Monday, June 25, 2007

Backsides to the Future: Iran Not Safe for Porn

If you were looking for a place to shoot your next "adult" movie, forget about Tehran - REALLY.

According to this Article at CNN, Iran's Parliament has voted for a bill that could lead to the death penalty for anyone involved in making a pornographic movie

With a 148-5 vote in favor and four abstentions, lawmakers present at the Wednesday session of the 290-seat parliament approved that "producers of pornographic works and main elements in their production are considered corrupter of the world and could be sentenced to punishment as corrupter of the world." ...

The bill also envisages convictions ranging from one year imprisonment to a death sentence for the main distributors of the movies and also producers of Web sites in which the pornographic works appear.

Besides videos, the bill covers all electronic visual material, such as DVDs and CDs. Other material, such as porn magazines and books, are already banned under Iranian law.

To become law, the bill requires an approval by the Guardian Council, a constitutional watchdog in Iran.

And considering that the Guardian Council is the band of old farts who see to it that a "reform" candidate is even more repressive than your average, American Evangelical Republican, chances are good this will get all the approval it needs.

I'm not really surprised by this action, but I am amused to think of the blowback it will cause in the American Right. Are we prepared to condemn Iran for doing something that, if they had their druthers, a lot of Virtuecrats would run through over here, too? Are we going to fight for Iran's right to fuck and film?

Let's all keep an eye on the usual "bomb Iran" suspects. Watching them make talking points out of this is going to be amazing comedy.


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