Golshifteh Frahani: A Post-Revolution Revolutionary

Iranian actress, Golshifteh Farahani, posed nude for Le Figaro. Courageous act of rebellion against a very old,conservative, and religious mentality.The huge uproar that this picture has caused so far is amazing.But, it was expected.

Many Iranians in facebook, twitter, blogs are talking about it.Everybody is either defending, or attacking Golshifteh for her picture. Seems every Iranian feels obliged to comment on this matter.

When I saw this picture, the first thing I noticed was her eyes.  And Golshifteh’s eyes reminded me of Neda‘s eyes.

When they shot Neda, on that bloody Saturday afternoon of June 20, 2009, in Tehran, they did not think anybody would capture that great injustice, but a cellphone camera recorded a frantic scene that concluded with Neda looking into the camera for the last time. It was as if Neda was about to say something, to utter her last words,or maybe to ask for help. But, all she could do was to look, and die.

While Neda’s eyes was filled with shock, and disbelief of what was happening, she and Golshifteh,both, diffused one emotion: melancholia.

Golshifteh and Neda were both active supporters of Green movement. Both participated in rallies, and donned green apparels in the post-election days of June 2009. One was killed, the other had to go to  exile. Both were not needed by them.

They became symbols. Symbols of female rebellion? Youth dissent? Or,what? I still cannot explain what it is that Neda is a symbol of, or Golshifteh represents.

But it does not matter.

What matters is what both of them did to the Iranian conscious. Iranians love to be distracted of what is going on in their society. Instead of commenting on Iranian society, economy and politics, most Iranians prefer to talk about anything that does not involve Iran directly, and is a safe topic.

Neda’s murder reminded Iranians who the enemy is. Reminded them who is responsible for the atrocities happening in Iran on daily basis. It exposed that Ahmadinejad is not the culprit, but the all respectable, and holly Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei is. A taboo was broken. Neda broke it.

In a society, that women’s  rights is non-existent, and all women are considered the honor, and the property of men, Golshifteh broke a taboo. She proclaimed eloquently that she owns her life, her body, and her mind. Her action will be remembered as one of the most sober acts of rebellion in modern Iran.

All on her own, Neda paid dearly for her wish of freedom and democracy.Will Golshifteh be alone? Will the divided Iranian society ostracize her? Or,will she be lauded as an icon?

Time will tell.

Wednesday, Early Morning,

January 18, 2012

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  • Ramin  On January 18, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am

    One was killed, the other had to go to exile. ?? She choosed for it dude !!

  • karwan mino  On January 18, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm

    publicly is great handwell

  • angie umaña  On January 18, 2012 2:11 pm at 2:11 pm

    A sad memory and likeness you do with these two girls .. if you believe you can manifest with nudity, not only in Iran because double standard there … nothing really amazing is that nudity is “divine” because we are a wonderful creation of God and is also created implicitly .. then sin and evil .. aja .. the poor Miguel Angel B. they covered their nudity in the Sistine Chapel for that of the incitement … is a natural heritage and the circumstances that can surround make it lose its value and divine implicit is where you can distort both magnificence

  • Nayef  On January 18, 2012 2:42 pm at 2:42 pm

    Haters gonna hate, mon ami. She’s doing her part to help change things.

  • errr ... as if I'd directly associate my name to this blog.  On January 18, 2012 3:20 pm at 3:20 pm

    ur sooo full of s**t, I can’t even be bothered to waste my brain cells telling u why, but thought u should know … maybe ull think logically next time you write … I do doubt it though.

  • ali baba  On January 18, 2012 3:39 pm at 3:39 pm

    that’s bullshit!
    shame on such people that don’t have anything to expose (such as art) and act as whores and prostitutes!

  • ali baba  On January 18, 2012 3:57 pm at 3:57 pm

    maybe neda was a Whore too!
    How come that what happened to her was filmed from many minutes before and with different angles???

  • Kambiz  On January 18, 2012 6:26 pm at 6:26 pm

    khaak bar saresh konam… halam ro be ham zad…. adame bi hayaa.. kam kam porno ham bazi mikone

  • Keyvan  On January 18, 2012 7:54 pm at 7:54 pm

    I Love You my GoleShefteh, Ba Lebass Ya BiLebass… albateh be lebass Bishtar HA HA HA Afarin

  • davlatbek  On January 19, 2012 5:58 am at 5:58 am

    it is very bad for a muslim women to do sth. against Isalmic rules.. if she is a muslim women…

  • Yazdan  On January 19, 2012 7:50 am at 7:50 am

    golshifteh is very Cute
    i want to eat his chest

  • nazi  On January 19, 2012 8:02 am at 8:02 am

    che goliye en goli

  • rany  On January 19, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am

    Tell to Neda and Golshifteh, if they want fuck…. just come to me…. i’ll fuck you both!

  • Atiqkhan  On January 20, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am

    USA and west know a true muslim mean to spend life follow always trueness,Allah orders and ibadat Allah and follow honesty and respect woman so parda is necessary but USA and west hurting muslims for their poltics and for their buisnessses and that is hurting badly USA and west if you want peace dont hurt muslim faith.

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