The star of Iran‘s Oscar nominated movie “The Salesman“ said on Thursday she would not attend the Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood next month because of US President Donald Trump‘s proposed ban on immigrants from Muslim nations.Taraneh Alidoosti, 33, a Tehran-born actress, said the move was 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,“ Alidoosti said on Twitter.

An executive order expec ted 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.

`The Salesman’, 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 “Shahrzad.“ REUTERS