Asghar Farhadi Boycotts The Oscars ‘Out Of Respect’ For People Affected By President Trump’s Immigration Ban
Viewers were stunned when Iranian actor Asghar Farhadi lectured President Trump on democracy and human rights at the Academy Awards Sunday night.
Though Farhadi won the award for “Best Foreign Language Film,” he boycotted the awards show and had someone read a statement in his place instead.
Asghar Farhadi just won Best Foreign Film for The Salesman and is boycotting the #Oscars over Trump's travel ban. His statement pic.twitter.com/a4KKVXIDq6
— Colin Jones (@colinjones) February 27, 2017
People watching at home were stunned.
Wait… The guy from Iran is pissed at the US for being discriminatory? #Oscars
— Elisha (@ElishaKrauss) February 27, 2017
A person from Iran preached to us about acceptance and democracy? So let's talk about how your country execute's homosexuals.. #Oscars
— Chris McCumber (@Chr1sMcCumber) February 27, 2017
#Oscars so the director from Iran is going to lecture us about a democracy? Was that supposed to a joke??
— waldo4th (@WalterBowick) February 27, 2017
@CharlesPPierce The Iranian guy lectured us on democracy + humanity. Iran the most antisemitic country. They execute gays.Hollywood cheered.
— Brady Nichols (@bradynichols85) February 27, 2017
So now we're getting lectures from Iran whose government would kill nearly everyone in that room, especially the LGBTQs #Oscars
— Steve Kinnan (@svkinnan) February 27, 2017
A guy from Iran just lectured America on human rights and decency.
— Derek Pruett (@DintheICT) February 27, 2017
So someone from Iran just lectured America on human rights…to the applause of Hollywood. That is so out of… https://t.co/jmrwI0DKg8
— D Gutierrez (@Big_Blue15) February 27, 2017
So a guy from Iran just lectured America about human rights and democracy, to lusty applause from Hollywood. Too perfect.
— Tyler Hoffman (@Thoff87) February 27, 2017
I completely agree with opposing Trump. But, if you're from Iran, maybe criticize your own much worse government as well?
— Rob (@richards84) February 27, 2017