Is first lady Michelle Obama part of Hollywood’s latest ‘plot’? According to the Iranian leadership and its state-run media, the awarding of the best picture Oscar to Argo, a depiction of how U.S. Embassy staff escaped being held captive during the 1979 Iranian Revolution, reflects how Hollywood continues to be a tool of the U.S. political class. The fact that it was chosen over Lincoln, according to the state-run Mehr News Agency, is further proof that Hollywood ‘is not based on objective reality, but on a one-sided and distorted picture of the world.’
The Academy Awards news roundup from state-run Kayhan starts off this way:
TEHRAN: On Monday, Iranians dismissed Oscar-winning film Argo as a CIA advertisement, calling the award an American political statement to paper over the unflattering reputation it gained in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Ben Affleck’s Argo, which recounts the secret mission of several American diplomats during the 1979 Tehran hostage crisis, won the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday.
The politically-motivated choice was re-enforced by the surprise presenter: Michelle Obama.
According to the FARS News Agency, “In a rare event for Oscar history, the first lady announced the winner of the award for best picture: the anti-Iran Film Argo, which is produced by Zionist company Warner Bros.”
Others criticized Affleck’s reference to the Islamic Republic in his acceptance speech: “I want to thank our friends in Iran who live under terrible circumstances.”
“By distorting history, Ben Affleck continues to depict a bleak Iran, i.e.: Iranians living under terrible circumstances,” the Mehr News Agency said. “During an era in which Hollywood is already extremely politicized, and every Hollywood award and festival has been paying great attention to the anti-Iran film Argo, the 85th Academy Awards reveled the rawest politicization of Hollywood yet.”
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