It was supposed to be a night of accolades, fun, and excitement as director Asghar Farhadi was supposed to join Hollywood celebrities for his Oscar nomination for Best Foreign film, The Salesman. Instead, Farhadi was met with a harsh reality: his homeland was put on the list of Muslim countries whose citizens are not being allowed to enter the United States.The awards ceremony is scheduled to be held February 26, 2017, within the 120-day ban set forth by President Trump. Farhadi, deeply offended, told the press that he would not attend the function, even if an “exception” were made for him, standing together with his fellow Iranians now banned from entering the United States.
JFK airport was jammed with protesters on Saturday as hundreds of Muslims were detained and held against their will. The morning started out with a few people standing tall against the executive order. After the press caught wind and social media went viral, JFK became a battleground by evening. The crowd became so vast and influential, a New York Judge fought back and won a stay on the executive order, easing the tension at the airport. Deputy Lee Gelernt stated, “This ruling preserves the status quo and ensures that people who have been granted permission to be in this country are not illegally removed off U.S. soil.”
While the protests certainly made an impact in New York, will the country be able to come together enough to sway the president’s mind regarding his decision to ban all Muslims? Will prominent leaders of other nations, including scientists, academic experts—even Hollywood directors—be denied the freedom to visit America? At this rate, even if the order is reversed, many are left with a sour taste in their mouths, vowing to never come to the States.