300 spark an outcry in Iran

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All of Tehran was outraged. Everywhere I went yesterday, the talk vibrated with indignation over the film 300 a movie no one in Iran has seen but everyone seems to know about since it became a major box office surprise in the U.S. As I stood in line for a full hour to buy ajeel, a mixture of dried fruits and nuts traditional to the start of Persian new year festivities, I felt the entire queue, composed of housewives with pet dogs, teenagers, and clerks from a nearby ministry, shake with fury.

I hadn’t even heard of the film until that morning when a screed about it came on the radio, so I was able to nod darkly with the rest of the shoppers, savoring a moment of public accord so rare in Tehran. Everywhere else I went, from the dentist to the flower shop, Iranians buzzed with resentment at the film’s depictions of Persians, adamant that the movie was secretly funded by the U.S. government to prepare Americans for going to war against Iran. “Otherwise why now, if not to turn their people against us?” demanded an elderly lady buying tuberoses. “Yes, truly it is a grave offense,” I said, shaking my own bunch of irises.

The ancient battle drama is a Spartanian smash
I returned home to discover my family in a similar state of pique. My sister-in-law sat behind her laptop, sending off an e-mail petition against the film to half of Tehran, while my husband leafed through a book on the Achaemenid Empire, noting that Herodotus had estimated the Persian army at 120,000 men, not one million as the film claimed. The morning newspaper lay on the table with the headline “300 AGAINST 70 MILLION!” (the population of the country). It was echoed by the evening news: “Hollywood has opened a new front in the war against Iran.”

The timing of the computer-generated film, which depicts the ancient confrontation of Sparta and the Persian empire at the Battle of Thermopylae, is certainly inauspicious. It falls on the eve of Norouz, Persian new year, a time when Iranians typically gather in proud celebration, observing rites that date back over 3,000 years, way before Islam, to the age of Zoroastrianism, when their ancient land produced the world’s first monotheistic religion.

It is not a particularly welcome season to be portrayed as pillaging, deranged savages. Since the entire country will be on two weeks of official holiday, there will be no shortage of time to sit about discussing the slight and what it portends for Iran’s current confrontation with the United States. For a people prone to conspiracy logic, the box office success of 300, compared with the relative flop of Alexander (another spurious period epic dealing with Persians) is cause for considerable alarm, signaling ominous U.S. intentions.

While the hullabaloo over 300 may dampen Iranians’ holiday spirits, it offers common cause between people and their estranged government. Top officials and parliament have scorned the film as though it were a matter of state, and for the first time in a long while, taxi drivers are shaking their fists in agreement when the state news comes on. Agreeing that 300 is egregious drivel is fairly easy. I’m relatively mellow as Iranian nationalists go, and even I found myself applauding when the government spokesman described the film as fabrication and insult.

Iranians view the Achaemenid empire as a particularly noble page in their history and cannot understand why it has been singled out for such shoddy cinematic treatment, as the populace here perceives it, with the Persians in rags and its Great King practically naked. The Achaemenid kings, who built their majestic capital at Persepolis, were exceptionally munificent for their time. They wrote the world’s earliest recorded human rights declaration, and were opposed to slavery.

Cuneiform plates show that Persepolis was built by paid staff rather than slaves And any Iranian child who has visited Persepolis can tell you that its preserved reliefs depict court dress of velvet robes, and that if anyone was wearing rags around 500 B.C., it wasn’t the Persians.

It is going to take an act of foolhardy courage to distribute that film in Iran. It will truly be 70 million against 300.

I thought it is only a movie…meant for entertainment with computer imagery…not sure how it will lead to war with Iran.

propaganda had been in this world for so long. this usually is a start of a new war. good example and nearer to home is the Japanese “Asia untuk orang Asia” or “Asia for Asian” before they start the war against the west in world war II. they try to make the British look bad so it seem ok for them to invade malaya at that time.

the most recently one is more “real” life is how us use the media around the world to spread the news that iraq have some kind of chemical or biological weapon. we know by now that this is untrue.

that reminds me. talking how a movie is actually a tools to bring down someone, i had almost the same feeling when i watch Flightplan by Jodie Foster…hehehe…as the movie take place in a full double decker plane, can help to feel like Boeing is paying the movie maker to scare consumer about using Airbus A380…hehehe… :stuck_out_tongue:

Trust no one nowadays. I met a Gulf War vet who’s said he’s seen the chemical weapons in storage after they took over Iraqi installations at the time (90s). Maybe true back then but no longer any recently. That still served as a basis for war (bloody stupid decision, I might add) though it’s for ‘prevention’ of any further use. Information is now both useful or destructive at the same time, depending on how you use it.

About Boeing paying the movie producers to scare the consumer - come’on. That’s just conspiracy theorization. Along with everything else about the stupid wars happening nowadays (from both viewpoints).

i watched that movie oredi.
violence, gore n glory!!
great graphic, blood squirting every 10 minute.
it is a 18 PL movie but i saw alot of budak2 went in to c the movie.

cant blame iranian 4 thinking like dat.
after all, iraq was invaded based on false information.
it’s not western vs islam, but rather oil war…

Well, how many of us actually know Iran is actually the direct descendant of Persian Enpire ? Hmm… i only realized after reading the article. Maybe my history really sucks.

Hehehe, I knew about it. Through the original Prince of Persia game. I loved it so much I looked up information on Persia. Guess gaming really helps with education.

oh…common ian, i’m just joking…i just make up that stupid coversation with my gf after watching the movie with her…

never know iran and persian thingy…but didn’t we all come from the same decedent?..hehehehe

well, lately i just got really fed up with some of the thing that come out from the mouth of a few call “adult”. they could tell u thing now and tell the other people some other thing…big fat liars…be careful wat u head from the person u think u can trust the most. they could be trying to manipulate u…trust me, even someone very close to u…i’m experiencing it (yes, i’m using present tense because that person is still telling a lot of lie to me) :evil: