In Iran, happiness is vulgar Western decadence

Happiness is vulgar in Iran.

Six Iranian young people have been arrested for making a video featuring Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” a song that people the world over have used to do something similar in breaking down the walls that humanity erects.

Tehran Police Chief Hossein Sajedinia ordered the arrests, calling the video “obscene” and “vulgar.”

President Hassan Rouhani campaigned for greater social freedoms and the arrests are seen as an indication hard liners in the country are pushing back against his attempts to warm relations with the rest of the world.

  • Clearly NSFW. The vulgarity is astonishing.

  • MrE85
  • Joe

    If we let them make Youtube videos, how are they going to find time to shoot up the heroin they otherwise use to find an escape from brutal religious oppression?

  • Gary F

    I thought the current norm was that we don’t judge cultures. Theirs is as good as ours. So, it makes perfect sense, it’s vulgar.

    • Joe

      It’s only okay to judge judgments, but soon that will be seen as passe, and the only judgments that will be accepted are the judgments that judge judgments. It will be very exciting when we can measure this progress.

  • Despite Iran’s attempt to persuade the world otherwise, it remains a brutal theocracy where anything, even a simple video can land you in jail if it rubs the Islamist authorities the wrong way. Rouhani, a veteran operative of the regime, is no moderate even though he is attempting to put forward a more human face to the world than his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Incidents like the arrest of the video makers are designed to chill any signs of liberalization and dissent.