The cast of the The X-Files is getting in on the NFL protests sparked by recent remarks by President Trump in regards to NFL player taking a knee during the National Anthem. Specifically, Colin Kaepernick, who currently can't find a job in the league because of his outspoken political nature. On Sunday, many people in Hollywood decided to take a knee in solidarity with players who decided to protest, and Scully and Mulder were among them.
Via EW, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny both took to Twitter in order to post a picture of them in costume on the set of The X-Files Season 11, taking a knee. Plenty of other folks around Hollywood, including Stevie Wonder and the cast of Star Trek: Discovery, also showed similar displays of solidarity with protesting NFL players. Comments that President Trump made during a speech in Alabama last week sparked this #TakeAKnee movement.
"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired. He's fired!' [Applause] You know, some owner is gonna do that. He's gonna say, 'That guy that disrespects our flag, he's fired.' And that owner, they don't know it. They don't know it. They're friends of mine, many of them. They don't know it. They'll be the most popular person, for a week. They'll be the most popular person in this country...But do you know what's hurting the game more than that? When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they're playing our great national anthem. The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it's one player, leave the stadium. I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up leave. Not the same game anymore, anyway."
Looking away from the protest for a moment, this does serve as a nice reminder that The X-Files is coming back later this year. Fox is going to air another revival season during the 2017-2018 season. Fox Chairman David Madden had this to say about the upcoming season of The X-Files.
"We're really proud of last season. We had the responsibility to explain to the audience what had happened in the intervening seven or eight years. We're free from that responsibility this time and can just plunge in and tell the stories. We're having a lot of fun doing it. Eight of the episodes will be stand-alone stories so they will be classic 'Mulder and Scully plunging into new adventures.'"
The network has yet to announce a specific premiere date for The X-Files season 11. However, we're likely to get that information soon, since the show is expected to premiere before the end of the year. You can check out the photos of Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny taking a knee for yourself below.