The actress of the Iranian movie "The Salesman" nominated for this year’s Academy Awards, said on Thursday she would not attend Oscar Awards ceremony in Hollywood due for next month due to the ban of immigrants from Muslim nations executed by new President of United STates, Donald Trump.
33 year old Tehran born actress, Taraneh Alidoosti, said the proposal was racist.
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 tweeted.
An executive order is expected to be signed by Trump in the coming days which will will block the entry of Syrian refugees to the United States and bar the entry of any immigrants from Muslim-majority countries Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Yemen.
In "The Salesman," Alidoosti plays one half of an Iranian couple whose life becomes strained as they take part in a production of the American stage classic "Death of a Salesman."
The film, by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, was nominated on Tuesday for a foreign-language Oscar, and has won prizes at film festivals in Cannes, Chicago and Munich.
Alidoosti has also appeared in the popular Iranian TV soap opera "Shahrzad."