Trump’s State Department is handed the wrong Oscar envelope.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and their accountants – handing Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty the wrong Best Picture envelope – denied Moonlight the honor it had earned.

No matter that they caught the error. The screw up soaked up all the attention that Moonlight deserved.

I was taken to task by someone yesterday for spending too much time commenting on the Oscars.

But I disagree.

What happens in popular culture is important.

The fight for the equal  representation of all of us in the images we see is important. My critic called it “all bullshit.”

No it’s not.

And then there is this.

A State Department Twitter account posted then deleted Monday a message congratulating the prominent Iranian director who condemned President Trump’s “inhumane” travel ban on his Oscar win.

The official State Department Persian-language Twitter account, @USAdarFarsi, congratulated Asghar Farhadi for winning best foreign-language film for “The Salesman,” as Reuters first reported.

The tweet was first posted on the account at 1 a.m. ET but later deleted.

“A congratulatory tweet was posted,” a State Department spokeswoman told Reuters. “We later removed the post to avoid any misperception that the USG (U.S. government) endorsed the comments made in the acceptance speech.”

A second department official confirmed that the decision to delete the tweet was made within the State Department.

Farhadi, who boycotted the awards ceremony in protest of Trump’s immigration executive order, prepared a statement that was delivered by Anousheh Ansari, the first Iranian in space, and former NASA director for solar system exploration Firouz Naderi, who accepted the Oscar on the director’s behalf.

“I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S,” Farhadi said in the statement.

“Dividing the world into the ‘us’ and ‘our enemies’ categories creates fears. A deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries, which have themselves been victims of aggression.”

The 2/24 episode of Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers is available online.

3 Replies to “Trump’s State Department is handed the wrong Oscar envelope.”

  1. Good for anyone who speaks out against Trump’s encouragement of hatred and fear.

    If two Indian immigrants had killed one white man Trump would be up Twittering all night. His idea of “Make America Great” is to discriminate against everyone who isn’t white male. He has unleashed a bias that totally goes against traditional American values.
    Quartz: The infuriating silence of Donald Trump over an Indian engineer’s murder in Kansas
    Devjyot Ghoshal

    …the voluble president hasn’t uttered a word on the shooting in Kansas that killed 32-year-old Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla and injured two others. Kuchibhotla and his colleague, Alok Madasani, were grabbing a beer at a bar in Olathe when they were attacked by 51-year-old Adam Purinton, who apparently mistook them for Middle Eastern men. Ian Grillot, a patron who tried to intervene, was seriously injured.

    “Get out of my country,” Purinton allegedly shouted, before opening fire.

    So far, the Trump administration has said precious little. When White House press secretary Sean Spicer was asked about a possible link between Trump’s rhetoric and rising racist violence, his response was this: “Obviously, any loss of life is tragic, but I’m not going to get into, like, to suggest that there’s any correlation I think is a bit absurd. So I’m not going to go any further than that.”

    Trump’s silence is unsettling—and infuriating—for more than one reason.
    By choosing not to openly condemn the attack in Kansas at a time when the US is deeply divided along racial lines, Trump risks giving the impression that he cares little for America’s influential Indian immigrants—or Indians in general.

    “If the situation in Kansas were reversed, if two Indian immigrants attacked a group of white patrons to intimidate the larger community, there’s little question that Trump would respond with anger and condemnation,” Slate’s Jamelle Bouie wrote last week….

  2. Let’s wait & see if Melissa McCarthy–oops, I meant Sean Spicer–can find out who “leaked” the congratulations.
    “You’re fired!”

  3. “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” President D.D. Eisenhower
    Peace on earth! Dr. Charles W. Birch, citizen

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