The Daily Buzz For March 1 💓

Jessica Lange on the cover of OUT Magazine April 2017
WOW……Jessica looks FAB for the cover of OUT. In the article she speaks on Fame, Feuds, and the Feminine Mystique. 
Look for this on newsstands soon.

#RHoA: Sheree Whitfield Weighs In On “Ups & Downs” Of RHOA Cast Throughout Season 9!
Sheree Whitfield has been through a lot on RHOA throughout the years, but somehow she has found peace with most of her Bravo frenemies. She’s a seasoned housewife with tons of insight, and recently she shared some of her knowledge with The Daily Dish!

The bond between Kandi Burruss Tucker, Phaedra Parks, and Porsha Williams has been broken, and she teased that even Phaedra and Porsha, “don’t always see eye-to-eye.” She shared some advice on how to deal with fractured friendships in the spotlight, and I’ll admit it, she has some wise words on this subject!
“You have to be able to know how to be a good friend to have a good friend,” Shereé asserted. Elaborating further, “So I definitely know that you have to be able to trust somebody, so if you don’t completely trust somebody then you guys can’t really move forward in that capacity because you don’t really think this person has your back 100 percent. Phaedra and Porsha, probably, I think friendships go through things — they’ll be OK.”

Sheree reiterated that her time away from RHOA really opened her eyes to the bigger picture, and I’m thinking all housewives could benefit from a Bravo break every now and then!

“Being away and coming back, you realize what’s important and what’s not important. You’re not always going to agree with everybody or some of the things that they do, but I’ve learned how to pick my battles. And backstabbing is just something I’ve never been a part of and I don’t want to be a part of it,” Sheree explained.
Sheree has already been through her fair share of drama during season 9, but she’s hoping that her comeback can shine light on the more important things; while many disagree, I do think Sheree has intended to be the “peace maker” several times. That being said, sometimes her delivery is way off!

“I want to say that I’m kind of facilitating something for these girls — like a conversation that needs to be had. They’re talking about each other behind each others’ backs and I’m kind of the voice of truth. So instead of being messy — some people say it’s messy — I think it’s just holding them accountable for their words. ‘You guys, get together, talk about it. We don’t all need to be there, but you guys need to have this conversation,’” she wrapped!

Your thoughts on Sheree’s advice?

Taraji P. Henson and Jackie Chan Had the Sweetest Reunion on the Oscars Red Carpet
While you were ogling all of the gorgeous dresses on the Oscars red carpet on Sunday, you might have missed this adorably sweet moment between the gorgeous Taraji P. Henson and her former costar Jackie Chan. The actors starred together in the 2010 martial arts film The Karate Kid, a remake of the 1984 original. Jackie spotted Taraji, who was there with her Hidden Figures costars, as she strutted her way on the red carpet and immediately swooped in for a hug. Taraji, who was visibly shocked and excited, shouted, "Oh my God, it's so good to see you!"

New Music Video from Keyshia Cole feat. Remy Ma & French Montana – 'You'
You should know this by now, but don’t mess with Keyshia Cole!

The R&B vixen premieres the Benny Boom-directed music video for her comeback single “You” featuring Remy Ma and French Montana.  The visuals for the breakup anthem open with Keyshia talking to detectives (one played by producer Harmony Samuels), about the disappearance of her boyfriend, but it’s all in her plan, as KC has him tied up in her closet.

After smearing cake on his face and writing liar on his forehead with lipstick, she calls in Remy, who spits her slick verse while picking out tools to torture him with. Bound and tied to an office chair, Keyshia pushes him off the second story of her house into the pool. (Yikes!).  French shows up later to take the now ex-boyfriend, and the woman he cheated with, away in the trunk of his car, leaving them on a dark mountain road at night.

Keyshia is currently prepping for the release of her new album 1111 Reset, which is her first on Epic Records.

Watch her take revenge on her cheating ex HERE

Hip Hop News: Lil’ Kim Teases ‘Ladies Night’ Remake with Remy Ma & Cardi B
Twenty years after the original dropped, Lil’ Kim has revealed plans for a remake of her “Ladies Night” classic.

Over the weekend, the Queen Bee performed at the “Hip-Hop & Soul” concert in Reading, Pa. During her set, she spoke about possibly uniting with Remy Ma and Cardi for a reboot of her female rap anthem “Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix)” from 1997’s Nothing to Lose soundtrack.

“Let me give a shout out to my beautiful sisters that were on this stage earlier,” Kim said at the concert, which also featured Remy and Cardi B. “Cardi B, that’s baby! Remy, bitch, I fucking love your ass. That’s my baby. Maybe y’all might see something in the future. How ’bout that? Another ‘Ladies Night.’ We might be due for that.”

The original “Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix),” which samples Kool & the Gang’s 1979 hit, featured Da Brat, Angie Martinez, Missy Elliott, Lil’ Kim, and the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.

The remake could potentially include Trina, who voiced her support for the all-female collaboration last month.
“There’s so many girls but the platform is not there for this one to do a record with this one and for this to be a big collaboration,” she told Shade 45. “There’s nobody doing that. When there was ‘Ladies Night,’ there was Kim, Missy, Left Eye, Angie Martinez. That’s still one of the most amazing and best records, classic, of all times, but all females. I’m afraid to think we may never have another record like that.”

Remy reposted an excerpt from that interview on her now-private Instagram account last month, saying she was down for a “Ladies Night” revamp, adding hashtags like #ImWithIt and #2017LadiesNight.
Despite the talk of unity, there’s some division in hip-hop as Remy Ma delivered her vicious “shETHER” diss track over the weekend. Fans believe a Nicki Minaj response is set to follow. Meanwhile, Lil’ Kim has yet to settle her long-running feud with Nicki.

Remy Ma recently released her Plata O Plomo joint project with Fat Joe. Meanwhile, Kim is plotting her fifth studio album with a new single and fashion line due to arrive soon.

Halle Berry On Her Oscars Hair-Do: ‘I Celebrate My Natural Hair by Letting It Be Wild and Free’
During The 89th Academy Awards, Halle Berry turned heads as she debuted a new hair-do! She rocked a loose curl ‘do which she felt perfectly accented her Atelier Versace gown.
  “I have always marched to the beat of my own drum, and I think this red-carpet look encapsulates that,” Berry told Vogue.

The actress went on to explain that her gown made her feel “feminine and fresh” and that she wanted to “celebrate [her] natural hair by allowing it to be wild and free.” However, the internet had mixed emotions about her hair and expressed it through memes all night long.

So about Halle’s hair, is it, a hair-do, or a hair-don’t?

The ‘All Def Movie Awards’ Ice Cube, Amber Rose, Mike Epps all snag one.
Russell Simmons’ second annual All Def Movie Awards returned Sunday night, showcasing the diversity in the movie industry. The unconventional ceremony was created in 2016, following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Hosted by Mike Epps, the ceremony aired on Fusion, in direct competition with the Oscar telecast over on ABC. During the ceremony, Simmons explained,

"It’s not that people are bad or racist or anything like that, but it’s that people aren’t sensing it. I don’t have anything against the Academy Awards, not at all. My judgment of them is not a dislike of the individuals, but it’s the infrastructure that they’re working on that needs change. They are aware of the change that needs to be done and they have to be insightful. We need everybody together making these choices because then we reflect America."

Some of the entertaining categories included the Best Smash In A Motion Picture, Most Out of Place White Person, Best Edges and Best Latino Not in a Service Industry Role.

See the complete list of winners below.

Best Bad Muh F—a Award
Winner: Donnie Yen

Bad Ass Boss Chick
Winner: Tiffany Haddish for Keanu

Best Smash in a Motion Picture
Winner: Mike Epps and Queen Latifah for Bessie

Best Superhero Token Sidekick
Winner: Leslie Uggams for Deadpool

Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Ice Cube
Best Edges
Winner: India Love

Best Picture
Winner: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (Directed by Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone)

Best Comedy Without Madea or Kevin Hart
Winner: Keanu
Movies You Wish You Could Unsee
Winner: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Best Squadd Award in a Motion Picture
Winner: Barbershop: The Next Cut

Best Latino Not in a Service Industry Role
Winner: Luis Guzman for Keanu

Best Performance by an Asian Not Asked to Use an Accent
Winner: Jimmy O. Yang for Patriots Day
Vanguard Award
Winner: Amber Rose

Lauryn Hill Postpones Her Make-up Concert For The Show She Was 3 Hours Late For
Lauryn Hill has postponed a Pittsburgh concert that her camp had scheduled, to make up for the one last month that started more than three hours late. Reportedly, the show was set for Tuesday at the Byham Theater . However, it’s been moved to June 2, “due to a scheduling conflict.”
The singer made headlines on Jan. 31, when she appeared on stage at 11:20 p.m. for the show that was set to start at 8 p.m. Lauryn later addressed the situation. See her statement below.
Some attendees said the singer hit the stage just as fans began standing in line for refunds. One attendee slammed Hill after she finally appeared on stage.

Ashton Sanders Says Oscars Flub Made Best Picture Win More Exciting
“Moonlight” star Ashton Sanders says everything happens for a reason including the epic Best Picture flub at the Oscars.
Ashton — who plays the teenage version of the main character — was getting the hell outta la la land Monday at LAX … when we asked if the mistaken announcement put a damper on his movie’s win.
Unlike many others in and out of Hollywood, Ashton’s embracing the ultimate awkward moment! He also explains why the win marks a turning point in the movie industry HERE

Ravens Safety Matt Elam Busted for Allegedly Selling Drugs on the Side
*Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam was arrested on multiple drug charges in Miami stemming from a traffic stop on Saturday night (Feb. 24).
The 2013 first-round pick was charged with one count of cannabis possession, one count of possession of cannabis with intent to sell or deliver, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of reckless driving, police said.
According to ESPN.com, Elam was arrested at 7:16 p.m. Saturday after his blue Range Rover passed an unmarked police car “at a high rate of speed” and swerved into the lane in front of the police car, causing its driver to pump the brakes in order to avoid a collision, according to charging documents. He then almost struck vehicles in front of him by following too closely, according to police.

After police attempted to conduct a traffic stop, Elam sped up and failed to yield immediately “in attempt to evade detectives,” police said. Once Elam pulled over, police detected a strong odor of freshly burning marijuana and a big cloud of smoke emitting from inside the vehicle.
A search revealed a Gucci book bag on the floor of the driver’s side that included 126.2 grams of marijuana, six oxycodone pills weighing 3.1 grams, $947, a Rolex, a men’s necklace with white stones and a men’s bracelet with white stones.
One of Elam’s passengers, Calvin Stewart, possessed a loaded semi-automatic pistol in his waistband, and told the cops he did not have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Police said they were patrolling that neighborhood because of recent robberies and burglaries in the area.
The 32nd overall pick in the draft four years ago, Elam is scheduled to become a free agent next month. The Ravens declined to pick up his fifth-year option a year ago.
“We are aware of the arrest of Matt Elam,” the Ravens said in a statement. “Matt is not in our plans for the 2017 Ravens.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league was looking into the incident.
This arrests marks Elam’s second for substance-related incidents. In October 2015, he was suspended for one game for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He had self-reported the violation, team officials said at the time.
According to ESPN.com, Elam has been one of the most disappointing first-round picks in Ravens history. He was benched from the starting lineup in the middle of the 2014 season after struggling to cover receivers deep and missing tackles. Elam played on special teams last season after being designated to return off injured reserve.

Twitter Reacts to Kellyanne Conway Couch Photo
Twitter is outraged over this photo of Kellyanne Conway in the Oval Office, seemingly barefoot on a couch, while on her telephone.
The photo was snapped while Donald Trump met with leaders of historically black universities and colleges on Monday (February 27) in Washington, DC. A further examination of the photo reveals that Kellyanne is not actually barefoot.

Several celebrities and Twitter users took to social media to react to the moment after the photo began circulating online.

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YIKES!!! NeNe Leakes Drags Gabrielle Union! Calls her 👀 'THIRSTY' 👀

YIKES!!! NeNe Leakes Drags Gabrielle Union! Calls her THIRSTY!
On a recent episode of Fashion Police NeNe Leakes calls Gabrielle Union thirsty and says she should stick to what she knows...
During Gabrielle's segment NeNe quips,
"Just looking at this clearly says the thirst is real, honey. When you look at somebody like Gabrielle in a dress like this, you say to yourself, 'Honey, just stick to what you know.' OK, because this is not your arena."
"I just feel like she's in her swimsuit and then she put a little robe on the side of her arm. It's just not a good look for her. It's like, why?!"


Response from Gabrielle in 3...2...1

WOMP!!!! 👀 K Mart Drops Nicki Minaj's Clothing Line! 😲 'Its Not Selling ANYMORE! 😆

WOMP!!!! 👀 K Mart Drops Nicki Minaj's Clothing Line😲!
First SHEther and now Kmart! Look like things go from bad to worse for Nicki Minaj.

On the heels of that lethal diss track from Remy Ma [click here if you missed that], Kmart announces they are dropping Nicki Minaj's clothing line due to a dramatic decrease in sales...


The Daily Buzz For Feb 28

Calvin Klein Debuts New Campaign Featuring the Men of Moonlight!
Mahershala Ali, Alex Hibbert, Trevante Rhodes and Ashton Sanders
Calvin Klein unveiled its Spring 2017 men’s underwear campaign, which the brand dubbed “Revelation,” following Sunday night’s Academy Awards. It stars the men from best picture winner Moonlight including Mahershala Ali, Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders and Trevante Rhodes.
Photographer Willy Vanderperre shot the movie’s stars for the ads, which come after Raf Simons took over as Calvin Klein’s creative director. The work features the typically revealing underwear shots Calvin Klein is known for as well as more nuanced portraits of the actors.
 “Even after the performance is over, I realize that you still have to service it,” said Mahershala Ali, who won best supporting actor for his role in the film, in a statement posted on Calvin Klein’s site. “I’ll be in a coffee shop and someone will come up to me and just open a vein … telling me how this struck a nerve for them, what their experience was. And I really try to be present for that. I’m really thankful for that.”
The brand explained in its post touting the new ads that they’re a celebration of “[h]ow radical an act it is to reveal oneself to another so candidly, so clearly, that it strikes a nerve. When so much out in the world would threaten us—bodily, psychologically, scaring us inside of ourselves to seek shelter within—merely showing oneself, unguarded, can be heroic.”
The post continues: “For these four phenomenal actors—Mahershala, as well as breakout newcomers Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders and Trevante Rhodes—whose profoundly brave performances made Moonlight this year’s tour de force movie, finding their voice on-screen was just the beginning. With the attention and opportunities that will now come their way, Mahershala, Alex, Ashton and Trevante can properly announce themselves to the world. This is their time to step into the light.”
A rep for Calvin Klein did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
See the new ads below:


#RHoA: Porsha Williams Thinks Kandi Burruss “Made A Big Deal Out Of Something So Small” When They Discussed The Undercover Lesbian Rumors.
Porsha shared her latest thoughts in her weekly Bravo blog entry. When Porsha was asked about that heated lunch with Kandi she had a lot to say. Porsha claimed, “I was shocked and appalled. My intentions were not to make matters worse but to let her know that the statements the ‘Bone Collector’ made were shade and were misinterpreted and embellished when reported to the other ladies.” Does Porsha not watch this show? We all saw the conversation go down. Sheree may be a shit stirrer, but she’s not a liar (at least in this instance).

Porsha added, “Interestingly enough, while the ‘Bone Collector’ was spilling all her tea, she forgot to mention that she spoke of the closet first.” Yet, Porsha has no mention of Phaedra being the one who turned the conversation from a vague discussion to a very specific one about Kandi, Shamea, and Todd Tucker. But yeah, I don’t blame Porsha for being upset at Sheree. Yeah, Porsha was the one spreading rumors and she was going to get her ass handed to her anyway, but still, Sheree is constantly stirring things up this season and claiming that she just wants everyone to know the truth. As a viewer, I’m living for it, but as one of her friends I would be very scared to talk in her presence.

Porsha continued, “I have no idea why Kandi made such a big deal out of something so small! She knows she has been plagued with these accusations and much worse for years.” I feel like no one who is married wants other people to talk about them having an affair. At the very least, all of the sex talk is very much on-brand for the Bedroom Kandi entrepreneur. So maybe it’s helping out her empire?
Porsha alleged, “My intentions in meeting her were to simply make sure she understood that in no way did I spill the beans on her.” I’m gonna have to call BS on that one. Porsha doesn’t really have much of a story line this season (or any other season) so I’m sure that she was pumped to rile Kandi up at this lunch. I don’t really see how talking about Todd going by “Marvin” to get away with cheating on Kandi falls in line with Porsha’s innocence act here. Porsha continued, “But once I got there, she was angry and confrontational and forced my hand! Kandi called me an aggressive lesbian first, then got mad when her true tea was served at lunch!”

Porsha had a lot of confusing meals during that last episode. Aside from her heated lunch with Kandi, Porsha also met up with her boyfriend/non-boyfriend/possibly future baby daddy Todd. I had no idea what Porsha was looking for there. It seemed like the more Todd showed that he was really down to be with her, the more she wasn’t into it, but then they also kissed so I really have no idea what to make of the whole thing.
When she was asked how she felt “after the conversation with Todd,” Porsha said, “Todd is a great guy, and I feel like from time to time you just have to get real and give men tough love. Everything I said to him came from my heart, and whether we are together or not in the future, I want nothing but the best for him!” I don’t even have an opinion on that. I feel like this poor dude was just on the show so Porsha could think out loud about the possibility of having a baby. Then after one affectionate Instagram went up of the two of them, he chose Porsha over his job without consulting her and it just doesn’t seem like the best decision to make over someone you’re not even officially dating.

Tell Us- What Do You Think About The Persistent Undercover Lesbian Story Line This Season?

#EMPIRE: Terrence Howard Brings his wife Miranda to the Oscars 2017
Terrence Howard brought his wife to the Oscars 2017. Terrance Howard is all smiles as he arrives on the red carpet with wife Miranda at the 2017 Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday (February 26) in Hollywood. Terrence is wearing a La Perla suit, Christian Louboutin loafers, with his watch and cufflinks by Piaget. Miranda is wearing a Piaget necklace and Rita Vinieris gown.
They look nice!

Trey Songz Releases New Song & Video, “Playboy”
Trey Songz is back with the second release from his “Tremaine the Playboy” series, and forthcoming new album Tremaine.
As he plans to do each week, the R&B heartthrob has released a visual for the song from the latest episode in his “dating” show.  Aptly titled, “Playboy,” the sexy slow jam finds Trigga questioning his lifestyle, and why he hasn’t settled down yet.

“Don’t know why I’m still kissing girls that I don’t love / Still stumbling out of these clubs / Still I’m just so hard to trust / Don’t know why I’m still a playboy,” he sings while dining with the cast of beautiful girls. “So many girls that I can’t count,” he later sings while taking a bubble bath with the Kelly twins.

During his recent interview with “The Breakfast Club,” Trey revealed that the show was never intended to be taken as a real life dating show, but a way to market his new music in a clever manner. Each week, Songz will release a new song off his next album Tremaine (due out March 24), along with an episode of “Tremaine the Playboy.”

Check out his new one HERE

Hip Hop News: The Game Disses Meek Mill Over Nicki Minaj & Remy Ma Beef
Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma’s beef is spilling over into The Game’s feud with Meek Mill.
Over the weekend, Hot 97/Beats 1 host Ebro Darden posted a video meme of Remy Ma brutally murdering Nicki Minaj. According to the Compton MC, who shared a screenshot of the post, Meek liked the clip.
“This the type of hoe shit I hate,” he wrote. “This lil bitch @meekmill aka Meesha salty cause his woman left em. Instead of being a REAL NI**A & leaving the situation with ya head up standing tall, you in ya feelings so you get her house robbed & do fuck ni**a shit fronting for the followers she gave you… liking pictures & leaving comments on posts that disrespect the woman who gave you life, actually loved yo dusty ass, bought you shit you couldn’t ever afford on yo own & even stood by your side when Drizzy bodied you.. instead of leaving yo bum ass like she should’ve, she held yo skinny rat face havin ass down !!!
“Now she gone & all you can do is try & shit on her every chance you get over social media ??” he added. “Straight pussy shit… you know how many REAL NI**AS would love the chance to wife up a Nicki Minaj, Rihanna or a Beyonce’ & you out here playing…. Had a bomb ass woman & blew it cause you wasn’t man enough to return the love that was given.”
The lengthy caption also included more references to Drake. “Won’t fight me, but quick to tell Drake he can get a fade, straight fuckin sucka… I shoulda never took my hands from around Nicki that day we shot #PillsNPotions… that was the last time she been held by a REAL NI**A !!! … Nig**a you would’ve died after Drizzy bodied you if Nicki wasn’t on ya arm lil ungrateful pussy…. she the only reason you lasted long enough to beef wit me & trust me, the day is coming where I throw yo lil punk ass over 6 cars !!! What type of nigga wanna see the girl that gave him everything he got hurt.. bird ass bum.”

Game’s Meek feud has simmered for quite some time. Last year, he called Mill a rat for allegedly saying he was involved in a Sean Kingston robbery. The beef popped off, including diss tracks from both sides. “It’s just a little hip-hop beef,” Game said at the time. “We haven’t had a fight yet. It’s not a fight. It’s just hip-hop…It comes down to a point where, you’ve gotta deal with it as it comes. I feel like I was violated.”

In October, the beef ended, according to Rick Ross. Now, it looks like it’s back on.

WOMP!!!!  K Mart Drops Nicki Minaj's Clothing Line!
First SHEther and now Kmart! Look like things go from bad to worse for Nicki Minaj.

On the heels of that lethal diss track from Remy Ma [click here if you missed that], Kmart announces they are dropping Nicki Minaj's clothing line due to a dramatic decrease in sales...

Beyoncé and Jay Z to learn genders of twins in two weeks.
Early this month Beyonce spilled her own damn tea and confirm she is pregnant with  twins.
Now according to Page Six Beyonce and Jay Z will find out the sex of their twins.

Beyoncé was overheard telling guests at a pre-Oscars bash on Saturday night that she and Jay Z will know the genders of their expected twins “in two weeks,” sources exclusively tell Page Six.
“She was telling people they’ll know the genders of the babies in two weeks,” said a source at the party, where Beyoncé and her hip-hop mogul hubby were surprise guests.

Beyoncé announced earlier this month that the couple’s expecting twins. However, no due date’s been announced.

Migos Sued For Allegedly Stealing $20K Worth Of Wardrobe Items From Video Shoot
Someone has some explaining to do…
The Atlanta rap group Migos is reportedly being sued by a stylist for lifting nearly $20K in clothing and accessories after a video shoot. And, that’s not all! The stylist wants more than $1 million in damages.

TMZ states that the trio allegedly took items from the set of Niykee Heaton’s ‘Bad Intentions’ video filmed last year in California. Marcus Clark claims that Migos took 3 Enfants Riches Déprimés shirts priced at $18,138 and 2 pairs of vintage sunglasses (Versace and Les Copains) priced at $700.
The stylist also alleges that despite reaching out to the rap group about retrieving his property several times, the only thing he received was a text from Migos’ manager saying, “That’s over wit.”

Hopefully, Migos can settle this suit before going to court. If the stylist’s claims are true, these guys are definitely not hurting when it comes to money. They’re infamous for flaunting stacks of cash everywhere they go.

'The Voice' 2017: Season 12's Celeb Mentors Revealed!
The upcoming 12th season of The Voice is premiering tonight and NBC has announced the stars set to be guest mentors to the contestants!
Once the four coaches – Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and Pharrell Williams – have formed their teams, they will be joined by the guest advisors for the battle rounds.
The mentors for each of the teams feels very fitting this year. Sometimes in the past, the choices didn’t fit the coaches too well, but these are some great pairings!

U.S. State Department Deletes Tweet Congratulating Iranian Director After ‘Salesman’ Oscar Win
On Monday, the U.S. State Department tweeted, and then deleted, a congratulatory message to director Asghar Farhadi, whose film The Salesman won the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language film at the 89th Academy Awards.
The message was shared by the State Department’s official Persian-language Twitter account, @USAdarFarsi, congratulating the Iranian people and Farhadi for his win at Sunday’s ceremony. According to reports, the tweet was posted at 1 A.M. ET, but later deleted.

“A congratulatory tweet was posted,” a State Department spokeswoman said. “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 spokesperson stated that the decision to take down the tweet was made within the department.
The Iranian director was not in attendance, instead boycotting the ceremony in protest of Trump’s executive order to temporary ban citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, which was blocked by federal courts.

Iranian-American engineer Anousheh Ansari and former NASA scientist Firouz Naderi, accepted the award on Farhadi’s behalf and read a statement written by the director.

“My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.,” read Ansari. “Dividing the world into the ‘us’ and ‘our enemies’ categories creates fear, a deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which themselves have been victims of aggression. Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others; an empathy which we need today more than ever.

Farhadi recently made appearances via video, including at last week’s UTA rally and this evening’s UK premiere of The Salesman in Trafalgar Square. Ahead of the 2017 Oscars, the six nominated directors in the Foreign-Language category released a joint statement expressing their “emphatic disapproval of the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the U.S. and in so many other countries.” They stated that whoever won the Academy Award, “we refuse to think in terms of borders.”

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Mystery solved. Kind of an anticlimactic ending, but I’m happy to get closure on the matter.