Odds are liberal-infested Hollywood will gladly comply.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian official said Monday his country should boycott the 2013 Oscars and not field a candidate for the foreign film category in the wake of the anti-Islam video that was made in the United States and that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad.
Javad Shamaghdari, head of the government-controlled cinema agency, said Iran should “avoid” the Hollywood festival. He is quoted by the semi-official Mehr news agency as urging the committee in charge of selecting Iran’s choice to take a step back.
The committee, which works under the cinema agency, already picked “Ye Habbeh Ghand,” or “A Cube of Sugar” — a film about a family wedding turning into a funeral when the groom’s relative dies — to run for best foreign film.
The government has still to endorse the selection for it to become official.
Shamaghdari said the Oscars should be boycotted until the organizers denounce the anti-Islam film entitled “Innocence of Muslims,” which has prompted outrage among Muslims around the world. At least 51 people, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, have been killed in violence linked to protests over the film, which also has renewed debate over freedom of expression in the U.S. and in Europe.
Shamaghdari has in the past been known for his calls to “deprive” Western film festivals of movies made by the Iranian cinema industry.