Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Iranian News Agency Photoshops Michelle Obama for the Sake of Modesty

"Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." ~President Barack Obama

"And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest, and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils over their bosoms, and not to reveal their adornment save to their own husbands or fathers or husbands' fathers, or their sons or their husbands' sons, or their brothers or their brothers' sons or sisters' sons, or their women, or their slaves, or male attendants who lack vigour, or children who know naught of women's nakedness. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And turn unto Allah together, O believers, in order that ye may succeed." ~Qur'an 24:31


Iran (ABC News)—A semi-official Iranian news agency called Fars altered an image of Michelle Obama at the Academy Awards to appeal to their more conservative readers.

An image was Photoshopped to show Mrs. Obama with covered shoulders and chest-a stark contrast from the sleeveless silver gown that she was wearing by designer Naeem Khan on Sunday night.

Although modest by American standards, the designer gown, which exposed the shoulders and partial chest of the first lady, violated the codes of modesty enforced in many Muslim countries.

Patrick Ventrell, deputy State Department spokesperson, wouldn't comment on Michelle Obama's manipulated photo but he did say that the State Department has seen images and statements manipulated in the past by the Iranian government.

"We've persistently seen Iranian news agencies, whether they're partially or fully state-run, use fabrication and use other means to distort images."

Ventrell continues, "It's something that we've seen in the past here in this department. We've seen photos manipulated. We've seen official statements manipulated. So there would be nothing new. It wouldn't surprise me." (Continue Reading.)

7 comments:

Justin said...

I am unsure why an Islamic news organization would even bother with the Academy Awards. For that matter, I am unsure why Christians would either.

Instead of falsifying the picture of the First Lady of the United States exposing half of her chest to the entire world, it would have been better to simply state that her photo would not be shown for modesty reasons.

I would agree with and support that, as opposed to falsifying the image.

Quran is Corrupt said...

@Justin...oh I am sure Iran was watching to see how the movie Argo was going to do. Remember it was about the Iranian Revolution.

lol

Joe Bradley said...

As long as they were Photo Shopping Michelle, they should have put her in a burqa.

David M said...

Lol why is this a issue.. I agree with the photoshop, she does not need to show all that lets keep stuff covered. Also maybe obumba is one of theres so tbey wanted her to look modest representing iran.

David M said...

Lol why is this a issue.. I agree with the photoshop, she does not need to show all that lets keep stuff covered. Also maybe obumba is one of theres so tbey wanted her to look modest representing iran.

rowland said...

The designer of the dress is "Naeem Khan" which sounds like a persian name, I think this is a propaganda tact to boost persian (iranian) moral. Imagine them saying - The First lady is wearing a dress made by one of ours, we are so so talented very soon we'll take over the world. Lols.

BOOTA SINGH said...

I am glad to know that Iranian news agency use Photoshop to cover Michelle Obama’s chest and arms. Pakistani news agency never bother to use Photoshop, they simply use black marker. Lol