Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti is boycotting the Academy Awards next month (Feb17) to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's temporary ban on citizens from her country entering America.
The actress' movie, The Salesman, has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, but Alidoosti will not be attending the Oscars, according to the New York Times.
Earlier this week (ends27Jan17), President Trump announced he would temporarily suspend travel visas for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
Following his announcement, the actress took to Twitter to express her dismay.
“Trump’s visa ban for Iranians is racist," she wrote on Twitter. "Whether this will include a cultural event or not, I won’t attend the #AcademyAwards 2017 in protest."
“I decided not to go even if I could, because it hurts me deeply to see ordinary people of my country being rejected for what might be their legal right to have access to their children abroad or to their school classes as students,” she added in an email.
“I’m sure the United States has also benefited many times from Iranian immigrants and people who have worked there and served that country, so it’s not acceptable to me to respect a state that does not respect the people of my country.”
The Salesman will compete against Land of Mine, A Man Called Ove, Tanna, and Toni Erdmann for the 2017 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.