Taraneh Alidoosti, 33, a Tehran-born actress, said the move
"Trump's visa ban for Iranians is racist. Whether this will
include a cultural event or not, I won't attend the #AcademyAwards
2017 in protest," Alidoosti said on Twitter.
An executive order expected to be signed by Trump in coming days
will block the entry to the United States of Syrian refugees,
and suspend the entry of any immigrants from Muslim-majority
countries Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Yemen.
In "The Salesman," Alidoosti plays one half of an Iranian couple
whose life becomes strained as they take part in a production of
the American stage classic "Death of a Salesman."
The film, by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, was nominated on
Tuesday for a foreign-language Oscar, and has won prizes at film
festivals in Cannes, Chicago and Munich.
Alidoosti has also appeared in the popular Iranian TV soap opera
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant in New York; Editing by Matthew
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