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.