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Schoolgirls Burn Barbie Dolls in “Death to America” Protest
They look just like normal school girls. Wearing black chadors over pink manteaux and headscarves, they stand around the yard gazing at a tin can marked “Death to America.” A fire is burning inside the tin.
One by one, the girls approach the fire. With a show of fury and hate, they snap the heads of the dolls off and throw them into the fire. The camera comes to rest on a school official, who holds her chador tightly around her face. “Barbie is a propaganda agent for Western culture,” she says. “So they are destroying the dolls in this ceremony.”
The schoolgirls throw the rest of the Barbie doll bodies into the fire. As a reward for their actions, they are given dolls with covered hair. The national TV news program 20:30 broadcasts a short clip of the ceremony, which took place at a school near Tehran.
Barbie dolls are very popular in Iran, and it is not the first time that they have been called a symbol of Western cultural invasion. On January 20, 2012 the national police force warned toy shops that it was an offence to sell Barbies and that those businesses caught selling them would be forced to close and the proprietors punished. “Tehran’s Public Places Police will carry out an operation to seize Barbie dolls across the city,” reported Mehr News Agency at the time. “The declared goal is to counter Western symbols, which promote moral laxity.”
“Up to now, the police have closed the shutters of at least 20 toy shops selling Barbie dolls,” the news agency reported, quoting an informed source.
The police operation followed the introduction of a new generation of made-in-Iran “Sara and Dara” dolls. According to Mohammad-Bagher Adousi, who at the time was the cultural deputy at the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, these dolls were not produced to counter Barbie dolls, but to make dolls inspired by authentic Iranian traditions available to children. Adousi also said that the ban on selling Barbie dolls was necessary because the toys set bad moral examples.
originally posted by: ErrorErrorError
Seriously ? Does this piece of news deserves it's own thread? Some girls burning their dolls ? Wow,ATS reminds me more and more of The Daily Fail. Jesus #ing Christ
They look just like normal school girls. Wearing black chadors over pink manteaux and headscarves, they stand around the yard gazing at a tin can marked “Death to America.”
originally posted by: Shiloh7
a reply to: Spider879
Best propaganda for the day I expect. And what do people in the West expect? Iran, like all the miserable islamic countries is ruled by clerics who, like early christians I would add, love to see people miserable and obedient to their whims and these clerics backed by their own police force can deal punishment publicly whenever they want.
Prime example of cleric hate is forcing little girls to burn their dollies and brainwashing them to hate some of their dollies.
Lets face it burning dolls in comparison to crucifying someone who gives king saud the birdie - small fry if you're honest!
Iranians are hard working and education there is for both men and women plus as a race they are very innovative - copy dollies. They have survived the most ferocious American sought sanctions against them, so for them not to have some form of dislike for what they naturally perceive as bullying saudi and israeli lackies would be unnatural.
When has Iran harmed the West unlike the sly religious war the saudi's have launched or their likely involvement in 9/11 or indeed the arrogant disregard for international laws the israeli's have. People forget there is a strong, but minority Jewish presence there treated in a very different way to the Palestinians.
originally posted by: Timely
a reply to: Spider879
See - trying to start inter-racial wars !!
Peel me another Prawn !
Is that short for Barbarian ?
Just wondering ...