By: Danielle Groomes
This year at the Oscars, Asghar Farhadi, won best foreign language film for the second time. The difference between this year and before is what he calls the “inhumane” travel ban put in place by Donald Trump. As an act of protest, Asghar Farhadi chose not to attend the Oscars and formally accept his award. He chose to support his fellow Islamic countries and not come to America although he was allowed. Instead of him coming to accept his award and give an acceptance speech, Anousheh Ansari, the first Iranian to go to space, read a statement from him.
After he gave his thanks and showed his appreciation for the award, he went on to why he did not come to the Oscars to receive his award.
“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 US. Dividing the world into the “us” and “our enemies” categories creates fear.”
After that statement it was very clear to how much respect and how much loyalty he had to his country. Instead of taking the invitation to the United States to receive such an honorable award he chose his morals and values and declined the invitation very respectfully.
The applause coming from the crowd showed that the people of America also agreed that this law is unfair and inhumane. He also goes into how these separations justify aggression and war. Asghar Farhadi ad well as the other foreign language nominees all agreed that they disapproved of the acts we are all witnessing in today’s America. The travel ban has traveled and stirred up some complications in the Oscars and we do not know what will come next.