Ava DuVernay makes anti-Trump statement at the Oscars

Ava DuVernay attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California. (AFP)
Updated 01 March 2017

Ava DuVernay makes anti-Trump statement at the Oscars

JEDDAH: For Hollywood’s A-list, Oscars night is the biggest fashion moment of the year. And Tinseltown’s top stars did not disappoint on Sunday, with some making powerful political statements through their sartorial choices.
Several celebrities sported a blue ribbon in support of the American Civil Liberties Union, the rights lobby that has been stridently fighting the Trump administration in court.
Spotted wearing the blue ribbon were “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins, “Hamilton” star and best original song nominee Lin-Manuel Miranda, Negga and Kloss.
However, one celebrity that stood out due to her choice of designer was Ava DuVernay, an American director and screenwriter.
DuVernay made a strong political statement by wearing a gown created by Saudi designer Mohammed Ashi, whose brand Ashi Studio is based in Lebanon. Ashi Studio is a luxurious fashion house launched in Beirut 10 years ago.
“A small sign of solidarity. I chose to wear a gown by a designer from a majority Muslim country. Thanks to @AshiStudio of Lebanon. #Oscars,” DuVernay tweeted alongside a photo of the lacy gray gown on the red carpet.
The director’s pro-Muslim statement not only turned heads, but also won praise from many for its subtle message.
DuVernay’s sartorial choice follows President Donald Trump’s immigration ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries.
DuVernay was nominated at the Oscars for best documentary for her film “13th.”
Earlier on Saturday, best actor Oscar winner Casey Affleck turned up at the Film Independent Spirit Awards wearing a t-shirt with the word “love” written on it in Arabic.
— With input from AFP, Reuters


US sprinter beats Usain Bolt’s 200m world record - but only runs 185m

Updated 10 July 2020

US sprinter beats Usain Bolt’s 200m world record - but only runs 185m

  • Lyles was racing alone against competitors simultaneously sprinting on tracks in Europe.

LONDON: For a few fleeting minutes, US sprinter Noah Lyles thought he had broken the long-standing 200 meter world record at the Inspiration Games on Thursday.

Lyles, 22, is the 200m world champion and his time of 18.90 seconds would have smashed the 19.19 mark set by Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt in 2009.

But the headline time will not go into the history books after it was revealed he only ran 185 meters due to a blunder by the event organizers putting the starting line in the wrong place.

Lyles was racing alone against competitors simultaneously sprinting on tracks in Europe.

His staggering time was immediately challenged by commentators watching the event.

“You can’t be playing with my emotions like this....Got me in the wrong lane smh,” he tweeted. He later tweeted again to correct himself, saying he had in fact started on the wrong line. 

The farcical ending to one of the headline races in the event will be an embarrassment for the organizers who were banking on showing the world that technology can make a major international athletics event possible despite the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic.