'The Salesman' protagonist boycotts Oscars over Trump's `racist` VISA ban

| Updated: Jan 27, 2017 23:30 IST

London, Jan.27 (ANI): Looks like U.S. President Donald Trump's 'anti-Muslim' statements have started sparking controversies. Already. According to The Guardian, the lead actor of an Iranian drama, nominated for an Oscar in the best foreign language film category has decided to boycott this year's ceremony over Trump's expected decision to impose visa bans on Iranians. Asghar Farhadi's 'The Salesman' protagonist, Taraneh Alidoosti said, "I consider the blanket ban on my fellow countrymen to be racist. I would boycott the awards ceremony." She went on to say, "Even if I was excluded from the ban - despite it being the first time I qualified to attend, I would boycott the awards ceremony." Taking her anger to her Twitter handle she tweeted, "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" Although Trump's new measures against seven Muslim-majority countries - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are expected but not confirmed.(ANI)