‘Avengers’ Star Don Cheadle Sends Pro-Trans Youth Message During SNL

Actor Don Cheadle may play a super hero in Marvel's Avengers movies, but last night he proved he’s pretty ‘heroic’ in real life.

While handling guest-host duties for Saturday Night Live, Cheadle made a costume change before introducing this week’s musical guest, Gary Clark Jr.

As the cameras returned from commercial break, Cheadle was revealed wearing a t-shirt with the message, “Protect Trans Kids.”

Simple. Straightforward. No other words necessary. 

In a world where trans youth see themselves (and other transgender people) under attack on multiple levels, from bullying at school to wondering if they can use a bathroom that aligns with their gender identity to the Trump administration’s proposed ban on trans military service members, trans kids need every hero they can get.

And Don Cheadle stepped up.

The Twitterverse loved it.


The award-winning actor also made a none-to-subtle, silent statement at the end of the show wearing a Soviet Union hockey jersey with the word "Trump" emblazoned on the back with the number "45" (Donald Trump is the 45th president of the U.S.)



Cheadle woke up to the Twitter-love and responded tweeting, "To each and every one of you beautiful tweeps. i awoke to so much support and love!! thank you @nbcsnl for the opportunity to play and pay respect and throw shade in an historic space in an historic time. keep fighting, y'all. evil grows in the dark."


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