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Iran Boycotts 2013 Oscar Race Over Anti-Islam 'Innocence of Muslims'

by Beth Hanna
September 25, 2012 2:19 PM
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After winning the Best Foreign-Language Oscar in 2012 for "A Separation," Iran will not be participating in the 2013 Oscar race. The country has decided to boycott the Oscars to protest the incendiary "Innocence of Muslims" film that has been linked to violent and deadly uprisings in the Muslim world from Egypt to Pakistan, including the murder of the well-respected U.S. Ambassador in Libya. This action comes as the U.S. continues to condemn the film, including an impassioned President Obama Tuesday at the U.N.

Iran's cultural minister Mohammed Hosseini reportedly told the Associated Press that the country initially planned to submit Seyyed Reza Mir-Karimi's "A Cube of Sugar" to the race, but that "Innocence of Muslims," which portrays Mohammed as a false prophet and sexual deviant, is too grave an insult to be ignored.

"A Cube of Sugar" focuses on a family gathering for a wedding that turns tragic.


  • shapoor | September 27, 2012 4:56 AMReply

    fuc k shapoor heydari

  • mohammad mus | September 27, 2012 4:49 AMReply

    fuc k americans because of this anti muslims movie

  • Ra. S. | September 26, 2012 10:27 AMReply

    Lighten up and get over it you muslims!

  • Payam Abdi | September 26, 2012 7:00 AMReply

    We Iranians, like the rest of the Muslims, are sad about this offensive movie. But with a little bit of logic, we can see that there is no connection between the lunatic who made that movie and the Oscars. But the government of Iran is not... well, is not balanced and they really don't understand the circumstances and regularities of movie making in the U.S. They believe that all over the world, it is the government who has to authorize a movie to be made.

  • Andrew | September 26, 2012 10:01 AM

    No, your government knows what it's doing, they're not stupid and ignorant like, sadly, a large percentage of the Muslim population.

  • Steve | September 26, 2012 2:02 AMReply

    What a loss.

  • Jens | September 25, 2012 9:46 PMReply

    It's still very shocking to me how entire nations blame all of USA for a small film some amateur made. It's ridiculous.

  • Jorge | September 25, 2012 9:25 PMReply

    As if it wasn't stupid enough to relate a bunch of idiots with access to a camera and youtube, to film making, now they are punishing Hollywood with their withdrawal?

    If some bigot goes throws a stone at a mosque what will the do in retribution? Kills some tourists and then shoot themselves in a foot?

  • Ra. S. | September 26, 2012 10:29 AM

    That's probably what a muslim will do. There are very scary people. I don't understand why people sympathize with them.

  • Jay | September 25, 2012 8:01 PMReply

    I only wonder if they would have still boycotted had "A Separation" been their entry for this year.

  • Payam | September 26, 2012 7:01 AM

    Well, yes, unfortunately they would have.

  • CppThis | September 25, 2012 7:28 PMReply

    I'm all for it. Keep it coming fellas, there's still a few massively deluded idealists in the West who haven't figured out that Iran is run by theocratic imperialists bent on starting WWIII. Remind us all how, in the eyes of the mullahs, anyone who disagrees with them anywhere on the planet simply shouldn't be allowed to exist.

  • Justin Timberlake | September 25, 2012 5:17 PMReply

    Boo F'n hoo. Cry us a river.

  • John Mayer | September 25, 2012 4:56 PMReply

    Foolish and just as wreck less as those turning to violence.

  • KS | September 25, 2012 4:12 PMReply

    Oh, boo hoo. So the Iranian government is depriving all of the hard working people who worked on whatever films may have been submitted because some crackpot made a movie trailer with the sole intention of stirring up controversy.

    American society does not owe anyone anything regarding "Innocence of Muslims". It is freedom of speech, as distasteful as it may have been. The reaction to it is even more disgusting than the film (which was never made, btw) could ever be.

  • sohail | September 25, 2012 4:02 PMReply

    i am happy that the Govt is stupid atleast on one good thing. usually they just ignore things and dont do any thing. and its responsibilty of american society to clear there name ,by arresting film makers ,because they are spreading hate toward america .its a major issue .why should a few film makers be alowed to misslead world toward america. plus hurting 1.3 billion people is no small deal. so as humans right americans should act against the movie

  • J. C | September 26, 2012 3:41 AM

    Bet you feel really clever now you ignorant pathetic moron.

  • Patrick | September 25, 2012 10:28 PM

    Hurting 1.3 billion because of free speech? Get over yourself, Christianity is constantly demonized but I guess followers of that religion arent as hateful/ignorant as Muslims outside of America. Hypocrisy at its best...o and its widely known that Muhammad was a murdering pedophile hahaaaaaaaa....

  • Arash | September 25, 2012 3:48 PMReply

    It's government's decision!
    We Iranians know that that stupid movie is nothing to do with American society.
    So government's decision is as stupid as that movie.

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