To Protest Is To Be ‘American’ – Hollywood Life

Well said! In the time of Trump, Phillipa Soo said at the 2018 GenNext Awards that there’s nothing more ‘American’ than using your voice to ‘fearlessly defend’ what you believe in.

“The phrase ‘Rise Up’ comes to mind,” Phillipa Soo, 28, said at the Hollywood Life, She Runs It and Forbes2018 GenNext Awards on Sept. 13. The Hamilton actress was one of the honorees, between ages 25 and 35, who had already accomplished so much in their respective fields. While at the awards, Phillipa praised the power of women raising their voices in the current political climate. “In the past two years, we’ve all been really aware of asking ourselves what we stand for and if given the opportunity to defend it fearlessly, will we do that?”

“We live in a complicated country with a lot of problems, but it’s a great country and we love it,” she said. “And we can have a sense of pride in defending what we truly believe. Defending what you believe is an American thing. To peacefully protest and use your voice to really say what you believe in…there’s nothing more beautiful than that.” While the Moana actress didn’t specifically name Donald Trump, and his administration’s policies that seem to target women and people of color, she didn’t need to. Her support for the Constitutional rights to free speech and public assembly were received, loud and clear.

Earlier in the speech, Phillipa praised the powerful women who surrounded her and future…

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