Six People Were Arrested for Dancing to Pharrell’s ‘Happy’

May 21, 2014 By:
Six People Were Arrested for Dancing to Pharrell’s ‘Happy’
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News spread across social media today after six young Iranians were arrested for sharing an online video of themselves dancing to Pharrell’s hit song “Happy.”

Filmed last month, the video is modeled after the singer’s own music video, which features a montage of people dancing in various settings.

After it hit nearly 180,000 views, the Tehran Police chief ordered that all those involved be arrested—three men, three women—for what he considered to be an “obscene” and “vulgar” video.

Originally titled “Happy in Iran” before it was taken down, you can watch a copy of the original version here:

The latest development, according to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, is that all those dancing in the video were released, except for the video’s director. Those six were then forced to repent for their “offenses” on state television this week.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani appeared to speak out against the arrests when he tweeted the following:



Pharrell also commented on the arrest reports via his official Facebook: