Iranian actor to boycott Oscars over Trump's 'Racist' Visa Ban

29 January, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Sam Montgomery
  • Trump's Visa Ban Keeps Iranian Filmmaker Asghar Farhadi Away from Oscars 2017

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi won't be able to attend the Academy Awards in February after President Donald Trump put a halt to U.S.travel from seven Muslim countries on Friday, and Hollywood is rallying support.

A ban on Farhadi, which was assumed to be operative by the National Iranian American Council and news of which was tweeted out by its president Trita Parsi early Saturday, is painfully ironic for several reasons. His film, a story about a young couple living in Tehran, is nominated for best foreign language film.

Asghar Farhadi is up for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Film category for his psychological thriller "The Salesman".

The new order will also impose an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees and a 90-day entry ban for citizens from Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Iraq, Syria and Sudan (and perhaps also Libya, Yemen and Somalia). AMPAS, the Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has not yet issued a statement on the matter. However, reps for Farhadi, The Salesman, and the film's distributor did not immediately respond to EW's requests for comment.

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Alidoosti called plans for a temporary visa ban of Iranians "racist" in a message posted Thursday on Twitter. One of the movie's stars, Taraneh Alidoosti, had previously announced she would boycott the ceremony when reports of Trump's order first began to circulate, per Variety.

According to a tweet from BBC Persia correspondent Hadi Nili, "Farhadi's office says no "legal obstacle" for him to visit U.S. but soon he will decide if he wants to attend Oscar's ceremony". "For example, if they want to say this woman is a prostitute they would say this woman has many friends".

Everything that falls under the shadow of humans and respects humanity is acceptable to me, including politics. "Whether this will include a cultural event or not, I won't attend the #AcademyAwards 2017 in protest", she tweeted.

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