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Iranian actress boycotts Oscars over Trump’s ‘racist’ visa plan

Taraneh Alidoosti, who stars in the Oscar-nominated film “The Salesman,” will not attend the awards ceremony.
Taraneh Alidoosti, who stars in the Oscar-nominated film “The Salesman,” will not attend the awards ceremony. Associated Press

On Tuesday, Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti learned that her movie, “The Salesman,” is nominated for best foreign language film.

On Thursday, she announced that she is boycotting the awards ceremony on Feb. 26 because of Donald Trump’s proposed ban on refugees and others from certain countries - including Iran - from entering the United States.

“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,” the actress tweeted.

Alidoosti stars in the movie about a couple who struggle to keep their relationship together as they perform in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.”

The BBC reports that it’s not clear whether cast members from foreign language film nominees will be invited to the ceremony.

Alidoosti’s boycott came after a draft, eight-page executive order obtained by CNN, that the Associated Press and other media outlets suggest Trump is considering a blanket ban on refugees for up to four months.

The plan would also bar people from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen - predominantly Muslim countries - from entering the United States for 30 days.

The move looks like the “Muslim ban” Trump talked about when he campaigned, advocacy groups charge.

“Make no mistake - whatever language is used in President Trump's executive orders on refugees, immigration and visa programs - Muslims are the sole targets of these orders,” Nihad Awad, the national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said at a news conference in Washington.

“These orders are a disturbing confirmation of Islamophobic and un-American policy proposals made during the presidential election campaign.”

Reaction to Alidoosti’s boycott announcement was mixed - some applause, some derision.

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