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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Six Iranians are behind bars after they appeared in a fan video set to Pharrell Williams' "Happy," CNN reports. Tehran Police Chief Hossein Sajedinia ordered the arrests of the three men and three women because they helped make an "obscene video clip that offended the public morals and was released in cyberspace," the Iranian Student News Agency reported. "It is beyond sad that these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness," Pharrell wrote on his Facebook page.

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How dare they have fun! It would be ironic if this song started a revolution.

#1 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2014-05-21 01:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

Seriously? How sad and pathetic are Iranian authorities. I mean I knew they were small minded but really? Although I am sure there are people in this country that feel it is an "obscene video clip that offended the public morals" as well.

#2 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-05-21 01:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

We might be wise to consider instituting criminal charges against certain "artists" as well, but only where they engage in truly egregious conduct.

#3 | Posted by censored at 2014-05-21 01:37 PM | Reply | Flag:

so, these are some of the people that our country threatens to bomb each week for the past ten years...

#4 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-05-21 01:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

Theocracy, an very bad idea from the past.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-21 01:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

so, these are the people john mccain jokes about murdering...

well now, are we now on their side or something? or were threats of nuking teheran all about freeing them from their oppressive government?

here's another homemade video that ended up in an arrest:

boston.cbslocal.com

of course, the iranian one makes the news more often than our own because we need to be constantly reminded how bad the iranians are.

#6 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-05-21 01:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

Somewhat on topic, one of the funnier and sadder sights I have bore witness to lately was at a popular tourist spot two women in burqas, one taking a photo of the other.

#7 | Posted by censored at 2014-05-21 01:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

"or were threats of nuking teheran all about freeing them from their oppressive government?"

They would be free but slightly dead.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-21 02:03 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

They've out lawed dancing?

Release the Bacon!

Kevin Bacon that is.

#9 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-21 02:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

Interesting documentary of music industry in Iran

www.imdb.com - No One Knows About Persian Cats

#10 | Posted by LastAmerican at 2014-05-21 02:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

That was a very upbeat video. Without their tyranical government I can see where they'd fit right in with the rest of the western world.

If only . . . . .

#11 | Posted by Twinpac at 2014-05-21 03:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

.... EZ Anti Iran Propaganda!

**** You really have to wonder what part the CIA had in producing this video?

#12 | Posted by AntiCadillac at 2014-05-21 08:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

To think that John McCain wanted to drop bombs on these beautiful and defenseless young folks is outrageous.

#13 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-05-21 11:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

The six kids are no longer behind bars, they have been released, but the video's director is still under arrest.

#14 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-05-21 11:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

.... EZ Anti Iran Propaganda!
**** You really have to wonder what part the CIA had in producing this video?
#12 | Posted by AntiCadillac at 2014-05-21 08:11 PM

The part where the police chief states "They were identified in two hours and were all arrested within six hours. .. Our dear youths should try to avoid these kinds of people. Like actors, singers and these kind of problems. Try to avoid it."

Presenter: "Officer please give some advice to those who take advantage of our young people."

Officer: "Here's my advice to them. They should be absolutely certain that we were able to discover and identify these individuals in a very short time. We will certainly find out about who they are and confront them."

#15 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-05-22 02:04 AM | Reply | Flag:

SAMMY

"To think that John McCain wanted to drop bombs on these beautiful and defenseless young folks is outrageous."

John McCain has war on the brain. There are probably lots of reasons why, including some mental disorder.

#16 | Posted by Twinpac at 2014-05-22 02:32 AM | Reply | Flag:

Here it a fact that I did not realize until recently. In the western mind set, law enforcement is the responsibility of the state. Judgments are supposed to be rendered by impartial courts. In Islam, every Muslim man is responsible to enforce Sharia law. That law says all women should dress modestly, what that means is open to interpretation by the community. Also all women should behave in a chased manner, again the community determines what the specifics are. Most follow the teachings found in the early writing of the followers of Mohammed. So if a cleric stands before a group of men on Friday and makes an accusation of transgression to a group of Muslim men, they are as a group, required to take action. Riots and group killings are often the result. Honer killings and the frequent abuse of women are also found in this teaching, regardless of Mohammed's last words on the subject.

#17 | Posted by docnjo at 2014-05-22 01:46 PM | Reply | Flag:

if these kids are lucky they will only receive 100 lashes. The prescribed punishment for fornication. Fornication is defined as ANY unchasted behavior by a woman, or a man with a woman in public. Other wise they can be stoned to death for adultery, you can get that for intent- like speaking to a non-relative on the street.

#18 | Posted by docnjo at 2014-05-22 01:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

I guess they should have been Bomb Happy!

#19 | Posted by parjosg2 at 2014-05-22 03:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

I wander what would have happened if they did this? LOL

www.odt.co.nz

#20 | Posted by parjosg2 at 2014-05-22 07:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

Sorry, this is the link! Ooooops

www.youtube.com

#21 | Posted by parjosg2 at 2014-05-22 07:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

If they had just burned even one Old Glory they might not be in this pickle..

#22 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-05-22 08:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

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