Should Iranian Oscar Nominee Get A ‘Hollywood Exemption’ To The Travel Ban?

Written by Kevin Fobbs on February 3, 2017

Hollywood’s liberal elite can add an Iranian Oscar-nominated director to their predictable adolescent protest list. It seems that When President Trump banned entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim majority nations for 90 days, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi of the film The Salesman was stopped at his border’s edge, and will not be let into the U.S according to CBS News. Is this a reason for the exception to the rule?

In a word, the Hollywood exception should be a resounding no.

Director Farhadi’s no-show appearance at the February Academy Awards, while an inconvenience, does not raise to the level of critical importance when it comes to assessing America’s security over the 90-day period of the executive order. In an Obama America, there would have been no need for an exception, because Obama cared far less about vetting refugees or anyone else creeping, swimming, or flying across America’s borders to do the nation harm.

The new president has made it clear that when it comes to enforcement of the law, the law and order in terms of implementing it should not have frivolous exceptions. Meanwhile the Hollywood and liberal elite crybabies who inhabit that entertainment industry have decided to make Trump and his administration the target at every low-rated award show they can utilize as a public vehicle for attack.

Take Meryl Streep, a noted liberal rhetoric flame-thrower who was honored at the Golden Globes in January for a lifetime of work. She careful aim at then president-elect Trump and unleashed a six-minute venomous diatribe against him. By the way she was a well-known supporter of the equally out-of-touch defeated presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Not to be outdone were the actors at the end of January Screen Actors Guild Awards Ashton Kutcher, the show’s first host, set the tone with his highly emotional yet seriously uninformed remarks by stating, “Everyone in airports that belong in [his] America.” The actor then added, “You are a part of the fabric of who we are, and we love you, and we welcome you,” reported Fortune.

Seriously? Kutcher should perhaps have spent less time on acting and more time on learning about the U.S. Constitution and the powers of the presidency. Perhaps this actor and all the others who want terrorists to come into America as easily as it is done in Germany should let them settle in Beverly Hills, or next door in whatever upper scale exclusive neighborhood they live in.

No, these pampered entertainers love to pronounce about equality and open borders, because they are never personally impacted by the deaths and the anguish that follows from Islamic terrorist attacks.

This sort of embarrassing childishness should only be displayed in the privacy of their Hollywood parties and never in public, because it reveals their incredible ignorance about American law to the entire nation, if not the world, when they call Trump racist. The president is not racist, but perhaps their hero, former president Obama was.

After all, it was his list of the seven countries that the Congress, with Obama’s backing, approved and he signed into law. Hollywood, was it racist for the former president to target the seven Muslim majority countries Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen for the three-month immigration pause?

Not in the least. That is why, when it comes to Hollywood and its actors and directors, hypocrisy is deadly and whether it is an Iranian movie director who is stopped at the nation’s edge or a terrorist who travels to the nation and blows up or shoots innocent Americans, no exceptions should be allowed. Not ever!

Image: By Georges Biard, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Share if you agree, nominated for an Oscar or not, this Iranian film director should not be allowed into the US while the temporary ban is in effect.

Kevin Fobbs
Kevin Fobbs has more than 35 years of wide-ranging experience as a community and tenant organizer, Legal Services outreach program director, public relations consultant, business executive, gubernatorial and presidential appointee, political advisor, widely published writer, and national lecturer. Kevin is co-chair and co-founder of AC-3 (American-Canadian Conservative Coalition) that focuses on issues on both sides of the border between the two countries.