Michelle Obama Oscars Dress: Altered By Iranian TV!
byFree Britneyat February 26, 2013 5:08 pm
Michelle Obama's Oscars dress (by Naeem Khan) wasn't particularly risque by U.S. standards ... but in Iran, well, thatsort of thing is JUST NOT OKAY!Fars News, a TV network in Iran, edited the First Lady's dress in a story about her Academy Awards appearance postedon their website (see below).Note the digitally added sleeves and neckline. Oh, you clever Tehran TV editors. Good jobshielding Iranian viewersfromMichelle's provocative outfit.Fars News states that Obama, who handed out the Best Picture award, was used as a prop simply because the winnerwas “the anti-Iranian film
.”IranianCultureMinister Mohammad Hosseini lambasted it, saying, "The movie is an anti-Iran film. It is not a valuablefilm from the artistic point of view.""It won the prize by resorting to extended advertisement and investment."No word if they also alteredBen Affleck's Oscar speech, but he said Hollywood has "distorted history" as part of whatIrancalls a "soft war" of cultural influence.Another Iranian official labeled
"an advertisement for the CIA."The semiofficial Mehr news agency called the2013 Academy Awards' top prize was "politically motivated,” citing theFirst Lady’s presentation of the award.Iranian officials have repeatedly criticized the Ben Affleck film, which has not been screened in any Iranian theaters (yetis readily available in pirated form).Still, Iranian officials were not the only ones to criticizeMichelle Obama.The surprising presenter, appearing via satellite, instantly drew head shakes and loud groans from journalists whoquestioned the merits of the stunt."This makes no sense, it adds nothing to the show," one was quoted as saying, while another surmised the whole thingas something of a "suck job."