President Donald Trump issued an executive order last Friday that, according to CNN, “bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days and suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days.” This has caused some truly messy and scary situations. People are being detained at airports. Lawsuits have already been filed against Trump’s ban. And Joss Whedon was accused of calling Ivanka Trump a “Pekingnese” on Twitter. It’s havoc! (He later tweeted that he was actually referring to her “ugly, yappy” father.)
Iranian director, Asghar Farhadi, is nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards this year with The Salesman. From this ban, he might not be there to accept his golden dude if he wins. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is one of the many organizations who aren’t loving this.
An Academy spokesperson released the following statement, “The Academy celebrates achievement in the art of filmmaking, which seeks to transcend borders and speak to audiences around the world, regardless of national, ethnic, or religious differences. As supporters of filmmakers—and the human rights of all people—around the globe, we find it extremely troubling that Asghar Farhadi, the director of the Oscar-winning film from Iran A Separation, along with the cast and crew of this year’s Oscar-nominated film The Salesman, could be barred from entering the country because of their religion or country of origin.”
Taraneh Alidoosti is an Iranian actress who stars in The Salesman, and she tweeted that she won’t be attending the Oscars either way out of protest.
“Trump’s visa ban for Iranians is racist. Whether this will include a cultural event or not,I won’t attend the #AcademyAwards 2017 in protest.”
Flipping Trump the legal bird is a Brooklyn federal judge, The Honorable Ann M. Donnelly. Mother Jones reports that Judge Donnelly issued an emergency stay against the ban last night to stop deportations from happening, “temporarily allowing people who have landed in the United States with a valid visa to remain.” She must have been one of the ladies holding a “Pussy Grabs Back!” sign at the marches.