You Gotta’ Be Kidding Me



What a crazy, upside down world we live in. The Iranian government wants an apology from Hollywood for “insults and accusations against the Iranian nation.”

The L.A. Times reports:

A delegation of Hollywood actors and producers that arrived in Tehran over the weekend to meet with their counterparts has also been met by sharp government criticism.

A top Iranian cultural official Sunday demanded that the group from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, including academy President Sid Ganis and film stars Annette Bening and Alfre Woodard, apologize for Hollywood’s “insults and libel” against the Islamic Republic.

I haven’t seen The Wrestler but apparently Mickey Rourke’s character tears an Iranian flag and fights against a villain named “The Ayatollah.” They are also upset about the movie 300 for depicting Persians as “bloodthirsty and cretinous.” Haven’t seen that one either.

Need I remind readers this is the same regime that has been burning, stomping and mutilating American flags while denigrating us as the “Great Satan” for three decades. It is all more than a bit ironic.

This should be just the sort of catalyst that connects conservative talk-radio hosts and Hollywood liberals together. I know it won’t happen. But it should.

Films that upset the regime (the Guardian):

The Wrestler Caused offence when its main character, Mickey Rourke, smashed a pole carrying Iran’s national flag across his knee. It also featured a wrestler called the Ayatollah – apparently after Iran’s religious rulers – who wore a skimpy leotard in the country’s colours.

The Stoning of Soraya M A woman is stoned to death under Iran’s sharia law after being convicted of adultery.

Alexander The 2004 biopic about Alexander the Great, directed by Oliver Stone, was criticised for its sympathetic portrayal of the ancient Macedonian king, whom Iranians blame for the destruction of Persepolis in 330BC.

Body of Lies A 2008 Ridley Scott film in which Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani’s hair is shown.

300 Upset Iran by portraying ancient Persians as bloodthirsty and violent.

Not Without My Daughter A 1991 film depicting the escape of a real-life American, Betty Mahmoody, from Iran. The government condemned it as projecting a negative image and banned the book on which it is based.


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  1. This is more than absurd. To think some of these directors had some hidden plan to paint the Iranian people as bad is bull. It’s sad actually, more movies SHOULD show the horrible leadership that is currently in place in Iran, and the human rights abuses that are extensive. Hollywood should be doing MORE.

    Just to go through them…

    The Wrestler (haven’t seen it) – In wrestling, they often play on populist themed viewpoints held by Americans. A villain is easily made if it comes from the stance of Anti-Americanism. If anything, the movie is realistic in how wrestling organizations pick their villains.

    The Stoning of Soraya M (haven’t seen it) – I’ll link put a link here:

    Alexander – This is a freaking biopic on Alexander. I don’t even need to say anymore.

    Body of Lies (haven’t seen it) – Really…hair?!

    300 – I wonder if Greeks are mad that they were depicted as homophobic fascists in some scenes? It is from the perspective of a Spartan, not a Persian. Talk about missing the point. The movie I hear is pretty faithful to Frank Miller’s depiction in his dark novel, and I don’t see how it connected to Hollywood in anyway (if it was an original production, then maybe they could talk). It’s a dramatization of the event, something I guess the Iranian government can’t comprehend.

    Not Without My Daughter (haven’t seen it) – Correct me if I’m wrong, but how were women and Americans (or better yet, American women) treated in Iran during the Iranian revolution.

    I wonder now if the Iranian government will apologize for their depictions of Israel and/or Jewish people? I doubt it. It would be slanderous to suggest the Iranian government apologize.

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