Iranian Actor to Boycott Oscars Over 'Racist' Donald Trump U.S. Visa Ban

Taraneh Alidoosti
Taraneh Alidoosti attends "The Salesman" Premiere at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, May 21, 2016. The actor says she will not attend next month's Oscars where the film is nominated for best foreign language feature. Neilson Barnard/Getty

Iranian actor Taraneh Alidoosti, the star of Oscar-nominated foreign language film The Salesman, has vowed to boycott next month's Academy Awards in protest at U.S. President Donald Trump's "racist" visa policies.

Trump is expected to announce a visa ban stopping refugees from at least seven Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for 30 days.

A draft of the executive order, which the White House has yet to comment on, was published by the New York Times this week.

In response to the news, Alidoosti tweeted Thursday:

The actor appears alongside Shahab Hosseini in the acclaimed Iranian drama about a couple whose relationship becomes strained when they star together in a local production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.

The Salesman, which screened in competition at the prestigious Cannes film festival in May 2016, won best screenplay and best actor at the festival.

It is directed by Asghar Farhadi, whose 2011 drama A Separation won best foreign language film at the Oscars.

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