Conservative Review, by Jordan Schachtel, Feb. 27, 2017:
Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian director of “The Salesman,” ripped into America after receiving the Oscar for best foreign language film Sunday night. In effect, he provided propaganda for — and covered up the atrocities committed by — the regime controlling his country.
Farhadi decided to boycott the 89th Academy Awards in protest of President Donald Trump’s recent travel ban on seven terror-tied countries. Instead of attending, he had female Iranian-American Anousheh Ansari — who would have been forced to wear a head covering while delivering the speech in Iran (or jailed and/or beaten for disobeying Iran’s Islamic penal code for women) — read his anti-American screed.
“I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those from other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.,” Farhadi’s statement said. “Dividing the world into ‘the us’ and ‘our enemies’ categories creates fear, a deceitful justification for aggression and war.”
A curious statement to make, since Asghar Farhadi’s homeland happens to be the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism. The theocratic regime ruling his country aids and arms several international terrorist organizations, and has helped attempt the overthrow of sovereign countries. And speaking of “dividing the world,” hardliners in Farhadi’s Iran have declared the United States “the Great Satan.” Moreover, Iranian officials lead weekly “Death to America” chants after Friday prayers.
Despite the director’s outrage over President Trump, noticeably absent in his statement was a critique or recognition of his own government’s continuous violations of basic human rights. “These wars prevent democracy in human rights in countries which have themselves been the victims of aggression,” Farhadi said in his lecture to America.
With respect to “preventing democracy,” Iran has provided critical support in propping up the brutal Assad regime in Syria, which has been responsible for the vast majority of the hundreds of thousands of deaths in the Syrian civil war. The Iranian regime also provides support for the Houthi Shiite jihadists in Yemen, who have been responsible for untold deaths.
“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 which we need today more than ever,” the Oscar statement concludes.
Actually, in Iran, filmmakers cannot simply “turn their cameras” wherever they want. There is zero free media in the country and all outlets are subject to government censorship.
The Iranian filmmaker put his arrogance and hypocrisy on display for the world to see Sunday night. In doing so, he indirectly propped up a truly evil regime that has the fundamental goal of exporting Islamic totalitarianism worldwide.
If Asghar Farhadi really wants to see real change and prevent human atrocity, he should look inward at the gross and endless atrocities committed by the Iranian regime that he lives under.