Ironic that Iran eschews Western influence as being evil, yet they steal the name of one of the most popular morning shows in the US. You gotta give them credit for having balls.
Musical instruments are not allowed to be seen while they are being played in Islam. This 10 second blunder has been apologized for, yet there may be a head or two that will roll when all is said and done.
“This community will experience the swallowing up of some people by the earth, metamorphosis of some into animals, and being rained upon with stones.” Someone asked, “When will this be, O Messenger of Allah?” and he said, “When songstresses and musical instruments appear and wine is held to be lawful.”
A religion that fears musical instruments has big problems.
From the Los Angeles Times January 23 by Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Sandels
Iran state TV breaks decades-long taboo against showing instruments
TEHRAN -- A technical blunder? Or the latest episode in the culture wars between Iran's hard-liners and moderates?
Confusion is rife in the Iranian capital about a recent showing of musical instruments on Iranian state television that broke a three-decade taboo.
Last weekend, Iran's Channel One aired a live concert by a group of musicians playing traditional instruments on a show called “Good Morning Iran.”
Some Shia Muslim clerics say that broadcasting music clashes with religious tenets. So in Iran, a country with a long history of both religious and secular music, the state broadcaster has come up with a somewhat convoluted solution.
When it airs performances of traditional Iranian music for a domestic audience, singers are allowed in front of the cameras, but musical instruments are absent from the screen. When musicians play, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) shows shots of the studio or pastoral scenes, such as waterfalls, birds and mountains.
So the episode in which instruments were shown caused a minor sensation in the Islamic Republic.
The move was welcomed by many social network users and liberal Iranian media outlets. The reformist daily Sharq newspaper splashed the news on its front page and declared that the “spell … was finally broken.” [Link in Farsi]
Shahram Nazeri, an acclaimed classical Iranian vocalist who plays a four-stringed lute called a setar, welcomed the move, according to local news reports.
But hopes of a relaxation of the ban on showing instruments were dashed when the producer of “Good Morning Iran” described what happened as an unintended mix-up.
"The footage of instruments which was aired has nothing to do with a change in the approach or practice of IRIB, and it was just an unintentional mistake by us," Gholamreza Bakhtiari was quoted as saying by Iran's hardline Fars news agency. [Link in Farsi.]
The band was shown with its instruments for about 10 seconds...
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