An Iranian Director’s Letter Was Read At The Oscar’s Last Night. But Hollywood Forgot One MAJOR Thing

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, winner of the Best Foreign Film Award for 'A Separation,' poses in the press room at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Director Asghar Farhadi didn’t show up at the Oscars yesterday to accept his award for best foreign language film, and instead, sent a letter that lectured America on the wrongs of President Trump’s travel ban.

One major problem? He sent the letter from Iran—a country that bans Jews and persecutes gays.

Check it out (via IJR):

The Washington Post accurately reported in June:

In accordance with sharia law, homosexual intercourse between men can be punished by death, and men can be flogged for lesser acts such as kissing. Women may be flogged.

“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 entry of immigrants to the U.S.,” the letter stated.

Farhadi’s letter did not mention his own country’s inhumane human rights violations.


The letter continued:

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“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 have themselves been victims of aggression.

Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others. An empathy that we need today more than ever.”

The hypocrisy of the Hollywood left is entirely lost on them. Following the reading of Farhadi’s letter, the Academy Awards roared with applause.


    • This article suggests nothing of the kind. In America, millions have protested abortion. Farhadi has yet to be critical of his government, his jabs have been against Iran’s social class structure, not its theocratic horrors. Learn to analyze.

        • But like all things, compassion is two-sided. Who do you feel compassion towards, the Middle East refugees fleeing chaos? Or the American families who have experienced terrorism at the hands of emigres or their immediate families?

  1. Make a movie about the treatment of protestors, dissidents and activists in your own country and see how the government responds. Then tell me again how bad America is.

  2. He needs to make movies for the Iranian Academy Awards. Perhaps they can be about gays flying off buildings or non muslims losing their heads.

  3. The Iranians’ national position is that the US is the great Satan. Therefore, why would any of them want to come here? The travel ban shouldn’t bother them, yet they whine and moan about Trump keeping them from the lair of Satan.

  4. the director mentioned above could have attended the awards , as there is no ban at present . the main reason he did not attend is because of his feelings towards jews . its the jews who control hollywood .

  5. Stay in Iran, The Movie Stars , Directors, Comedians, The Voice, Singers, just need to stay out of politics and do the only thing they think they are good at ACTING to Entertain us.There is a Whole list of Actors, Singers and Comedians I DO NOT watch because of their stupidity of opening their mouth when it doesn’t need to be opened. I hope everyone of them fail

  6. What makes you think this filmmaker is not also against his country ‘banning Jews and persecuting gays’? Why can’t he be against that AND Trump’s ban? He probably is

    • Really? Farhadi is known for “looking beyond the mullahs and morality police into lives of ordinary Iranians”. In other words, he’s a useful idiot quite content to let the fascist murderers ply their trade. But then again, so does the American left. See: Obama, Kerry, et al.

      • Just the opposite! if you look at the history of cinema in communist and fascist countries, filmmakers of real talent and humanity are forced to make films about ordinary people to because if they made films about politics they would either 1. have to lie and make everything look rosy or 2. tell the truth and see their films be destroyed and be put in jail. Often these films about ‘ordinary people’ are filled with metaphors and hidden critiques of the regime. The Iranian filmmaking industry is actually one of the few spheres of life were people are telling the truth and challenging the government, even if it is done in a subtle, understated way. Check out THIS IS NOT A FILM for a great example of this

  7. Iran doesn’t ban Jews. There are Jewish Iranians. A lot fewer than under the Shah, but there are still some there. My wife is Iranian, not Jewish, but some of her friends are. This Farhadi is a useful/useless idiot, who curries favor by not criticizing the Mullahs and has popular support as the Iranian people, beaten down, subjugated and abused for decades, cling on to anything that can show to the world at large, that they, too, can produce art. This once great culture gasps for the breath of freedom, all the while coward scum like Obama, in 2009, when the Iranians rose up against the oppressive butchers in the Green Revolution didn’t say a word. In fact, I wouldn’t doubt he and Iranian born communist Valerie Jarrett weren’t in the White House living quarters watching CNN and giggling like teenage girls for the murder and mayhem.

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