Oh Brother! Iran Protests Comic Movie "300"

Iran officially condemnned the Hollywood movie “300” this weekend calling it psychological warfare…

Iranian director Javad Shamqadri (pictured above) said the movie is a planned psychological attack on Iranian culture:

The president of Iran’s Art Affairs Advisory expressed strong condemnation Sunday over a Hollywood film which he said insults the Persian civilization.

Javad Shamqadri, who is also a filmmaker, said the new film “300” is part of a comprehensive U.S. psychological war aimed at Iranian culture.

“Following the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Hollywood and cultural authorities in the U.S. initiated studies to figure out how to attack Iranian culture,” Shamqadri told Fars News Agency.

“Certainly, the recent movie is a product of such studies,” he claimed.

Bazteb News reported that Iran considers the film a hostile move against the regime:

Iranian Government Spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham described the Warner Brothers film ‘300’ an intrusion of the Iranian culture and fabrication of history, stressing that the movie is considered a hostile move against the Iranian nation.

“Cultural intrusion is among the tactics always used by the aliens. Such a fabrication of culture and insult to people is not acceptable by any nation or government and we consider this attitude as hostile,” Elham said while speaking to reporters during his weekly press briefing here in Tehran on Tuesday.

The AFP reported:


“Hollywood declares war on Iranians,” said the headline in the reformist daily Ayandeh-No of the film which tells the story of the 300 Spartan soldiers fighting off ancient Persians in the Battle of Thermopylae.

“It seeks to tell people that Iran, which is in the Axis of Evil now, has for long been the source of evil and modern Iranians’ ancestors are the ugly murderous dumb savages you see in ‘300’,” fumed the paper on its front page.

Kamangir has more on the protests.
And, by the way… Winston has posted a collection of clips that give a more factual history of the Persian empire.

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