Iranian actress 'boycotts' Oscars over Trump visa plan

January 28, 2017
Source: BBC
Iranian actress 'boycotts' Oscars over Trump visa plan

An Iranian actress has said she is going to boycott the Oscars in protest at Donald Trump's "racist" visa proposals.

Taraneh Alidoosti stars in The Salesman, which is nominated for best foreign language film.

On Thursday, she tweeted: "Trump's visa ban for Iranians is racist. Whether this will include a cultural event or not, I won't attend the Academy Awards 2017 in protest."

The Oscars take place on 26 February.

The Salesman tells the story of a couple whose relationship begins to disintegrate during their performance of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.

It is not yet clear whether cast members from foreign language film nominees have been invited to this year's ceremony.