Iranian actress to boycott Oscars over Trump's 'racist' Muslim ban

Iranian actress to boycott Oscars over Trump's 'racist' Muslim ban
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The star of an Iranian film nominated for an Oscar has said she will boycott next month’s Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood in protest at US President Trump’s proposed ban on immigrants from severa

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The star of an Iranian film nominated for an Oscar has said she will boycott next month’s Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood in protest at US President Trump’s proposed ban on immigrants from several Muslim nations.

Taraneh Alidoosti, 33 and born in Tehran, described the move as racist.

In “The Salesman”, Alidoosti plays one half of an Iranian couple whose life becomes strained as they take part in the American stage classic “Death of a Salesman”.

The film by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has been nominated for a foreign-language Oscar. It has already won prizes at film festivals in Cannes, Chicago and Munich.

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 pic.twitter.com/CW3EF6mupo

— Taraneh Alidoosti (@t_alidoosti) January 26, 2017

An executive order expected to be signed by Trump in the 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.

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