Asghar Farhadi Oscars

Oscar Winner Asghar Farhadi Skips Awards in Protest of President Trump's Travel Ban — Watch Full Statement

One of the biggest moments at the 89th Academy Awards came courtesy of someone who wasn’t even there.

The Salesman‘s writer-director Asghar Farhadi (pictured above at the 2014 Oscars) won the award for Best Foreign Language Film, but chose not to attend the event in protest of President Donald Trump’s recent travel ban against several nations, including Farhadi’s home country of Iran.

Instead, the following statement was read on his behalf:

It’s a great honor to be receiving this valuable award for the second time. … I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans [the] entry of immigrants into the U.S. Dividing the world into the ‘us’ and ‘our enemies’ categories creates fear, a deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which themselves have been victims of aggression. Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nations and religions. They create empathy between us and others, an empathy that we need today more than ever.

Watch footage of Farhadi’s statement below:

Your thoughts on Farhadi using his win to make a powerful political statement? Drop ’em in a comment below.

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  1. Michaela says:

    Yawn. This is exactly why I chose not to watch this year. A bunch of overpaid narcissists sitting in a room giving praise to each other and trying to shove their political beliefs down other people’s throats.
    Wish Hollywood would open their eyes, venture out of their bubble and realize that their opinions are not the majority in this country. They’re so out of touch with the average American.

    • Pamela says:

      Millions in the bank and partying with their famous friends who all share the same beliefs like sheep. Most of them have no idea what the real world is like for “everyday” people. you can’t watch award shows if that’s your thing anymore because they force their opinions down your throats if you do and the people who organize them don’t care or don’t do anything to take the politics out because then they’ll be bashed or boycotted by the stars for telling them to stick the subject of the awards show.

      • Mary says:

        Yet you may not have millions in the bank but I bet you party with your friends and share the same beliefs. guarantee those actors and actress have given back to charities and social issue 100% more than number 45. Again ignorant statement because ANYONE who is a citizen has the right to voice their opinion, even you, because the are AMERICANS first.

    • James says:

      If an actor like Meryl Streep can act the hell out of a script, delivering a top-notch performance, then it’s worth the millions of dollar she gets in headlining those movies.

      • Let’s be honest! Meryl Streep should stick to acting….something she apparently knows about … and stay the hell out of politics….because every time she opens her mouth she reveals her extreme ignorance about President Donald J. Trump and the MILLIONS of American people who voted for him and who still support him —Streep, unfortunately, has never taken the time to get real information about Trump… or his supporters — it is clear that she has just been listening to the fake news and denigrating sound bites blasted 24/7 by the mendacious and anti-Trump agenda driven msm!

        In any case, strange as it may seem, if Streep took this role and decided to accept playing the part of an ignorant and aging female Hollywood star who does not have a clue about what MANY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS think and feel…if that was her desire then she has nailed it…..she should win another Oscar for such stupidity and asinine behavior portrayed to perfection! She has got my vote! LOL

        By the way, due to her ignorant actions and harsh words, many Americans, me included will not be spending another dime on her movies … Sorry, but I will never be able to see or watch her again as an actress without remembering her nasty and false accusations regarding President Trump ….and me, as one of his millions of supporters.

        • Mary says:

          Umm I see you still believe in those Alternative Facts that his paid mouth piece spew. Seriously there is no hope for his sheep because they refuse to actually listen to what comes out of his mouth. I guess he was correct, he could shoot someone on fifth ave. and you wouldn’t bat a eyelash. Seriously, maybe you should stick to your profession because you obviously don’t care to hear the real information.

          • Lucifer says:

            I hear what comes out of Trump’s mouth, and yes, it is troubling. However, when I see what he is doing, he’s actually following the laws and the constitution. Despite the claims that Trump is an authoritarian because of his words, his actions say otherwise. Obama was the opposite, soft-spoken and calm, but his actions was very authoritarian. In fact, Obama and congress were the ones that drafted the original travel ban that Trump adopted. So continue to throw out “alternative facts” so that you don’t have to actually give a response, but the actual information is out there, you just have to find it yourself because the media won’t tell you it.

      • Matthew Ward says:

        Take a look at her track record…most of her ‘wonderful performances’ come from movies that make little money or even lose some

    • Yes, you are absolutely right! Furthermore, evidently, this guy must be a terrorist or has some terrorist affiliations …OTHERWISE … why would he be afraid to come back to the USA to claim his award? Was he afraid that our new EXTREME VETTING — that President Trump has rightly put into place……might have triggered some alarms about him and his REAL IDENTITY… so he rightfully did not even dare try to set foot back in the USA?!

      If that is the case, then I hope this sends a STRONG warning to ALL the potential illegal immigrants and jihadis posing as refugees who think that they can just waltz in and out of the USA! Hey, the party is OVER! Thank God, Trump won this election! Our prayers have been answered….now all President Trump has to do is keep on doing what he promised to do during his campaign….WIN…WIN… WIN…and I am happy to say that so far he has done an excellent job! Let’s all work together to MAGA! :)

      • Per Zoso says:

        Then what about the white guy from Kansas who actually committed acts of terrorism by shooting at innocent fellow Americans the other day, killing them?

      • Mary says:

        Ignorance is not an excuse make assumptions, all it does is make an a… out of you. Obviously you didn’t read or comprehend his statement.

    • Tina says:

      40% is not the majority. The majority of the country do not agree with the current political leaders and the majority of the people did not vote for them. Your statement sounds like a Betsy DeVos statement confusing majority and minority

    • Mary says:

      See that is where you are totally wrong. The majority did not vote for him, so your statement is alternative facts. Ironic how you all claim these people can’t understand the average American, and yet you voted for a clueless man who was handed money and lives in a tacky gold apartment. A man who has screwed the average man and files bankruptcy when his ventures fail. I don’t know what you do for a living but why do you feel that you have the right to voice your opinion and yet these citizens do not. Ignorance is not an excuse to by a hypocrite.

  2. Pat says:

    You won’t be missed. LOL

  3. Lenny says:

    I am glad he stayed feeding his goats….

  4. James Moore says:

    I’m sure President Trump cares.

  5. Clara says:

    I appreciate Asghar Farhadi using his time in the spotlight to draw attention to this issue. His statement was eloquent, intelligent and compassionate; during these turbulent times we all need more empathy. There have been no terror attacks in the US committed by refugees. Refugees already undergo stringent vetting. If this travel ban had really been based on past security threats Saudi Arabia would be at the top of the list of countries banned since nearly all of the 9/11 attackers were Saudi. The US Constitution forbids religious discrimination, we must not abandon that principle.

  6. Melanie A says:

    Stay in Iran and enjoy how far that gets you, you delusional anti-American dummy! 😘

    • Christian says:

      Idiot !

    • Mary says:

      Seriously many of you need to learn how to write a coherent sentence without name calling. I have notice that is the usually MO when his supporters cannot come up with an intelligent response.

      • loveNY says:

        If you’re going to police language, etc, make sure you yourself made no mistakes first. In case you missed it: “I have notice” should be “I have noticed.”

      • Lucifer says:

        Tacking onto LoveNY’s statement, you should also not respond to every comment you disagree with by using words like”sheep” and “ignorant.” Not to mention the new favorite buzzword from the left after Nazi, “alternative facts.”

  7. James says:

    I think it was for another person, one of the crewmembers who worked in a documentary that George Clooney produced was from Syria and was barred entry.

  8. Lucifer says:

    Yeah, that crewmember was actually barred from leaving by his own country, not the ban.