Iranian actor to shun Oscars due to proposed US ‘Muslim’ ban
Taraneh Alidoosti calls immigrant plans by new president Donald Trump ‘racist’
Actor Taraneh Alidousti in Tehran, Iran. Photograph: Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images
Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti in a scene from, The Salesman. The film is nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film. The 89th Academy Awards will take place on February 26th. Photograph: Cohen Media Group via AP
The star of Iran’s Oscar-nominated movie, The Salesman, said on Thursday she would not attend the Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood next month because of US president Donald Trump’s proposed ban on immigrants from Muslim nations.
Taraneh Alidoosti, (33), a Tehran-born actress, said the move 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 said on Twitter.
An executive order expected to be signed by Trump in coming days will block the entry to the United States of Syrian refugees, and suspend the entry of any immigrants from Muslim-majority countries Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Yemen.
Tweet by Taraneh Alidoosti
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.
Alidoosti has also appeared in the popular Iranian TV soap opera, Shahrzad.