On Sunday night, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for his picture The Salesman. He boycotted the event and deployed Anousheh Ansari, an Iranian engineer and female space tourist, to read a speech on his behalf. As James Barrett reports:
I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of the 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.
Naturally, the Foreign Minister of Iran tweeted his congratulations to Farhadi:
Proud of cast & crew of "The Salesman" for Oscar & stance against #MuslimBan. Iranians have represented culture & civilization for millennia
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) February 27, 2017
It’s worth noting that Iran currently imprisons dissidents and artists on a regular basis, and that Iranian contributions to culture and civilization now come almost entirely from Iranians living abroad. Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism on the planet, and openly calls for the annihilation of the Jewish state.
But that didn’t stop Farhadi from ripping the United States for its travel ban.
This is nothing new from Hollywood, though. Marlon Brando infamously sent a Native American activist Sacheen Littlefeather to the Oscars wearing an Apache costume to accept his Oscar for The Godfather while talking about the evils of American treatment of Native Americans. Michael Moore ripped into the “fictitious president” George W. Bush at the 2003 Oscars to loud applause.
Artists have a right to say what they want on that stage, whether they’re idiots like Vanessa Redgrave in 1978 tearing into “Zionist hoodlums” while pushing for Palestinian terrorism or John Irving promoting Planned Parenthood from the stage. But last night’s display was especially gross – having an emissary from one of the most totalitarian states on the planet smear the United States because of an immigration policy designed to protect it from terrorism rang truly hollow.
Then again, Hollywood’s a pretty hollow place.
Source: The Daily Wire