Iran actress to boycott Oscars over 'racist' Trump visa ban

Iran actress to boycott Oscars over 'racist' Trump visa ban

The Iranian star of Oscar-nominated film "The Salesman" said Thursday she would boycott the awards in protest at US President Donald Trump's "racist" ban on Muslim immigrants.

"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," tweeted Taraneh Alidoosti, the film's 33-year-old lead actress.

Trump is reportedly poised to stop visas for travellers from seven Muslim countries, including Iran, for 30 days.

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