Ignore Western Media Claims, Leila Hatami Is not to Be Flogged

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According to Western media headlines, the public flogging of Iranian actress and jury member of the Cannes International Film Festival, Leila Hatami is imminent in her native Iran, after photos showing her kissing the Cannes film festival president.

In this regard, the Daily Mail reported that “Iran’s top actress facing public flogging after she kissed male Cannes film festival boss on the cheek” and the Daily Beast tweeted that “The Kiss That Sent Iran Crazy and the Actress in A Separation to Be Flogged in ublic,”

But contrary to what the Western media say, Hatami no way facing a public flogging. Let’s get some facts straight:

Although the photo of Hatami did draw criticism from Iranian authorities including Iran’s deputy culture minister Hossein Noushabadi, there is No mention of a public flogging here.

The Western media claim is based on a small group of conservative female students seeking legal action against the actress, calling for Hatami to serve jail time, as well as to receive lashings. But the calls of these students are not newsworthy.

It should be noticed that Hatami has since apologized for the incident, saying that 83-year-old Jacob forgot the appropriate protocol for greeting her, and added that “he is certainly like an old grandfather who was also my host.”

This whole incident is yet another example of how stories from Iran are exaggerated in the Western media. What one group of small hardline students believes by no means reflects Iranian society at large.

It’s not that women don’t dance in Iran, or take off their veils, or kiss men and Iranian authorities are well aware of it. But their comments serve to create the illusion that these things do not occur.

In general, there’s no evidence that she would be punished for the kiss.

Award-winning actress, Leila Hatami, was born on October 1, 2021 in Tehran, Iran, to legendary Iranian Director, Ali Hatami, and actress mother, Zari Khoshkam (Zahra Hatami).

To date, Hatami has worked with some of the most celebrated Iranian directors. Moreover, her performance in The Deserted Station (2002) won the Best Actress award from the 26th Montreal World Film Festival. She also appeared in her husband’s directorial debut film, Portrait of a Lady Far Away (2005). In 2011, she won the prestigious Silver Berlin Bear award at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival for the Best Actress in a Leading Role in Asghar Farhadi’s internationally acclaimed film, A Separation (2011).

In April 2014, she was announced as a member of the main competition jury at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

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