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Iran TV Shocks Nation with Uncensored Video of Musical Instruments

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On January 25, 2014 @ 9:20 am In The Point | 4 Comments

If you can follow the logic behind this train of thought, you just might be a Shiite Muslim. Still counterrevolutions have to start small. Like not photoshopping flowers in place of musical instruments.

Iran’s Channel One television has caused a sensation by showing musical instruments on screen for the first time in 30 years, it’s reported. Some Shia Muslim clerics say broadcasting music is at odds with the religion, and Iran has adopted a curious policy of broadcasting concerts but not showing the instruments – often replacing them with pictures of flowers.

Strangely, TV aimed at Iranians abroad does show instruments.

… because that’s the only strange thing about all this.

I’ve heard of enjoying the beef, but not wanting to see how it gets made. In Iran, you can enjoy music, so long as you don’t actually watch how it gets made.

Channel One’s move was welcomed by Iran’s more liberal media. Sharq newspaper ran a major article which declared: “The spell on showing instruments in the national media is finally broken”. But Gholamreza Bakhtiari, the producer of the programme in question, insisted the incident was an error. The hardline Fars news agency quoted him as saying that the footage was “simply our mistake”, and that “of course, I am ready to accept the consequences”.

Off with his head. He displayed musical instruments without replacing them with flowers.

IRIB, the Iranian state broadcaster, has faced criticism over the long running ban. Singer Alireza Qorbani complained that Iranian children are being cut off from their cultural legacy by a broadcaster that is happy to show knife fights in feature films. In response to the debate, IRIB recently showed jazz-fusion outfit Palett miming instruments during a recent performance.

Air saxophone is a uniquely Shiite niche.


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