Friday, August 26, 2016


Iranians Show Their Button-Flies To Netanyahu

In his first interview with a Persian-language media outlet, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a lot of harsh things to say about Iran and its government.  But the comment that really struck a nerve touched on fashion.

"I think if the Iranian people had freedom they would wear jeans, listen to Western music, and have free elections," Netanyahu told the BBC's Persian Service in an interview published on October 5.

The faux pas set off a wave of ridicule from Iranians who rushed to post photos of themselves wearing jeans on social media, often with snide comments about the quality of the work done by the Israeli spies that are assumed to be blanketing Iran. The #jeans and #jeansiniran hashtags took off on Twitter, with many posts being aggregated on other sites.

"My countrymen wear blue jeans and they listen to Western music and they are amazing and don't you dare patronize us. EVER!" wrote one Twitter user.

"Sir, I listen to #charlieparker and #frankzappa, wear jeans and vote," wrote another.

Although the focus of the outrage was the blue-jeans remark, many posted photos of their Western CDs or their cellphones playing Western music as well.

Although women in Iran are required to cover their hair in public and to dress modestly, jeans are commonly worn by both women and men. 

On a more serious note, some Iranians wondered how Netanyahu could know so little about Iran. "Netanyahu doesn't know Iranians wear jeans. How does he know Iran is making nuclear bombs?"

"Actually I am happy that @Netanyahu talked this way, he showed more & more that 1. He knows nothing about Iranians [and] 2. He lies & lies."

One user posted a photograph of Alireza Ahmadi Roshan, the son of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, an Iranian nuclear scientist who was assassinated in Tehran in January:

That post has been retweeted dozens of times.

If Israel's prime minister hasn't yet had enough of seeing how smartly Iranians dress, he might check out this photoblog. Jeans and a lot more.

-- Robert Coalson
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Comment Sorting
by: julio from: sarasota
October 07, 2013 12:59
I find the article foolish, since comments like those included say nothing about "jeans" and Iranian society or freedom there. I know nothing about Iran and aftervreading the article I didnt learn anything. For instance the author could have found out the unit market size for jeans in Iran and compared it with Israel's on a per capita basis... Empty, empty...
In Response

by: Apostolos from: Austin, TX, USA
October 08, 2013 17:19
Your coment is also empty. Netanhayu has been proven a liar many times. Ask the French ambassador as welll as our president..

by: Arie Csillag from: USA
October 07, 2013 13:25
Nedā Āghā-Soltān RIP. It is unfortunate the Iranianas cannot humiliate Netanyahu with free elections.

by: eran from: new york
October 08, 2013 13:48
you are missing the point !

go to a protest at your country lets see whos gonna be back in one peace !
In Response

by: Irani from: USA
October 09, 2013 16:58
It is not your business to tell iranian people to protest or not. They will deal with their own problems themselves since they don't tell you what to do. Leaving in the US doesn't give you the credibility to tell people what to do. Go solve your own problems. You go protest in New York city. In your country 90 something percent of wealth is in the hands of 1% of people. Why don't you protest in your free country. Go protest. It is easier for you since US is free. Go protest and ask for a better health care program. Go protest and say why did we go to meaning less wars.

by: Ivan from: California
October 08, 2013 19:32
Next thing you know there will be a True Religion store in Tehran

by: Frederick Melick from: Sydney
October 10, 2013 23:06
Typical of BN, ignorant as usual.

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