Last year the nation of Kazakhstan was none to pleased about the portrayal of their country in Sacha Baron Cohen’s smash hit comedy Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. And perhaps deservedly so. However, recently Iran came out and slammed Zack Snyder’s 300, calling it an “attack on Iranian culture”, and the whole ordeal just seems like a bit of a stretch. In case you’re wondering where Iran was ever mentioned within 300, the massive Persian army led by King Xerxes are seen as the ancestors of modern Iran.
Javad Shamaqdari, a cultural advisor to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said that Hollywood had a history of making anti-Iranian films. “American cultural officials thought they could get mental satisfaction by plundering Iran’s historic past and insulting this civilization… Following the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Hollywood and cultural authorities in the US initiated studies to figure out how to attack Iranian culture. Certainly, the recent movie is a product of such studies.” Well, here’s one movie that probably won’t be playing over in Iran anytime soon. Whether or not Frank Miller, Zack Snyder, or indeed anyone in Hollywood actually has an anti-Iranian agenda remains to be seen. Call me crazy, but somehow I think their main motivation was, oh I don’t know, MAKING MONEY.» Related Link: BBC News [via]