The Salesman Actress Taraneh Alidoosti Vows Boycotting Oscars Over Trump Visa Ban
The Iranian star and first time Oscar nominee 33 year old Taraneh Alidoosti has tweeted “Trump’s visa ban for Iranians is racist. Whether this will include a cultural event or not,I won’t attend the #AcademyAwards 2017 in protest”. The Salesman actress said on Thursday that she would boycott the awards in protest at President Donald Trump’s “racist” ban on immigrants from Muslim-majority nations. Entry to the US for nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries has been stopped for 90 days by President Trump. The exact implications of his order remain unclear. The US State Department has said it is working on the immediate implementation of the ban. The countries affected are Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
Taraneh Alidoosti’s tweet :
— Taraneh Alidoosti (@t_alidoosti) January 26, 2017
The Salesman is nominated in the Foreign Language category alongside Land of Mine (Denmark), Toni Erdmann (Germany), It’s Only the End of the World (Canada) and Tanna (Australia). The ban keeps Asghar Farhadi, the director of The salesman, from attending the Oscars.
Farhadi’s filmThe film follows a high school teacher (Shahab Hosseini) who seeks revenge against the perpetrator who attacked his wife (Taraneh Alidoosti) in their apartment.
The director made awards history in 2012 when his film A Separation became the first Iranian film to win an Oscar.
The Oscars take place on 26 February.
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