Why does this not surprise me? As if Iran has nothing else pressing to do than rally against Hollywood? I guess Ahmadinejad needed some vehicle to demonize Jews again, and what better way than criticize a movie telling the tale of the attempted rescue of American hostages of jihad from Iran in 1979.
From The Washington Post Feb 25 by Jason Rezaian
Iranian media criticize Oscar win for ‘Argo’
TEHRAN — For the second consecutive year many Iranians had good reason to stay up late into the night to watch the Academy Awards ceremony.
Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” which recounts the successful rescue mission of several American diplomats during the 1979 hostage crisis in Tehran, won best picture Sunday night, and Iranian media was quick to react on Monday.
The elation that followed Iran’s first Oscar victory for the film “A Separation,” which won best foreign film last year, however, has been pushed aside by what many here see as a politically motivated choice for this year’s best picture winner.
That perception was re-enforced by the surprise presenter of the award, Michelle Obama. Fars News, Iran’s main hardline outlet, wasted no time in questioning her role, writing, “In a rare occasion in Oscar history, the First Lady announced the winner for Best Picture for the anti-Iran Film ‘Argo,’ which is produced by the Zionist company Warner Bros.”
Others criticized the way Affleck referred to Islamic Republic in his acceptance speech when he said, “I want to thank our friends in Iran who live under terrible circumstances.” Mehr News ran this headline: “After distorting history, Ben Affleck continues to show a bleak picture of Iran: Iranians live in terrible circumstances.”
Tehran looks like any modern city, but I believe Affleck was referring to the underlying Islamic dogma which, like a lid on a kettle keeps the dirty secrets from being widely known.
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