The irony of an Iranian director schooling the United States on humanitarian issues at Sunday night’s Oscars is not lost on me. Asghar Farhadi refused to participate when he won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for the movie “Salesman.” His reason? President Trump’s travel ban.
When presenters Charlize Theron and Shirley MacLaine announced the win for “The Salesman” during the 89th annual Academy Awards, Iranian-American engineer Anousheh Ansari accepted the award on Farhadi’s behalf.
Here is video.
This is an except from his acceptance speech given by Ansari.
“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,” she said, reading a statement from Farhadi. “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 whom 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 fear. A deceitful justification for aggression and war,” she continued. “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.”
The Hollywood audience applauded with glee after the letter was read. Hearing the Iranian Farhadi call the executive order “inhumane” got the biggest applause. Well, let me tell you a few things. The biggest irony is Farhadi and those in attendance never stand up against inhumane acts against Iranian citizens. Women under Sharia are treated very inhumanely in Iran.
Iran needs a lecture
This director has the nerve to call President Trump’s politics inhumane while Iran’s political system uses Sharia law. Iranian laws are openly anti-Semitic and anti-Western. Iran, using Sharia law, regularly executes Chrisitans. People who leave the religion are called apostates, and the Koran mandates they be executed. Public executions by hanging are common in Iran. Why doesn’t this Iranian director and Hollywood come out against the murder of homosexuals in Iran? There is no such thing as freedom of speech or freedom of religion in Iran, yet Farhadi thinks he has the moral ground to school the United States.
Everyone in the world knows how harsh Iran punishes its people. I won’t stand for this Iranian director talking down my Trump or the U.S. because we choose to protect ourselves from terror hot spots with a temporary travel ban. Iran has no record of human rights, and this Iranian director has no right to school Americans on human rights. Fix your own country before you come here to tell us what to do.