Sandcrawler PSA: Sharia, Its Not Happy
Look the only thing that annoys me more than the Happy song is the Macarena.But to each his own right? Wrong. In Iran Happy gets you six months and 91 lashes.
Six Iranians arrested for appearing in a video dancing to Pharrell Williams' song Happy have been sentenced to up to one year in prison and 91 lashes, their lawyer says. The sentences were suspended for three years, meaning they will not go to prison unless they reoffend, he adds. The video shows three men and three unveiled women dancing on the streets and rooftops of Tehran. In six months, it has been viewed by over one million people on YouTube. The majority of people involved in the video were sentenced to six months in prison, with one member of the group given one year, lawyer Farshid Rofugaran was quoted by Iran Wire as saying. The "Happy we are from Tehran" video was brought to the attention of the Iranian authorities in May, after receiving more than 150,000 views. Members of the group behind the video were subsequently arrested by Iranian police for violating Islamic laws of the country, which prohibit dancing with members of the opposite sex and women from appearing without a headscarf.
Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at September 19, 2014 09:05 AM
As if the Gov and Mullahs ain't got something better to do than harass the people.
Posted by: obsidian at September 19, 2014 04:40 PM
Obsidian, I read a book about a man who returns to Iran out of loyalty only to discover it's not what it seems (not surprising so far, I know). He scribbles something negative across a rial note and it comes to the attention of a police detective, who tracks the moula's path until he finds the guy. He is arrested and the book's description of his time in jail actually made me physically ill, that's how descriptive it was, but also the author's strength in making you feel the grittiness of it all was powerful enough to cause that reaction.
Anyway, this novel (written under a non de plume) is what I thought of when I read your comment--that a governing body would go to such lengths to hunt down and then punish such petty outbursts of despair or happiness--where the hell do such people come from that this is part of their life's goals?
Posted by: Lisl at September 21, 2014 12:35 AM
Posted by: nadadhimmi at September 21, 2014 09:18 AM
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