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Iranian star to boycott Oscars

dpa logodpa 26/01/2017

Iran's most prominent actress says she won't be going to the Oscars because Donald Trump "does not respect the people of my country".

The Iranian star of an Oscar-nominated film says she'll boycott the film awards in protest of US president Donald Trump's proposed "visa bans" on some Muslim countries.

Taraneh Alidoosti, Iran's most prominent actress and a star of the Oscar-nominated film The Salesman, called restrictions expected to be proposed on people from Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries "racist".

"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," she wrote on Twitter.

Alidoosti, 33, told the New York Times that she decided not to go even if the ban does not affect her ability to get a visa.

"It's not acceptable to me to respect a state that does not respect the people of my country," she said.

The proposed restrictions on visas for people from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen are part of a draft executive order by Trump, which US media outlets reported on Wednesday .

Media reports indicate the order could be signed into law as early as Thursday but it was unclear what rules a final version would include.

The Salesman is nominated for best foreign film at this year's Academy Awards.

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