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Iranian Director Asghar Farhadi Won't Attend Oscars, Even If Granted Exception

Iranian Director Asghar Farhadi Won't Attend Oscars, Even If Granted Exception

Just a day after news that Iranian director Asghar Farhadi may not be able to attend the Oscars due to the “Muslim ban,” he has announced that won’t be at the ceremony.

The 44-year-old Oscar-winning director, who is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film for The Salesman, released a statement expressing his thoughts about the situation.

“I regret to announce via this statement that I have decided to not attend the Academy Awards Ceremony alongside my fellow members of the cinematic community,” Asghar said in a statement to the New York Times.

He added, “The possibility of this presence is being accompanied by ifs and buts which are in no way acceptable to me even if exceptions were to be made for my trip.”

Asghar continued on to share his “condemnation” over the “unjust conditions” and other thoughts he would have said to the press if he had attended.

Read his full statement at NYTimes.com.

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  • namers

    Good on him. I’d hate it if they made exceptions for him. Things are spiraling out of control and a Revolution is in the making.

  • Curt Noydb

    Guess he forgot that Democrat Jimmy Carter instilled the same ban on Iranians in the 70s.

  • FerCat

    This is the revolution and there’s a new Supremo in town.

  • Sheet Hade

    Obama signed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act in December 2015. Originally it included Iran, Syria, Sudan or Iraq. In February 2016, the Obama administration added Libya, Somali and Yemen to the list.
    Coincidentally, that’s the same countries on the current TEMPORARY Trump ban.
    It does not mention Muslims, or any other religion

  • Visitor

    That’s integrity –something the GOP lacks. Trump and his ilk know they’re on the wrong side of history. They lack basic human dignity.

  • SquidBillie

    Uhhh….because of the American hostages they held for over a year.

  • summer

    Jimmy Carter was such an anti-semite son of a bitch.

  • disqus_KwgiMZNJ54

    and i think that was in retaliation for the cia-led coup! it’s a back and forth! someone needs to get friendly and make ammends

  • HG

    Good stay out one less idiot to spew politics at an awards show! Lots of boycott cause of Streep the sheep being there already! Guess these idiots were happy when obozo banned Iraqi people for 6 months in 2011? Hypocrites!!

  • HG

    Good stay out one less idiot to spew politics at an awards show! Lots of boycott cause of Streep the sheep being there already! Guess these idiots were happy when obozo banned Iraqi people for 6 months in 2011? Hypocrites!!

  • HG

    Dont forget obozo and carter as well !!!

  • HG

    Dont forget obozo and carter as well !!!

  • HG

    We know the media is all hypocrites

  • HG

    We know the media is all hypocrites

  • FerCat

    Obama did try. And there are still unaccounted for Americans missing in Iran.

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