Skip to comments.Hollywood film The Wrestler 'insults Iran'
Posted on 12/14/2008 7:12:14 PM PST by melt
The country's media has reportedly condemned the film in part because of a fight sequence in which Rourke's character, Randy 'the Ram' Robinson, battles an opponent dubbed the Ayatollah.
During the fight, the Ayatollah, played by actor and former professional wrestler Ernest "the Cat" Miller, waves an Iranian flag before ramming the pole under his opponent's neck. Rourke's character then grabs the flag and snaps the pole over his knee before tossing it into the crowd.
Newspapers and websites in Iran say the Darren Aronofsky-directed film is just the latest manifestation of Western prejudice towards Iran in Hollywood films.
Last year, the Iranian government blasted Warner Bros over its "anti-Iranian" blockbuster 300, a graphic novel-based retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae, in which the Greeks triumph over the Persians.
It accused the Hollywood studio of participating in a campaign of "psychological warfare", "plundering Iran's historic past and insulting its civilization", and depicting Persians as "ugly and violent creatures rather than human beings".
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Waaaa!!! Another movie is in'sultan' to the little snot in Iran...
What does the Iron Sheik have to say about this!
Yeah, cuz Leonidas was a fictional character and the stand at Thermopylae was NOT an act of legendary heroism. I guess when your country's past doesn't include any such nobility, it seems like hubris when others boast of it.
It accused the Hollywood studio of participating in a campaign of "psychological warfare", "plundering Iran's historic past and insulting its civilization",
The rank idiocy and wild-eyed madness of the Hate America crowd is more than up to THOSE tasks.
and depicting Persians as "ugly and violent creatures rather than human beings".
Ugly? Uh huh. Violent? Well, two out of three beheaders agree: Iran is a great place to train.
More reason for me to watch Republican Mickey Rourke.
So, we Americans actually get to have ‘bad guys’ in our movies. Get over it. You guys ARE the bad guys, ok?
Except that the ruling class of Iran is pure evil and a bunch of delusional, exceedingly dangerous paranoid psychotics.
I guess the Iranian government is stupider than I thought they were.
Pro wrestling has always used ethnic stereotypes as part of its promotions and probably always will. But the stereotypes are just a reflection of the fan’s perceptions and carcicatures.
They just need to realize from this film that the western hoi polloi have a real negative idea about them(regardless of the words of the One)- and they need to straighten out their act if they don’t like it.
all the more reason to buy this movie I probably wont even weatch more than once...
But it’s ok for them to shout “Death to America”...
This coming from a group of people who burn every American flag they come across.
I guess they still have that fatwa on Hulk Hogan?
If Iran and Iranians think this tripe insults iran, iranians islam and arabs and muslims they would surely be shocked if they saw how I insult this religion of death.
Hang on, I have to go outside to face towards mecca and piss.