Iranian "Happy" video

In certain circumstances, even profoundly goofy pop music can have serious human stakes. Around the world, people are uploading videos of themselves dancing to Pharrell’s “Happy,” about as inoffensive a pop song as you can possibly imagine. But when a group of young Iranians uploaded a video of themselves dancing — not particularly salaciously — and called it “Happy We Are From Tehran,” Tehran police arrested and interrogated all of them. As the Huffington Post points out, Tehran police chief Hossein Sajedinia, who arrested seven or eight of the dancers in the video, calls the video “a vulgar clip which hurt public chastity” and adds that “Our dear youths should try to avoid these kinds of people. Like actors, singers, and these kinds of problems. Try to avoid it.” Below, watch the offending video and the news report about the young people being interrogated.

Tehran police chief Hossein Sajedinia needs to get the fuck out of here with that bullshit.

Comments (8)
  1. I can’t help but think there are a lot of people in the Iranian government that see crap like this and get a severe headache.

  2. What’s also interesting is the way the arrested were claiming to have been fooled or tricked into dancing in the video. I wonder if there’s any truth to that or if it’s a self defense maneuver, or maybe they were even told to say that?

  3. For years I have been saying Pharrell is a CIA operative trying to destabilize the iranian government. As you can imagine, I’m feeling pretty smug right now.

  4. Anyone dancing to this song should get arrested.

  5. That’s not happy at all.

  6. I would be down for local radio DJ’s being arrested for playing it every hour

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