Iranian media Photoshops Michelle Obama’s Oscar dress
While we here in the United States gawked at Michelle Obama’s well-sculpted biceps while she presented the award for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, news agencies in Iran were busy Photoshopping her.
Fars, a news agency in Iran, Photoshopped pictures of the First Lady by adding sleeves and a higher neckline to her dress, in order to confirm with Iranian restrictions on images of females in the media.
Michelle Obama presented the Oscar to “Argo” a film about American hostages in Iran.
In Iran, rules dictate that Iranian women shown on state television should wear a hijab that covers their hair, arms and legs. The rules vary for foreign women, allowing them to not wear a hijab, but still comply with conservative dress code.
This is not the first time a dignitary or celebrity has been censored. Many films are edited frame by frame in order to cover up actors or even delete certain scenes.
Iranians were also unhappy with “Argo” winning best picture. Many believe the movie exaggerated Iranian stereotypes and portrayed the country in a negative way, often times not showing a difference between ordinary citizens and revolutionaries in the hostage crisis.
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