TEHRAN – Imports of Barbie dolls and other Western toys will have destructive cultural and social consequences in Iran, the Islamic Republic’s top prosecutor was quoted as saying on Monday.
Iran’s conservative clerical establishment often rails against the perceived dangers of U.S.-inspired culture and consumerism, branding it “Westoxication.”
But young Iranians are often keen consumers of such music, films and other goods from the West. Iconic toy brands can be bought in children’s shops in the capital Tehran and elsewhere.
“The appearance of personalities such as Barbie, Batman, Spiderman and Harry Potter and … computer games and movies are all a danger warning to the officials in the cultural arena,” said Prosecutor General Ghorban Ali Dori Najafabadi in a letter to Vice President Parviz Davoudi published in the Mardom Salari daily.
Najafabadi, a high-ranking cleric, said Iran was the world’s third biggest importer of toys and suggested this posed a threat to the “personality and identity” of the new generation.
So toys imported into Iran are a threat to their identity, but terror exported by Iran into Iraq is A-OK!