Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mixed Messages

TEHRAN -- It was not enough that became notorious here among Iranian websites for a Fars photo depicting Tehran mayor Qalibaf seated between two very large, very round watermelons, or the story about Arab pop singer Nancy Ajram holding a concert for her Iranian fans. On the heels of a ban on "half-naked men" and "love triangles" on Iranian TV, Khabaronline seems to have decided that it's appropriate to tell the Iranian fans of True Blood how this HBO series is going to end -- and it's directly translated from the Hollywood Reporter, no less.

The headline: “Cast tell about their deaths on True Blood + pictures.”

By all accounts, True Blood is not an Islamically-appropriate show and by Islamic Republic standards it reeks of western decadence. For those who haven’t seen it, the story of Sookie Stackhouse is filled with graphic sexual encounters, vampires, witches, brujos, ghosts, fairies, shapeshifters and mediums considered un-Islamic. During Ramadan, borderline supernatural themes of an Iranian TV series caused uproar here with Friday prayers leaders openly speaking out against the IRIB for funding such productions. The inappropriate-for-family-viewing broadcast during the Holy Month claimed the lives of two young children who wanted to see what it would be like to be ghosts.

With this report, Khabaronline, which is affiliated with Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani and in a way the unofficial Majles website, officially violated what is known as Arzeshhaye Khanevade (family values) in the Islamic Republic. For those fans who may not have seen the season finale, this Khabaronline article is not advised for you either. -- Tehran Editor

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