antisemitism,  Iran

Iran: Spiderman and Superman good, Simpsons bad

What’s fascinating here is not so much that the Iranian government has banned dolls of the Simpsons cartoon characters. It’s that Mohammad Hossein Farjoo, secretary of policymaking at Iran’s Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (shudder), approved the sale of Spiderman and Superman dolls.

“They help oppressed people and they have a positive stance,” he said.

I don’t want to get Mr. Farjoo in trouble, but perhaps he is unaware that both Spiderman and Superman are the creations of– um, er, how can I say this?– Jews.

In fact malign Jewish influence in popular culture appears to have been one of the topics at the 2nd international conference on Hollywoodism and Cinema in Tehran this month. This is from a Press TV interview with one of the participants, Tom Pollard:

Press TV: What are your views about the Jewish influence in Hollywood? How have they been able to use their domination in Hollywood to their advantage? And what are the pros and cons, given that only two to three percentage of the US population is Jewish?

Pollard: Well it’s and [sic] interesting point and it’s often raised, especially at this conference that we’ve attended. And it’s certainly true, that Jewish producers and directors do dominate a large segment, I mean not all of the, of course, I mean you can think of a lot of fine filmmakers that are not Jewish.

But they do have a disproportioned amount of influence.

Considering the Iranian regime’s usual sensitivity about Jewish– or, if you prefer, Zionist– influence in the media, it appears Mr. Farjoo may have made a big mistake.

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