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Iran cracks down on controversial pop music video through arrests

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Iranian authorities on Thursday arrested several music producers linked to an Iranian pop singer living in California, his management company and Iranian media outlets said in a recent attempt by Tehran to stop it. which thinks that the imperfect behavior of the West

The arrests come as Iranian social media spread criticism of popular Iranian underground singer Sassi or a new music video for Sasan Heydari Yafte. The video, titled “Tehran Tokyo”, features actresses, including an American porn star, entering the gym in kimonos, bodicos, short dresses, on top of cars, and behind bars. The video garnered 18 million views in one week.

Over the years, Sassi has become known for his controversial remarks, which Iranian conservatives see as undermining the country’s moral health. In the previous song, in which she was also a porn actress, she instructed the teenagers to take pictures of alcohol, if they can not sleep, փոխարեն scroll through Instagram instead of completing homework.

In Iran, where the government has tight control over traditional media outlets such as newspapers and television, authorities have used courts to patrol social media platforms, which they are unable to do. Hours before the video went live Wednesday night, Iranian security forces arrested two prominent musicians working on a song in the southern city of Shiraz and attacked their studio. He said the brothers, Mohsen Behrouz Manouchehr, were now being prosecuted by the Tehran Criminal Court.

A week ago, a commercial for a song featuring Alexis Texas, a famous porn star dancing to Parisian pop, sparked public outrage that authorities had pledged to investigate the plot. Iranian conservative activists soon cracked down on those involved in the release or production of the video.

“It’s pretty crazy, he’s just dancing like any other person in any ordinary music video, he’s not doing anything wrong with these scenes,” Rafahi said of Alexis Texas. “Sassi’s mission is not to create destruction, but to make people happy.”

In Iran, semi-official news agencies confirmed several arrests on Wednesday, alleging that Sassi’s colleagues in Iran had produced music “against a culture”.

The Fars news agency, which is believed to be close to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, also accused Iranian music producers of running gaming sites on Sassi’s orders. Rafahi said the allegations of gambling stemmed from a misunderstanding, given that the poker site had helped sponsor the music video.

Sassi is now a permanent resident of the United States, having lived in exile in Iran in 2009 as a successful underground rapper. “Since the video was released, Iran has promised to ‘pursue its case with international law enforcement,'” he said. Farsi report.

Although hardliners see the song as a Western attack on Islamic teachings, thousands of people across the country disagree. With a generally attractive rhythm, hip-hop teenagers in their twenties posted videos on social media in their living rooms, kitchens, workplaces, t-shirt synchronization, dancing, and percussion poses in Tokyo, Tehran. In the videos, many women wear bright lipstick and a few cover their hair with a hijab.

Iran’s semi-official news agencies report that those “collaborating with Sassi” will face “decisive legal action”. It remains unclear whether police have arrested any of the fans of lip synchronization.

1979 By imposing the spiritually controlled system of the Islamic Revolution that still exists today, the Revolutionary Guards spread much of its society through laws prohibiting women from dancing in public or leaving the country without hijab. Authorities have previously cracked down on music, including arresting young Iranians who were featured in videos dancing to Parel Williams’ hit song “Happy” in 2014.

Under pressure from the harsh lines, the Iranian government has long blocked access to various websites և social media platforms, from YouTube և Facebook to և Twitter և Telegram. Young Iranians still control the turning points by accessing social media to share songs outside of Sassi’s law through proxies VPNs.


Associated Press writer Amir Vahdat, Iran, Tehran, contributed to this report.


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