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Hollywood Stars in Iran

Annette Bening, Iranian actor Fatemeh Motamed-Arya and Alfre Woodard at the Cinema Museum in Tehran yesterday. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Reporting from Tehran — A delegation of Hollywood actors and producers that arrived in Tehran over the weekend to meet with their counterparts has also been met by sharp government criticism.

A top Iranian cultural official Sunday demanded that the group from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, including academy President Sid Ganis and film stars Annette Bening and Alfre Woodard, apologize for Hollywood’s “insults and libel” against the Islamic Republic.

Some Iranians were irked by the depiction of ancient Persians in the film “300” as well as actor Mickey Rourke ripping up an Iranian flag during a scene in “The Wrestler.”

Javad Shamaqdari, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s cultural advisor, said an apology should be made before the group was allowed any meeting with ranking officials.

(full article here)

Hollywood attempts to extend a hand to Iran, and look at what it gets them. How naive can they be? This only serves to strengthen Ahmadinejad and weaken the US.

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One Response to “Useful Idiots from Hollywood get snubbed during Iran visit”

  1. David says:

    great headline – keep up the good work, Michael

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