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Iranian Group Wants To Give Michelle Obama An Award For Proving Oscars Are ‘Political’

Michelle Obama announces the "Best Picture" Oscar from the White House.
Michelle Obama announces the "Best Picture" Oscar from the White House.
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An Iranian military commander says his group will give U.S. first lady Michelle Obama an award for revealing the "real nature" of Hollywood’s annual Oscar awards.

Commander Yaghoub Soleimani, a senior member of the Rahian Noor Camp -- said to be affiliated with Iran's Basij force, a paramilitary organization operating under the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps -- said on March 28 that the decision by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to have Mrs. Obama award the Best Picture Oscar to the "anti-Iranian" film "Argo" prompted some "supporters of the Islamic Revolution" to organize an "international congress" to give her a prize.

He was quoted as saying that the first lady deserves her own award for proving, albeit inadvertently, that the awards for such movies are based on political, not artistic, criteria.

"Argo" depicts the plight of six Americans who escaped the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover and subsequent hostage siege and found refuge in the Canadian ambassador’s residence.

Iranian news sources report that the three-day event started on March 27 and is being held in the town of Shalamcheh, which is on the border with Iraq.

Soleimani said the Swiss ambassador to Iran has been invited to the congress -- which is inexplicably titled "Wet Gunpowder" -- to receive the award on behalf of Obama.

The Swiss Embassy in Tehran represents U.S. interests in the Islamic republic.

Soleimani told the semi-official Fars news agency that if the Swiss ambassador decided not to attend, the award statue would be mailed to Obama, presumably at the White House.

This is just the latest odd response by Iran to "Argo," which seems to have become a lingering irritant for the Iranian establishment.

Iranian officials criticized the movie before its February 24 win at the Oscars and then again after.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the Iranian government has hired a French lawyer to file a lawsuit against "Hollywood" over a series of movies, including "Argo," that Iranian officials say distort the true image of the Islamic republic.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 29, 2013 08:15
VIDEO: and while the Beavuses are getting ready to get nuked by the DPRK intercontinental ballistic missile forces, Soyuz spacecraft blasts off to ISS on fastest-ever flight - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx_0Sq55NVs&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
March 29, 2013 12:51
And while wily EU genio is ready to push the NKorean button to bring down the Shamerican evil empire once and for all,the iranians are gonna present Auntie Obama with a special see-thru burkha for her efforts become the White House Angelina Jolie!!!
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by: Mamuka
March 29, 2013 13:22
Oh lighten up Evgeniy! Besides, won't Michelle look beautiful once they photoshop in her chador and headscarf?
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 29, 2013 17:54
Well, Mamuka, Michelle will never look as beautiful as Hillary Clinton does :-)))... Talking seriously, ALL the representatives of the nation of Beavuses and Buttheads are simply ugly and look extremely unappetitlich - one can attribute this fact, probably, to that the genetically-modified "food" that they are so fond of makes them as degenerate as we all know they are :-))).
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
March 29, 2013 18:35
Aaah,Mama muka,you aint seen nuthin yet-Eugenio is going to be the April centerfold in the russian edition of Playgirl,and he`s gonna cover the Beatles` Michelle in a chastushka version feat.Jacko from the US.Meanwhile we can only congratulate the First Lady-the only woman /or a man/ who can beat Uncle Tom black and blue without being sent to Guantanamo by the FBI !!!

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