Fear-driven laws aimed at demonizing a particular religious or ethnic group can have some far-reaching consequences.
Without thinking of what those consequences could be, Donald Trump signed an executive order called “Protection Of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States” on Friday, which bans travel to the United States for people from seven countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
Within those countries live 134 million people, including a man nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Asghar Farhadi received the award for the very first Iranian film to win in this category in 2011 with his film, The Separation and is now nominated a second time for his 2016 film, The Salesman.
He will not be allowed to attend the ceremonies this year due to Trump’s Muslim ban.
The president of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), Trita Parsi, tweeted the following on Friday night.
Confirmed: Iran’s Asghar Farhadi won’t be let into the US to attend Oscar’s. He’s nominated for best foreign language film…#MuslimBan
— Trita Parsi (@tparsi) January 28, 2017
Despite acting and screenplay wins for The Salesman at the Cannes Film Festival, and despite the fact that Farhadi has never been charged with or even accused of any terrorist act, he will be forced to sit out of the awards show on February 26.
The star of the film, Iranian-born Taraneh Alidoosti, announced on Friday that she would not be attending out of protest of Trump’s executive order. Alidoosti won the award for acting at Cannes for the nominated film.
— Taraneh Alidoosti (@t_alidoosti) January 26, 2017
Trump reasoned that banning 134 million people was necessary to the safety of the United States due to terrorist attacks, which in 2015 killed fewer American citizens than toddlers with guns did. Yet common-sense gun reform laws have been shouted down as anti-American while banning filmmakers from attending an awards ceremony is hailed as necessary to protect the country.
‘We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas. We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people.’
To watch the trailer for The Salesman, see video below:
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