On Sunday, Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi was presented with an award for “Best Foreign Language Film” for The Salesman, but decided to boycott the event, and insulted the country that hosted the awards with a statement read by engineer Anousheh Ansari, the first Iranian in space. The award was given to Firouz Naderi, a former NASA director for solar system exploration Firouz Naderi, the Los Angeles Times said.
The Times posted Farhadi’s statement:
It’s a great honor to be receiving this valuable award for the second time. I would like to thank the members of the academy, my crew in Iran, my producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Cohen Media, Amazon and my fellow nominees in the foreign-film category.
I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.
Dividing the world into the “us” and “our enemies” categories creates fears. 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. They create empathy between us and others. An empathy which we need today more than ever. Thank you.
Naturally, liberals, including Hollywood elites applauded the speech.
— ACLU (@ACLU) February 27, 2017
Asghar Farhadi missed accepting an Oscar to make an important point. And I support him. #Oscars
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 27, 2017
Beautiful works from Asghar Farhadi.
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) February 27, 2017
Never mind that there really is no such thing as a #MuslimBan…
— Anna Boegehold (@anna_boeg) February 27, 2017
But many others were outraged:
Asghar Farhadi wins Best Foreign Language film, uses his speech to insult the country hosting the event that just gave him an award. #Oscars
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) February 27, 2017
Wait… The guy from Iran is pissed at the US for being discriminatory? #Oscars
— Elisha (@ElishaKrauss) February 27, 2017
Pictured: director Asghar Farhadi, who hails from a literal theocracy https://t.co/A9e8JaC62z
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) February 26, 2017
Amazing, isn’t it?
#Oscars so the director from Iran is going to lecture us about a democracy? Was that supposed to a joke??
— waldo4th (@wcb4th) February 27, 2017
Amazing, isn’t it? Welcome to the left’s bizarro-world…
Mark Dice breaks it all down:
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