March 13, 2007


Iran condemns Hollywood war epic (BBC, 3/13/07)

Historical war epic 300 has been criticised as an attack on Iranian culture by government figures.

The Hollywood film, which has broken US box office records, is an effects-laden retelling of a battle in which a small Greek army resisted a Persian invasion.

Javad Shamqadri, a cultural advisor to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said it was "plundering Iran's historic past and insulting this civilization".

He branded the film "psychological warfare" against Tehran and its people.


Posted by Orrin Judd at March 13, 2007 7:37 PM

I'll see you a 12th Imam and raise you 300.

Posted by: ras at March 13, 2007 8:17 PM

Of course they're bitter. That war was the biggest upset in history until the Red Sox came back from 0-3 to beat the Yankees and then won the World Series.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at March 13, 2007 9:26 PM

So the country that wants to nuke Jews is worried about a movie giving it a bad image?

Posted by: Pre at March 13, 2007 9:37 PM

Fortunately, nobody seems to remember much about the Spartans, thus relieving us of much embarrassment at having them depicted (however inaccurately) as "defenders of freedom". Honestly? We'd all probably be much more comfortable as inhabitants of a remote satrapy of Xerxes' Persian Empire than as subjects of the Laconian tyranny.

Posted by: HT at March 13, 2007 10:49 PM

HT is talking to the wrong people: we do not name our cities and sports teams after the Helots.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 14, 2007 3:49 AM

I do wonder why Xerxes was made to look like a transvestite. AFAIK he was the typical bearded king type figure.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at March 14, 2007 5:43 AM

Just a good whine for an old battle. (And boy do they like to whine. But, once they get their nukes, they'll show us, just you wait and see!!!)

Actually, they're just upset because they weren't represented by the cartoon characters with all those luscious pecs, abs and 'toids in this Chippendalamo extravaganza.

(Perhaps someone should whisper in their hairy ears that they actually won the battle?)

Posted by: Barry Meislin at March 14, 2007 6:24 AM


Recall that they died defending all of Greece.

Posted by: oj at March 14, 2007 7:11 AM