May 21, 2014

The Crime of Being 'Happy' in Iran

Jason Rezaian, Washington Post

The Associated Press

People around the world are expressing anger and disbelief over the arrests of six young Iranians who appeared in and took part in producing a video set to the Pharrell Williams song “Happy.” The video which went viral online. Many news reports and commenters on social media have simplified the arrests into some version of the headline that "no one is allowed to be ‘happy’ in Iran.” But that does not illuminate a bigger issue, which is the complicated nature of Iran’s power structure and what this case says about disagreements within it.

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