Iran Wants Apologies for The Wrestler and 300

March 2, 2009 By:
Iran Wants Apologies for The Wrestler and 300

A group of Iranian people are angered over a couple of American-made films that they think is offensive to their people. One is the more recent movie The Wrestler, and the other is from back in 2006, 300.

Art advisor to Iran’s president Javad Shamaghdari has demanded an apology from a group of visiting Hollywood actors and film industry executives, including Annette Bening. The group is currently in the country holding seminars in directing, screenwriting, acting, and other film-related subjects.

But Iranian film officials want an apology before they’ll meet with them. Shamaghdari said in a statement, “Cinema officials will only have the right to have official sessions with... Hollywood movie makers when they apologize to the Iranians for their 30 years of insults and slanders.”

Citing The Wrestler and 300, he also said, "The Iranian people and our revolution has been repeatedly unjustly attacked by Hollywood.” They believe 300 portrayed their Iranian ancestors as blood thirsty, while The Wrestler is being booed by countrymen for Mickey Rourke’s scene in which he tears the Iranian flag.

Shamaghdari added, "We will believe Obama's policy of change when we see change in Hollywood too, and if Hollywood wants to correct its behavior towards Iranian people and Islamic culture then they have to officially apologize.”

Correct us if we’re wrong here, but these are movies we’re talking about which means they are meant to be fictional and not real life. Do you think the Iranian people deserve an apology?