In the mass theater piece that is today’s parliamentary election in Iran, one of the players showed up with an unwelcome prop. A young man voted in Tehran this morning, as shown in the above photo, while wearing a t-shirt that would be considered ironic in the U.S. but seems downright rebellious in Iran. In case you can’t make it out, the shirt reads, “God Bless America / Toby Keith / Pre-Concert Party / October 8, 2004.” There’s an American flag on the shirt, which is a bold fashion choice any day in Iran, but especially on a day when the state-run media are out and the security services are likely to be even touchier than usual.
The photo is funny — this kid’s got chutzpah — but it’s also a reminder of the challenges of protesting Iran’s political system, and even of the complex and sometimes contradictory nature of cultural tension between Iran and the West.
Read more. [Image: Mehr News Agency]