Donald Trump — include UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Reza Aslan, Cynthia Erivo, Wilmer Valderrama, DJ Cassidy, David Garibaldi, Sam and Casey Harris of X Ambassadors, International Rescue Committee President & CEO David Miliband and American Civil Liberties Union executive Hector Villagra.

Stars such as Sasha Alexander, Jai Courtney, Ted Danson, James Franco, Perez Hilton, Juliette Lewis, Minka Kelly, Bill Nye, Emily Ratajkowski, Retta, Seth Rogen, Mary Steenburgen and Aisha Tyler are also expected to attend.

Earlier this month, the company announced that it was cancelling its annual Oscar party to organize the event, to express “the creative community’s growing concern with anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States and its potential chilling effect on the global exchange of ideas and freedom of expression.”

The company also announced a $250,000 donation to the American Civil Liberties Union and the International Rescue Committee. The ACLU has been at the forefront of the legal battle against President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

Note: The official UTA livestream of the event is no longer online, but Farhadi’s pre-recorded message can be seen above.

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