Tapper Blasts Iranian Leader For Praising Anti-Trump Oscar Speech

Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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CNN anchor Jake Tapper blasted Iranian foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif after he praised the “The Salesman” film cast and crew for protesting President Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban.”

On Monday, Tapper tweeted how Iran has treated filmmakers in the past, which included long jail sentences and not being permitted to leave the country for decades. His tweets come after Zarif tweeted, “Proud of cast & crew of ‘The Salesman’ for Oscar & stance against #MuslimBan. Iranians have represented culture & civilization for millennia.” (RELATED: CNN’s Jake Tapper Gets Testy With Russia Today Reporter)

89th Academy Awards - Oscars Backstage - Hollywood, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 - Anousheh Ansari and Firouz Naderi pose with the Oscar they accepted on behalf of Asghar Farhadi, who won the Best Foreign Language Film for "The Salesman". REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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“A few words about this tweet by the Iranian foreign minister …,” Tapper tweeted. (RELATED: After Spicer Scolded Reporters Who Called Executive Order A ‘Ban,’ Jake Tapper Said This)


“2/Iran regularly jails its filmmakers. Such as Keywan Karimi guilty of ‘insulting sanctities’ in October 2015,” he added.


“3/Jafar Panahi was sentenced to six years in prison for trying to make an ‘antiregime’ documentary,” he continued.

On Sunday, Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi blasted Trump’s travel ban as “inhumane” during his acceptance speech at the Oscars. The director did not attend the 89th Annual Academy awards show in protest of Trump’s travel ban. In a statement read by a friend at the ceremony, he said the ban was nothing but a “deceitful justification for aggression and war.”