Iran Takes Offense to Zack Snyder’s 300

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.

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  • Steve

    If the Iranians had kept their yaps shut, no one would have even made the connection between the two.

    Most people in the Western world don’t know they’re Persians.

    That’s my 2 cents. :)

  • Goon

    i disagree that this film has any agenda. Its simply a war story told from the Spartans point of view, and thus the Persians will be made to be bigger badder and more extravagant. it makes sense.

    but in this case I cannot ENTIRELY blame the Iranians. why? Frank Miller’s big mouth. Anyone who goes out of their way to download his recent interview on NPR will hear him nearly break down crying about 9/11 and that Iraqis and Iranis are scum who deserve to be wiped off the face of the earth.

  • Phil

    “300” is the gayest thing I have ever seen. It’s just war porn, about how slaying barbarians is awesome, and it brings the Spartan military tough guy image to ridiculous homoerotic levels.

    WE!!! ARE!!! YELLING!!! IN!! SLOW!! MOTION!!

    So disturbing that that movie is a huge hit.

  • This is so out of hand. Variety also carried the story and they quoted someone as basically saying that all Iranians should take issue with the film. Yet, Azam Ali, a “World Music” superstar who lends her voice to the movie’s soundtrack made a point of posting a sort of disclaimer on her site regarding her participation in the film. (If anyone cares to read it: http://www.azamalimusic.com/main.php)

    I’m with you Sean, this is JUST a movie. People are reading way too much into it.

  • This is a dirty movie for iranian.
    U.S.A Don’t know what is young iranian thinking. I am sorry for them