The Hollywood Reporter reports that United Talent Agency, considered one of Hollywood’s top talent agencies, is nixing its annual Oscar party in favor of donating $250,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union and the International Rescue Committee. Both groups have heatedly been engaged in combating Trump’s executive order which targets travel from Muslim-majority countries.
“This is a moment that demands our generosity, awareness and restlessness,” wrote UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer in a memo to his staff. “Our world is a better place for the free exchange of artists, ideas and creative expression. If our nation ceases to be the place where artists the world over can come to express themselves freely, then we cease, in my opinion, to be America.”
UTA will also be hosting a pro-immigration rally at its L.A. office on February 24th, a few days before the Oscars.