Iran gives two thumbs down to “300”
March 15, 2007 4 Comments
Most people don’t realize that Persia is synonymous with Iran, maybe not culturally but definitely ethnically (Iranians are not Arabs by the way, they’re Aryan). I recall in high school there was a guy who said he was Persian but nobody knew where he was from. My guess is that he was ashamed of what his country had become after the revolution of ’79.
In the latest blockbuster, “300”, to emanate from Hollywood a band of fierce, war-like Spartans (300 to be exact, imagine that) is pitted against the mighty Persian army in the Battle of Thermopylae. The flick takes some liberties with the historical record, not something unheard of in Hollywood.
Well apparently the Iranian government (which by the way bears little resemblance to the Persian Empire) has taken offense to this film because of its depiction of the Persian Army (which I understand are taken as a bloodthirsty horde from the top on down).
This from Iranian cultural adviser, Javad Shangari, describes “300”:
part of a comprehensive U.S. psychological warfare aimed at Iranian culture
The Iranian press (Iranian daily Ayandeh-No) also chimed in:
Hollywood declares war on Iranians
I have not seen the movie but can anyone who has attest to its violent anti-Iranianism?