But in London, thousands gathered in Trafalgar Square in the freezing cold for a special open-air screening of The Salesman, in solidarity with Iranian director #AsgharFarhadi, who boycotted the Oscars due to #DonaldTrump‘s travel ban.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan organised the event to tell the world that #LondonisOpen (and seemingly to give Trump London’s middle finger). In a speech, the UK capital’s first Muslim mayor noted that Trump would “not silence” him and that we must mobilise to oppose the US president, not simply by protesting, but by organising events that celebrate our diversity, whether we’re from “Lebanon or London.” (See part of his speech in the video below. You’ll also get to hear me cheering Khan on. #SorrynotSorry). Continue reading