Reality TV star Kim Kardashian commands the attention of many around the world. Indeed, her Instagram account and Twitter feed total more than 115 million followers, though many likely follow her on both platforms. One group that apparently has been following Kardashian’s comings and goings on social media is Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. The agency is in charge of monitoring Iranian culture and deflecting cultural influences from outside nations, and Kardashian has caught their attention as someone who’s subverting Islamic and Iranian culture. Hardliners in Iran have been cracking down in resounding fashion of late, dispatching secret police out on the streets to enforce headscarf wearing, blocking a woman who was photographed without a headscarf on from taking elected office, and over the last few days arresting eight models for posting photos on Instagram of themselves not wearing headscarves — part of its creepy-sounding “Operation Spider II.”
Where are these Iranian women getting all of their defiant ideas from? The Revolutionary Guard has concluded that one source is Kardashian — the curvy TV and social media star is conspiring with Instagram to infiltrate Iranian culture, it believes. “Ms. Kim Kardashian is a popular fashion model so Instagram’s CEO tells her, ‘make this native,’” Mostafa Alizadeh, a spokesperson for the Revolutionary Guard’s organized cyber-crimes unit, said in an interview with Iran Wire. “There is no doubt that financial support is involved as well. We are taking this very seriously.” It’s not clear what further steps the Revolutionary Guard could take to stop Kardashian’s social media
For her part, Kardashian seemed unfazed by the development — if she’s even aware of it. On social media she posted photos of herself jet-setting to France for the Cannes Film Festival, where she arrived on Tuesday as photographers captured her nearly every move.
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