Q: What could possibly have prompted Iran to decide to execute porn stars?

A: A woman. Duh.

Iran’s parliament on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill that could lead to the death penalty for persons convicted of working in the production of pornographic movies.

…It is widely believed that the drafting of the bill [which envisages convictions ranging from one year imprisonment to a death sentence for the main distributors of the movies and also producers of Web sites in which pornographic works appear, and will require an approval by the Guardian Council, a constitutional watchdog in Iran, to become law] came about as a reaction to a scandal last year, when a private videotape, apparently belonging to Iranian actress Zahra Amir Ebrahimi and allegedly showing her having intercourse with a man, became available across Iran.

Dirty slut!

(Who denies she is the woman in the film and dismisses it as a fake “made by a vengeful former fiance bent on destroying her career,” by the way.)

The videotape was leaked to the Internet and released on a black market DVD, becoming a full-blown Iranian sex tape scandal. Ebrahimi later came under an official investigation, which is still ongoing. She faces fines, whip lashing or worse for her violation of Iran’s morality laws.

Never mind that “pornographic material is easily accessible through foreign satellite television channels” and that “bootleg videotapes and CDs are also available on the black market on many street corners” in Iran, which suggests that Iranians aren’t quite as horrified by porn as their government might want them to be. (Go figure.) But like good radical conservative enforcers of a sexuality-suppressing morality, the parliament can’t be arsed with little details like reality.

Especially not when there are wanton hussies to punish! After all, the big issue is that fines, whip lashings, and “worse” just don’t give doodz enough range of punishment for libertine women who have the unmitigated temerity to enjoy sex. They really need execution on the table.

On the upside, anyone who wants to know who the perviest fuckers in all of Iran are can now just consult the list of backers of this legislation. Who said the GOP never taught us anything?

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10 responses to “Q: What could possibly have prompted Iran to decide to execute porn stars?

  1. Gabe

    The way porn is produced here in the US plays into (or reflects or maybe drives, I guess) how a woman’s sexuality is exploited to control her. That’s why there’s little interest for getting rid of it except for the bible thumpers (who probably wouldn’t want you to see their browser history though). Funny how sexuality is repressed to control women there and exploited to control women here. Same goal, opposite approach.

  2. I expect this will be enforced mostly against the actresses.

  3. shen

    what John, you think that the male actors, camera men. and buyers will all get off? wait, poor phrasing…..

    thank god for a democracy out there! see what people can do if they are given a chance.

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  5. no doubt they are all ready to show both their righteousness and their artistic resolve by televising the stoning or the beheadings. i know a bass player who was nearly detained at the airport in saudi arabia for “possession of pornography” charges. the pornography in question was vhs tapes of “Baywatch.”

  6. THIS JUST IN:

    Mike Huckabee and Sam Brownback endorse Iranian anti-smut law!

    (Whether they say it out loud or not)

  7. christen

    No seriously, I’d be interested to study how this story plays out in Middle America. Would John Q. Public agree with the Iranians and crave to pass such repressive and draconian laws here (aka punish the slutz), or see nothing in this story but “those crazy Arabs” and another one of their weird “muzlim” rulez and laugh it all off?

  8. Eric

    Will Iranian spys use extraordinary rendition to bring these violators of public decency to justice from any corner of the globe? XXX porn stars be warned, thanks to Bush, Iran can use the same crime fighting methods to snach you up and render you to Tehran. Move over Salman Rushdie

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  10. Molly, NYC

    You can reasonably assume that videos of the proposed executions will be used as stroke material all over Iran.

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