When Donald Trump issued his racist and xenophobic Muslim ban, barring natives of seven countries from traveling to the United States and stoking the fears of Islamophobia, he also banned an Oscar-nominated director from attending the awards ceremonies.
The president of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), Trita Parsi, tweeted the news as the world reeled from the horrifying ban.
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
The star of the film for which Farhadi was nominated boycotted the event in solidarity.
When the ban was lifted, Farhadi chose not to attend.
Although Farhadi is a well-known Iranian director, having won in the Foreign Language Film category once before, he was profiled by the president as just another potentially dangerous Muslim terrorist.
Farhadi’s film, The Salesman, won the Oscar on Sunday night’s show. The director sent a representative to read a statement of acceptance that included powerful slam against Trump and his ban.
‘Dividing the world into the “us” and “our enemies” categories creates fear. It’s a deceitful justification for oppression and war.’
See the full statement below:
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