Iranian TV Agency Added More Layers To Oscar Attendees’ Skimpy Dresses

Anousheh Ansari, an Iranian-American engineer, accepted the award for Best Foreign Language film for The Salesman at the 89th Annual Academy Awards. The film’s director, Asghar Farhadi, chose not to attend in protest of Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration.

While airing the acceptance speech, an Iranian television network — the Iranian Labor Agency (ILNA) — photoshopped more clothing onto women featured on stage during the introduction and acceptance of the award.

Charlize Theron, who presented the award alongside Shirley MacLaine, was completely covered up by the network, completely transforming her gold lamé Dior gown on-screen.

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Charlize Theron’s dress was photoshopped on Iranian television. (Photo: ILNA News/The Independent)

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At one point the network censored most of the star’s upper half.

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Charlize Theron’s dress was photoshopped on Iranian television. (Photo: ILNA News/The Independent)

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Ansari’s skin, which was slightly exposed by her one-shoulder dress and matching shawl, was also censored by the network — while she accepted the Oscar on behalf of the Iranian director.

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Iranian-American engineer Anousheh Ansari’s dress was photoshopped on Iranian television. (Photo: ILNA News/The Independent)

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The poor attempt to cover the women did not go unnoticed. One user, Masih Alinejad, uploaded the coverage to Facebook, where it has amassed 115,000 views and a number of harsh comments.

بهترین جایزه ی سانسور می رسد به تیم فتوشاپ خبرگزاری ایلنا و سانسور کنندگان همیشه در صحنه ای که برای جلوگیری از ایمان متزلزل شان دست شان همیشه در گریبان زن است تا پوشیده و پنهانش کنند.The Oscar for the best censorship goes to the Islamic Republic’s Photoshop team!As the ILNA news outlet from within Iran covered the awards ceremony for the #Oscar, and Asgar Farhadi’s message of standing up for oppressed people, they also put a black paint on Charlize Theron and Anousheh Ansari to cover up their arms and shoulders, leaving only their heads visible. Another typical example of the Islamic Republic’s fear of naked arms of Iranian women. It is shameful indeed, but that is how the Iranian media outlets based within the country have been covering such events for years.At a time when Farhadi chooses an astronaut and NASA scientist to prove a point about human rights not having ‘borders,’ the Islamic Republic of Iran does the complete opposite by using Farhadi’s wonderful Oscars statement for their own propaganda while blind to the meaning of his point,” Alinejad said.This is the Islamic Republic of Iran which forces girls as young as age seven to be covered up. While many of us, including Americans, are expressing our opposition to Trump’s Muslim ban, we also have to be louder and clearer about our condemnation of Islamic Republic of Iran’s ban on women who can’t enter Iran without hijab. Women from all religions and cultures, many of whom are flogged and imprisoned inside Iran for not wearing ‘proper hijab.'En français / In French:—– L'Oscar de la plus forte censure va à l'équipe Photoshop de la république islamique ! L'article de l'agence de presse ILNA, basée en Iran, couvre la cérémonie des #Oscars et rend compte du message d'Asgar Farhadi en faveur des opprimés, néanmoins ils couvrent aussi de noir MMes Charlize Theron et Anousheh Ansari pour masquer leurs bras et leurs épaules, ne laissant de visible que leurs têtes. C'est un autre exemple typique de la peur de la république islamique des bras nus des iraniennes. C'est pitoyable mais c'est ainsi que les articles de la presse d'Iran couvrent depuis des années ce genre d'événement. #SeeYouInIranWithoutHijab#MyStealthyFreedom

Posted by ‎My Stealthy Freedom آزادی یواشکی زنان در ایران‎ on Monday, February 27, 2017

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“Oh for goodness sake, this looks like it was done by a petulant ten year old. News flash – women have arms too!” user, Catherine Robilliard, commented. “It’s just so ridiculous and laughable. Laws will change one day for you beautiful women of Iran,” another user, Joanna Pritchard, added.

Alinejad spoke to The New York Times’ Women in the World on the video she uploaded.

“This is the Islamic Republic of Iran which forces girls as young as age seven to be covered up,” she told the publication. “While many of us, including Americans, are expressing our opposition to Trump’s Muslim ban, we also have to be louder and clearer about our condemnation of Islamic Republic of Iran’s ban on women who can’t enter Iran without hijab.”

Theron and Ansari have yet to comment on the matter.

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