Tehran, January 27: Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti, star of the Oscar-nominated on Thursday said that she will not attend the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 28 protesting over Donald Trump’s expected decision to impose visa bans on Iranians.
Alidoosti tweeted and informed everyone that she will boycott the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony to oppose Trump. Alidoosti tweeted, “Trump’s visa ban for Iranians is racist. Whether this will include a cultural event or not, I won’t attend the Academy Awards 2017 in protest.”
On the other side, a longer post on her Instagram page, she wrote, “Trump’s visa ban for Iranians and others is a racist move and unacceptable. Whether this will include a cultural event or not, I won’t attend the #AcademyAwards 2017 in protest.” Both posts were widely shared, with the Instagram post receiving over 200,000 likes.
Interestingly, restrictions on all Iranian nationals entering the US are part of Donald Trump’s expected new measures against seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. But the ban is not yet confirmed. Trump earlier stated that his plan is not a Muslim ban but the countries that have tremendous terror.
If this bill is passed by the US then visa applications from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen will be stopped for a month. Whereas it will also suspend the US refugee programme for four months as officials draw up a list of low-risk countries.
Notably, Alidoosti is a lead actress in the “The Salesman,” which has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. The movie is directed by Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi.
Meanwhile, it is a great setback for Iranian President as he has pledged to resolve the “misunderstandings” between Iran and the West.