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.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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