W. Kamau Bell Takes A Stand By Carrying His 3-Month-Old On The Red Carpet

"Me & my wife took our 3 month old w/ us to the Emmys to remind us that #FamiliesBelongTogether."

The 2018 Creative Arts Emmys took a turn for the impactful on Sunday, thanks in part to nominee W. Kamau Bell. The host of CNN's United Shades of America publicly supported the Families Belong Together movement by posing on the red carpet with his 3-month-old-baby at the ceremony. 

Bell posed for photographers while holding his infant in a sling emblazoned with "Families Belong Together." He later reiterated his message on social media, tweeting, "Going to the #Emmys is a privilege. Winning an Emmy is a privilege. Being allowed to stay w/ your kids when you cross the U.S. border should NOT be a privilege. Me & my wife took our 3 month old w/ us to the Emmys to remind us that #FamiliesBelongTogether. We stand w/ the @ACLU."


The Families Belong Together coalition was launched in 2018 in opposition to the Trump administration's family separation policy, which left thousands of migrant children in detention centers away from their parents. The movement has spurred millions of dollars in fundraising for family reunification efforts and a national series of protests, including June's keynote march in Washington, D.C. 

Bell is only one of many celebrities to lend their voices to the movement. Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Selena Gomez, Amy Schumer and many others have all spoken out in support of the cause, as have Sen. Kamala Harris, Rep. Maxine Waters, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. 

The walk down the carpet wasn't Bell's only politically charged moment of the night. After winning the Emmy for Best Unstructured Reality Series, the host addressed today's political climate, saying, "We live in a time when people are being persecuted and targeted very cruelly." That's why he says his show aims to give people a "microphone" to "tell their version of the story."

More than 400 of the 2,600 children detained under the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy remain in government custody, according to a recent report. Bell's vocal support of the movement comes just days after the Trump administration said it plans to withdraw from a court settlement that protects children from being kept in detention centers for an extended period of time. If successful, the government would be allowed to detain more children for the entire duration of their immigration proceedings, which can last up to a year.  

Cover image by JC Olivera/WireImage.


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