Congratulations on behalf of the U.S. State Department! You, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, won the Oscar for best foreign-language film for The Salesman. And the U.S. State Department couldn't be prouder.

Unfortunately, the State Department deleted their mazel tov at some point. According to Reuters, a spokeswoman said they "removed the post to avoid any misperception that the [U.S. government] endorsed the comments made in the acceptance speech."

Farhadi boycotted the Oscars and sent two Iranian-Americans to accept his tiny gold statue in his stead.


Accepting his award on the director's behalf, Anousheh Ansari—an engineer and the world's "first female space tourist"—read Farhadi's comments on Donald Trump's immigration ban:

"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."


"Dividing the world into the 'us' and 'our enemies' categories creates fear, a deceitful justification for aggression and war."

The "tweet and delete" situation is reminiscent of rogue Twitter accounts from the National Park Service and their shut down by the Interior Department. The president, ironically, does not like the rest of his government having itchy Twitter fingers.

So while the State Department eventually decided not to endorse a common sense sentiment from a great director, we'll always have the screenshots. At least someone in the State Department has some class.