First lady Michelle Obama awards Argo the Academy Award for best

picture: Was it a plot to embarrass Iran and burnish America's image?

Mrs. Obama's dress was digitally altered (right) by Iranian censors

to show less skin.



'Politicized Hollywood' Gives Anti-Iran Film Argo 'Best Picture' Prize (Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran)


Is first lady Michelle Obama part of Hollywood's latest 'plot'? According to the Iranian leadership and its state-run Kayhan newspaper, the awarding of the best picture Oscar to Argo, a depiction of how U.S. Embassy staff escaped being held captive during the 1979 Iranian Revolution, reflects how Hollywood continues to be a tool of the U.S. political class. The fact that it was chosen over Lincoln, according to the state-run Mehr News Agency, is further proof that Hollywood 'is not based on objective reality, but on a one-sided and distorted picture of the world.'


February 26, 2013


Islamic Republic of Iran - Kayhan - Home Page (English)

Political tool?: Ben Affleck, director of the film Argo, accepts the Oscar for best picture, Feb. 24.


AL-JAZEERA, QATAR: 'Controversial films' generate Oscar buzz, Feb. 24, 00:02:50.RealVideo

TEHRAN: On Monday, Iranians dismissed Oscar-winning film Argo as a CIA advertisement, calling the award an American political statement to paper over the unflattering reputation it gained in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.


Ben Affleck's Argo, which recounts the secret mission of several American diplomats during the 1979 Tehran hostage crisis, won the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday.


The politically-motivated choice was re-enforced by the surprise presenter: Michelle Obama.


According to the FARS News Agency, “In a rare event for Oscar history, the first lady announced the winner of the award for best picture: the anti-Iran Film Argo, which is produced by Zionist company Warner Bros.”


Others criticized Affleck's reference to the Islamic Republic in his acceptance speech: “I want to thank our friends in Iran who live under terrible circumstances.”


“By distorting history, Ben Affleck continues to depict a bleak Iran, i.e.: Iranians living under terrible circumstances,” the Mehr News Agency said. "During an era in which Hollywood is already extremely politicized, and every Hollywood award and festival has been paying great attention to the anti-Iran film Argo, the 85th Academy Awards reveled the rawest politicization of Hollywood yet."


The U.S. broke off diplomatic relations with Iran over the hostage incident, and tensions between the two countries continues to be high.


Tehran City Councilwoman Masoomeh Ebtekar, who was one of the students that occupied the U.S. Embassy and acted as their spokeswoman, says the film exaggerates the passion among the crowds that stormed the compound in November 1979.


Fifty-two Americans were held hostage for 444 days, while a handful of Embassy staffers were sheltered by the Canadian ambassador. Their escape, using a fake movie as a cover story, is recounted in Argo.


Actor-director Affleck "shows scenes of a very violent and angry mob throughout the film," Ebtekbar said. "The fact that this was just a group of students is never mentioned."


Iran Culture Minister Muhammad Husseini said Hollywood has "distorted history" as part of a "soft war" to culturally undermine Iran. Others say Argo also shows the need for Iranian filmmakers to focus more on issues surrounding the Revolution.


The newspaper Hamshahri said the movie "targeted the culture and civilization of Iran," but that nevertheless, it is worthwhile for Iranians to see a different perspective on the events that led to the collapse of relations between the U.S. and Iran.


"Iranian audiences are seeing another version of events for the first time," said a commentary in the newspaper. "This has been a shortcoming of our TV and cinema industry, which has produced nothing about the storming of the U.S. Embassy for more than three decades."


Mehr cited movie critics saying that Lincoln was the most worthy of winning the Oscar for best movie.


"Awarding the Oscar for best picture to Argo reveals how Hollywood insiders are sacrificing quality and artistry for the sake of political slogans and distortions," it said.


It also noted that Hollywood has long been "an instrument of the American political class, and is not based on objective reality, but on a one-sided and distorted picture of the world."


Like Worldmeets.US on Facebook




Guardian Unlimted, U.K.: Oscars 'Snub' British Director Michael Winner  

Global Montreal, Canada : Canada Shines on Oscar Night  

Le Monde, France: '300' Unites Iranians Like Nothing Has in Years  

Zaman, Turkey: Lessons on 'Freedom' from Spartan Babykillers

Kayhan, Iran: Supreme Leader Rejects 'Deceptive' Talks with Americans

Kayhan, Iran: Glory to Iran's Islamic Revolution, Mother of the Arab Awakening

IRIB Broadcasting, Iran: Why was the U.S. Embassy in Tehran Captured in 1978?

Kayan, Iran: The Storming of the U.S. Embassy: 'A Day that Shook the World'

Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany: The CIA-Backed Coup Obama Failed to Mention



Last Wednesday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei criticized Hollywood as a "thoroughly political machine" that propagates policies brewed in Washington.


"Hollywood is thoroughly political. Otherwise it would let our anti-Zionist movies participate in its film festivals," the leader said. "Producing anti-Iranian movies and awarding anti-Iranian films is a clear sign that politics and art in the U.S. are combined," said Ayatollah Khamenei, alluding to Argo.


In 2007, Hollywood also drew the wrath of Iranians for its Spartan war epic 300, a gory tale of the Greco-Persian wars which depicted Iranians as bloodthirsty, and which was a smash hit in the United States.


blog comments powered by Disqus



































Posted By Worldmeets.US Feb. 26, 2013, 5:29am