At least six Iranians were arrested in May for appearing in a YouTube clip in which boys and girls danced on the streets to Pharrell Williams’ Oscar-nominated song “Happy.”
The detainees were even forced to repent for their “crime” on Iran's state-run national television. Men and women, who purportedly appeared in the controversial video, were shown “confessing” on camera.
Although all the dancers were released after several days of interrogation and international outrage, an almost similar incident has occurred within a month.
According to reports from the country’s official news agency Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA):
Two people have reportedly been arrested for singing and dancing in the music video for the song “Gole Iran” dedicated to the Iranian soccer team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by Ajam, a London-based band that plays Iranian roots music.
The reason for the arrests provided by the authorities is the same as “Happy in Tehran” – impropriety.
Police Chief Col. Rahmatollah Taheri called the video “vulgar,” advising the youth not to participate in such activities.
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The music video features clippings of Iranian soccer enthusiasts from more than a dozen countries around the world, including the town of Shahroud, east of the Iranian capital Tehran, where the two men were taken into custody.
Music and dancing is not prohibited or illegal in Iran and football is apparently the most popular sport of the country – closely followed by wrestling and volleyball.
However, some parts of the video, such as women dancing with men without covering themselves, go completely against the Islamic code of conduct which can explain – of course not justify – why the arrests were made.
It’s really unfortunate that the two unsuspecting fans got into trouble for sending in their contributions to a band based outside Iran.
You can watch “Gole Iran” in the YouTube link posted below.
The best part about the song is that although you might not be able to understand the lyrics, you’d still enjoy it. It could even be better than this year’s official World Cup anthem “We Are One (Ole Ola)” by Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez that, perhaps, failed to live up to the hype.