Naked Activists Flash Flesh for Banned Iranian Actress
A fleshy rebellion is spreading hot and fast across the cybersphere, as a growing number of activists are stripping down in support of Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, who was reportedly banned from her homeland after posing topless for French magazine Madame Le Figaro.
Farahani -- who had earlier been banned from leaving her country for appearing in the 2008 Leonardo DiCaprio/Russell Crowe film "Body of Lies" -- appeared (see above) without a shirt, but with her hands covering her breasts, to protest Iran's restrictive policies toward women. The actress, who's now based in Paris, told the press that she was subsequently advised by the Iranian government that she is no longer welcome within her former country's borders.
But there might be a happy -- or at least sexy -- ending to the sad tale of gender oppression. Since world of Farahani's predicament broke, a movement has sprung up,
with supporters encouraging others to post Farahani's topless photo as a "PicBadge" of the actress' photo-shoot to their Facebook profiles.
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Other, more daring, supporters have gone so far as to post their own skin-baring portraits as a show of solidarity for the banished thespian. A Facebook page in support of Farahani has so far amassed 3,422 "likes," and boasts numerous photos of pro-Farahani-partisans posing in the buff.
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"This page has been formed, in order to support Golshifteh's move, in order to say NO to relegion [sic], tradition, culture and anti women's law," a statement on the Facebook page reads. "Viva freedom !!!"
A similar protest occurred in November, when supporters of controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei tweeted naked images of themselves in response to authorities detaining the artist and his assistant for distributing a photo of four naked women.
It's unclear what, if any, effect the movement will have on the infamously rigid Iranian government's decision.
If you happen to be surfing Facebook and come across a photo of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the buff with the words "Support Golshifteh" scrawled across his form, however, you can be pretty sure that the war has been won.
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