The Oscars voting body’s invitation to an Iranian director has drawn criticism on social media among Iranian users who say the director is closely affiliated with the Iranian regime.
In this Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 photo, Iranian film director Narges Abyar gestures gives an interview with The Associated Press at her home, in Tehran, Iran. (AP)
So the #Oscars felt it needed more diverse voices and thought who could bring diversity better than one of Khamenei's favorite "artists", Narges Abyar, whose ties to the worst elements of the regime are undeniable.#Hollywood is indeed corrupt. pic.twitter.com/sX4e7U6tPZ— Saeed Ghasseminejad (@SGhasseminejad) July 2, 2020
Dear Academy,— Mahboubeh Moradi (@mahboubeh_mdi) July 2, 2020
Herewith I inform you about the collaboration between #Narges_Abyar & Owj Arts and Media Organization,Owj is affiliated with the #IRGC
And funded by this terroristic organisation.
As an Iranian militant,I hope u stop ur collaboration with Narges Abyar.@TheAcademy pic.twitter.com/sNde472uwl
Dear @TheAcademy— Feanor (@Feanor_of_Aman) July 1, 2020
Please remove Narges Abyar from your list of members. She makes movies to support a totalitarian regime and spread its facist ideology. It would be such a shame for Iraninan people to have her as their representative in the Academy. #removeAbyar #نرگس_آبیار