Iranians mixed feelings over Argo’s Oscar

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Oscar for Argo was not entirely what one would expect. While it was predictable that Iranian government and its official media would attack the movie, many monarchists and those who support Reza Pahlavi, the son of the late Shah, also bashed the film and accused it of being sympathetic to the revolutionaries who seized the U.S. Embassy in 1979 and held U.S. diplomats hostage. Ahmad Reza Baharloo, a well-known TV anchor and former host for the Voice of America for over two decades, wrote that the movie depicted facts upside down and attacked Ben Affleck, the director of Argo and his advisor Rafi Pitts as naïve. Meanwhile, other Iranian bloggers in Diaspora complained that the movie showed…

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