Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti, who co-stars in “The Salesman,” an Iranian film nominated for a foreign-language Academy Award, said Trump’s temporary visa ban is “racist” and she plans to boycott the Oscars in protest.
In his first week as President, Trump said he plans to issue an executive order to suspend immigration for a minimum of 30 days for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. On Thursday, Alidoosti responded to Trump’s announcement in a tweet saying she plans to boycott the Academy Awards in protest of the ban.
— Taraneh Alidoosti (@t_alidoosti) January 26, 2017
“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,” Alidoosti said in the tweet.
Alidoosti has previously said that she would not attend the awards whether she was able to secure a visa or not, according to the New York Times.
“I decided not to go even if I could, because it hurts me deeply to see ordinary people of my country being rejected for what might be their legal right to have access to their children abroad or to their school classes as students,” Alidoosti said.
“The Salesman” actress said many Iranians don’t apply for visas to the United States just to go on vacation, but often have “urgent medical cases” and come to America for that reason alone.
“I’m sure the United States has also benefited many times from Iranian immigrants and people who have worked there and served that country,” Alidoosti added. “So it’s not acceptable to me to respect a state that does not respect the people of my country.”
“The Salesman” is one of five films nominated for best foreign language film. It is directed by Asghar Farhadi, who took home the Oscar for best foreign language film in 2012 for “A Separation.”