Day 8 — Trump on Iranian filmmaker unable to attend Oscars because of Muslim ban — “probably a terrorist”
(Here is an italicized disclaimer that this is satire and not actual reporting so your Uncle Steve doesn’t share this on Facebook and think that it’s real)
President Donald Trump referred to Iranian filmmaker and Oscar award-winner Asghar Farhadi, who will not be able to attend the 2017 Academy Awards because of the travel ban on Muslims, as “probably a terrorist”.
“Trust me, this is one of the bad guys. Why do we need this guy? We don’t need this guy,” Trump told press at the White House early Saturday morning. “We have fantastic, fantastic filmmakers already in this country. Michael Bay, anyone that casts Jon Voight in something, the best of the best. Why do we need this guy?”
President Trump signed an executive order Friday afternoon that placed a 90-day ban on citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen — from entering the country. The executive order also includes an indefinite ban of Syrian refugees and a 120-day suspension of entry into the U.S. for all other refugees.
Farhadi, the writer and director of a critically acclaimed movie that isn’t La La Land, was nominated for his second ever Academy Award this year and his inability to attend the ceremony as an Iranian citizen is causing outrage across Hollywood.
“I know Mr. Trump personally, but this is racist,” contestant on Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice 3 and barely a celebrity Mark McGrath told TMZ reporters. “It’s just flat-out racist.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that the President read a Wikipedia plot summary of The Salesman, the movie for which Farhadi is nominated for best foreign language film at this year’s Oscars, and was unsettled when he read that the main characters “play the lead roles in a local rendition of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.”
“Death…of a…salesman”, Trump emphasized to Spicer. “I’ve sold many, many products. The best products. And as the best salesman, this is a direct threat to my safety. Not just my safety, but the safety of all American salesmen and women, and terrorists like Asiago Farhadi cannot be allowed into this country.”
In 2012, Asghar Farhadi won the Academy Award for best foreign language film for A Separation, which is also an apt description of the political divide in the United States at the moment.