Iran Nitpicks 300’s Historical Accuracy

VILIFIED Persians, Motherfuckers (inset)

How do you say irony in Farsi? Artists and politicians in Iran are protesting 300, complaining that the action movie about the battle of Thermopylae distorts history to vilify Persians—ancient and modern. “No doubt it is hard for the hegemonic powers to see a firm, religious Iran that has pricked their bubbles,” reads a somewhat inscrutable statement from a group called the Artists of Fars Art Bureau, according to the Tehran Times. In other words, a strong Iran gives Westerners the willies.

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