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Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Iran bans all western movies

Nope, not joking. There won't be any liquor-swilling God-denyers on the Iranian silver screen any time soon. Drug takers, secularists, liberals, anarchists and feminists are out, too. That's what a committee of Islamic clerics, led by new hard-line President Ahmadinejad, ruled earlier this week when it banned foreign films. The clerics singled out in the ban elements of Western culture that were judged as affronts to the government's vision of Iran's Muslim culture. So no alcohol drinkers, athiests, druggies, secularists, liberals, anarchists or femenists. Any film that has any of those un-islamic characters will be banned. Hmm.. So that pretty much covers all US movies, no? Can anyone recommend to me a single US movies that came out without any of those types of people in them? No? Yeah , thought so. What's the reasoning again? The Supreme Cultural Revolutionary Council said the banned films "damage and humiliate eastern traditions and culture" and promote "arrogant powers," a propaganda term Iran's government uses to describe the United States. The move follows on the Ahmadinejad campaign promise to promote Islamic culture and confront what he called the Western cultural invasion. Ahh.. ok! As if the Iranians won't just get their movies from the black market instead. Ohh, by the way, the Iranians are not happy about this. And the ban, designed to wipe out what clerics call "corrupt Western culture," is not going down well with many in Iran. It's not right to fight other cultures. Imposing censorship is not the logical way to resist Western culture, at any rate," said Ali Reza Raisian, head of the Iranian film directors association. "If Westerners were to treat us the same way, we also would not be able to reach them through film with our messages and way of thinking." [...] "A policy of censorship never works. Hard-liners don't understand that they can't tell the people what to watch and what not to watch," said cinema fan Hasan Jamali. [...] Raisian said the ban would have little effect on cinemas where few Western films play, but it could dramatically change television, where all channels are controlled by the state and overseen by religious hard-liners. State-run television had shown foreign films after censoring many scenes deemed immoral or offensive. Films considered hostile to the Islamic values preached by the ruling establishment were already banned altogether. "This new ban appears to be part of a campaign to push Iran back to the 1980s and to impose the same restrictions that were only just eased under Khatami. But it will be impossible to take Iran back to '80s again," said political analyst Davoud Hermidas Bavand. Well, A.J. and the cleric gang seem to be trying hard to do so. When will the Iranian people rise and get rid of them, I have no idea. But it can't happen soon enough in my opinion.


At 10/27/2005 05:47:00 AM, Anonymous Peter-Australia said...

I reckon they should smuggle in some John Wayne movies. Hard drinking by the duke and you know that the bad guys (mullahs, looking in your direction) are in a lot of trouble.

The Duke from Red River
"Every time you turn around expect to see me. 'Cause one time you'll turn around and I'll be there, and I'll kill you, Matt."

Or from Gree Berets
"Out here, due process is a bullet."

From: http://www.jwayne.com/

At 10/27/2005 06:13:00 AM, Anonymous Jordan from Left Canada said...

No worries, pretty much every Iranian (who can afford one) has a satellite dish.

And if you have a problem with Janet Jackson's nipple, you should see the European TV beamed into Persian households each night. It makes playboy look like church :)

Nobody watches Iranian state TV. Their sitcoms suck-ass!

At 10/27/2005 07:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This means the Iranians are getting more desperate & weaker. Though i seriously doubt that the United states will ever attack them, but their government will crumble sooner or later.

At 10/27/2005 07:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder when the Iranian govt will start telling their people when to sit down, when to stand up, when to eat, and when to poop. Humans don't like to be controlled. Sooner or later, the people will revolt.

Do they allow access to the net? There are a ton of porn online, ya know. The clerics can have homosexual relations with their underlings, but it's wrong for the people to watch Western movies because it's immoral.


At 10/27/2005 08:00:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The satellite dishes will be the next to be outlawed just wait. This man was one of the original revolutionaries and wants Iran further back than it was in the 80's. If this doesn't spark the people into action, then they will be doomed to live with a boot on their neck.

At 10/27/2005 08:45:00 AM, Anonymous Jordan from Left Canada said...

Iran will NOT bann satellite dishes. Don't get me wrong, if they thought they could get away with it then of course they would... but they know they are on thin ice as it is.

I really wish they would stop shooting at protesting students... too much (legitimate) fear to prevent any progress.

My girlfriend knew people who went to prison. She said she didn't know exactly what happened in prison, but it ruined their lives (drugs, suicide, prostitution, etc..)

At 10/27/2005 10:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, there's Bambi.

At 10/27/2005 10:48:00 AM, Blogger Jeffrey said...

For anyone who wants an up-close-and-personal look at Iran, they should read Nafisi's "Reading Lolita in Tehran."

She recounts attending a jazz concert in which the audience was NOT allowed to even TAP THEIR FOOT. In the aisles the Morals Goons strode up and down looking for anyone nodding in time to the music or tapping their feet. If anyone tapped their foot, the Goons would enter the rows and reprimand the idolator.

I am not kidding. Read the book.




At 10/27/2005 01:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why'd they vote this guy in? I understand that fewer "progressives" were allowed on the ballots. They screwed up back during the Revolution and continue to put people who suck in charge of their lives. Will they get another chance to reverse this? I don't think so. With the new Prez out there calling for the destruction of Israel and having nukes in the near furture, I say Israel doesn't have much of a choice. God help us all.

At 10/27/2005 05:35:00 PM, Blogger Cindy said...

OMG they are going to miss Rocky VI!! I think in this one Rocky battles constipation and an inflamed prostate.

At 10/27/2005 05:42:00 PM, Blogger Papa Ray said...

Maybe something needs to be cleared up.

In the Middle East your vote isn't worth the paper its not written on. If by chance you can vote what you want, they will just not count it or it will just disappear.

That of course assumes that you have a partry or person that you want to vote for.

If you happen not to get caught you might vote again. But no matter who votes or is elected in Iran makes no difference.

Everybody knows who rules Iran. Everybody who is not stupid or ignorant fears him and his cronies.

That fear is fast spreading over the world.

Do you know what people do that are afraid? They either run and hide or they fight.

Guess what will happen if the wrong people are afraid.

Papa Ray
West Texas

At 10/27/2005 08:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HMMM.....Papa Ray.....Iraq 1981, first? :)

At 10/28/2005 01:58:00 AM, Blogger NBS said...

damn, suck to miss on rocky, so who has already banned the satellite's? is it syria? i had some thought that someone already has.

At 10/28/2005 04:10:00 AM, Anonymous Jordan from Left Canada said...

The reason this douche-bag one is because the only "reformers" allowed to run were either corrupt or legally retarded :)

Besides, the last president, who really was not that bad of a guy, couldn't reform much considering the Justice League of Iran (or "Guardian Council") wouldn't let their elected government do much of all.

At 10/28/2005 09:31:00 AM, Blogger Papa Ray said...

"Israel’s preemptive strike against Iraq was heartily condemned in Washington and by the United Nations, although privately most governments, even in the Middle East, were pleased to see the setback to Saddam Hussein's ambition.

In 1991, Maj. Gen. David Ivry, commander of the Israeli Air Force at the time of the raid, received a framed satellite reconnaissance photo of the destroyed reactor. The photo was inscribed:

With thanks and appreciation for the outstanding job you did on the Iraqi nuclear program in 1981, which made our job much easier in Desert Storm!"

The photo was signed by Dick Cheney, then-U.S. Defense Secretary and later Vice President.

The bombing of Iran's facilities from Israel would be a lot harder than when they bombed Iraq. Most are scattered all over Iraq and many are under mountains. A ground "commando" operation would have to be carried out at the same time.

How much the U.S. would assist in these operations is unknown.

But I am sure we would help where we could.

But this is sometime off, as the powerful U.N. has not passed any resolutions and threatened Iran yet.

I am sure when that happens, Iran will agree to anything...right?

Papa Ray
West Texas

At 11/02/2005 09:21:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, there goes Who Killed Roger Rabbit.


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