Monday Music: Happy in Tehran
It is illegal to be Happy in Tehran - particularly if you want to dance to the Pharrell Williams soul hit.
A group of young men and women were sentenced to 91 lashes each and six months imprisonment - the latter fortunately suspended. ‘All were convicted of vulgarity and illicit relations’ and the women for dancing with their heads ‘illegally bared’, and for ‘jumping and jiving with the men’. Apparently one of the judges described the video (which was uploaded to YouTube) as ‘pornography’.
The New York Times has some good coverage of this which you can read here.....