Iranian Director Blasts Trump’s ‘Inhumane’ Travel Ban In Oscar Acceptance Speech

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Asghar Farhadi blasted President Donald Trump’s travel ban as “inhumane” during his acceptance speech at the Oscars Sunday.

The Iranian film director of the movie “The Salesman” won the Oscar for best foreign language film. In protest of the president’s travel ban that would prevent migration from seven Muslim majority countries, the director did not attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards and instead sent a statement to be read by his friend, Anousheh Ansari, that called the ban nothing but a “decietful justification for aggression and war.” (RELATED: Iranian Film Director Skipping Oscars Over Trump Immigration Ban)


“It’s a great honor to be receiving this valuable award for the second time,” Farhadi statement began. “I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those whose other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.” (RELATED: Report: Hollywood Talent Agency Forming PAC To Fight For Diversity)

“Dividing the world into the us and our enemies categories creates fear,” it added. “A deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves been victims of aggression.”

“Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions,” it continued. “They create empathy between us and others. An empathy which we need today more than ever.”


Katie Jerkovich



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