Sunday, March 1, 2009

They Should Complain to Herodotus Not Annette Benning

This is from Breitbart:
"US-Iranian diplomatic relations were severed 30 years ago after Iran's Islamic revolution, and the rift has been further aggravated since Tehran controversially revived its nuclear program.
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""(Iranian) cinema officials will only have the right to have official sessions with... Hollywood movie makers when they apologise to the Iranians for their 30 years of insults and slanders," Javad Shamaghdari said.
""The Iranian people and our revolution has been repeatedly unjustly attacked by Hollywood," he said, citing '300' and recent Oscar nominated movie 'The Wrestler' as among offending films.
"In 2007, the war epic '300', a smash hit in the United States for its gory portrayal of the Greco-Persian wars, drew the wrath of Iranians for showing their ancestors as bloodthirsty."

This cultural delegation from Hollywood to Iran has been handed this obnoxious and gratuitous demand for an apology for mistreatment from the West. My first reaction is that I would ask to speak to the grown ups and ask any mature people that might be found why the Iranians cannot just enter the marketplace of ideas and make a case for their position like everyone else. Then I might laugh derisively and ask, "Why do you resort to emotional blackmail? Is your case so weak that you feel that your only chance is in playing games with people as emotionally vulnerable as the Hollywood crowd?"

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