Iranian actress boycotts Oscars to protest Donald Trump
'Trumps visa ban for Iranians is racist,' actress blasts via social media
Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti, star of the Oscar-nominated The Salesman, says she won't attend the Academy Awards in protest of U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration policies.
Alidoosti called plans for a temporary visa ban of Iranians "racist" in a message posted Thursday on Twitter.
Trump's visa ban for Iranians is racist. Whether this will include a cultural event or not,I won't attend the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AcademyAwards?src=hash">#AcademyAwards</a> 2017 in protest <a href="https://t.co/CW3EF6mupo">pic.twitter.com/CW3EF6mupo</a>—@t_alidoosti
The Salesman, directed by Asghar Farhadi, was on Tuesday nominated for best foreign language film. Farhadi won Iran's first-ever Oscar in 2012 for his acclaimed drama, A Separation.
A draft executive order obtained by The Associated Press showed that Trump intends to stop accepting Syrian refugees and suspend the United States' broader refugee program for 120 days.
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The U.S. president also plans to suspend issuing visas for people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen for at least 30 days, according to the draft.