October 16th, 2013
09:14 AM ET

Why Iranians got their jeans in a twist

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It’s no surprise that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offended some Iranians with what he said at the United Nations recently, describing the country’s new president as a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

But that comment actually wasn’t what sparked an anti- Netanyahu Twitter campaign in Iran, although it was a clothing related faux pas. Netanyahu said: “I think if the Iranian people have their way they would be wearing blue jeans, they would have western music, they'd have free elections.”

Perhaps Mossad missed this one. But we could have helped him out here. You see, Iranians do wear jeans. They've done so for years. We saw a lot of people in denim when we were in Tehran two years ago.

As we said at the time, Tehran is a bustling cosmopolitan city, and its people are very fashionable. But Iranians found his comment condescending. They took to Facebook and Twitter and the message was clear. Zip it, Netanyahu, we wear jeans. They posted pictures of Iranians doing just that. Praying in jeans. The ayatollah reading to a child in jeans, and photos like the one in the video, mocking Bibi’s famous red line speech.

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  3. You might have jeans

    But what about Western music, free (real) elections, open internet, free speech, freedom from islame, etc.?

    October 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  4. RT Colorado

    Is this article an attempt at humor? Iranians flocking to medias such as Twitter to comment on the Israeli Prime Minister's choice of words regarding music, jeans and freedom means nothing to us. Caring about Iranians what think about a specific remark by the Israeli Minister makes about as much sense as caring about what Americans think about on just about anything...it'll drive you nuts, so don't worry about it.

    October 16, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  5. I wear Jeans therefore I am

    It is amazing how bankrupt our 21st century culture is that the measure of nations' worth are is whether they wear "Jeans" (favorite kind of Jeans of course would be the tight jeans showing one's junk from the front and butt from the behind), as well as if one is listening to "let me tongue you" music by the icon of the generation the great Miley.

    October 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  6. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    October 17, 2013 at 3:37 am | Reply
  7. j. von hettlingen

    Young men and women in Iran very fashion conscious. Women defy the strict Islamic dress-code and there are more female university students than men in the past decade. Jeans is part of their culture, whether the clerics like it or not.

    October 17, 2013 at 8:10 am | Reply
  8. Dmitry

    Netanyahu is a good man !

    October 18, 2013 at 9:23 am | Reply
  9. James

    Yea freedom means wearing jeans and listening to crap like miley cyrus and lady gaga. Freedom is NOT about being free from the government recording all your phone call information and accessing all your internet activities. People are being preconditioned so that we are ok with being corraled like sheep while being distracted with shiny things. People need to wake up. throw out your iCrap, turn off the "reality" tv, and learn to judge the infromation you get. Accept that your american governmet, past and current, instigates violence in the world, for the benefit of a few, some of which are foreign nations (israel).

    October 18, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  10. deep blue

    Nothing like a false caricature to explain why you hate.

    October 19, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Reply

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