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Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) showing censored footage of Charlize Theron at the 89th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night. (Facebook)

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Iranian news agency Photoshops more clothing onto Oscars footage of Charlize Theron

February 27, 2017

Or maybe you will. But the below footage censoring the uncovered body parts of women made us do a double and triple take.

Iran had a big moment at the 89th annual Academy Awards on Sunday night. The Salesman, directed by Tehran-based filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) television coverage of the big win — the second time an Oscar as gone to Farhadi — showed Charlize Theron, who presented the award alongside Shirley MacLaine, with crude photoshopping to feign the presence of more clothing on her body. The attempt was perhaps intended to make it look like Theron, who wore a sleeveless dress with a plunging neckline, was wearing more fabric than she actually was. The black graphics ILNA TV producers used were unsophisticated and only served to cover any exposed skin below Theron’s chin. Moments later, when Anousheh Ansari came onstage to accept the Oscar on behalf of Farhadi, ILNA, using a blurring technique, censored a portion of her blue dress that showed a sliver of exposed skin extending from her neck toward her left armpit. Watch the full footage below, obtained by Masih Alinejad, who operates the My Stealthy Freedom Facebook page.

The Oscar Award For Best Censorship

LE FRANÇAIS SUIT…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:—–#IRAN #LIBERTE #FURTIVE #FEMININE L'Oscar de la censure est attribué 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. Mme Alinejad déclare que "au moment où M. Farhadi choisit une astronaute et des scientifiques de la NASA pour démontrer aux Oscars que les droits humains ne connaissent aucune frontière, la république islamique d'Iran fait exactement l'inverse en détournant ses superbes propos au profit de sa propre propagande, se montrant ainsi parfaitement sourde à leur signification réelle." C'est cette république islamique d'Iran qui force les fillettes à se voiler dès leurs sept ans. Alors que beaucoup d'entre nous, américains inclus, manifestent leur opposition à l'interdiction de M. Trump à l'encontre des musulmans, on doit aussi se faire entendre encore plus fort dans notre condamnation de l'interdiction que fait la république islamique d'Iran aux femmes d'entrer dans le pays sans hijab. En Iran, beaucoup de femmes, de toutes religions et de toutes cultures, sont fouettées et incarcérées pour ne pas avoir porté un "hijab correct". #SeeYouInIranWithoutHijab#MyStealthyFreedom

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

Amid controversy over President Trump’s blocked travel ban — Iran is one of the seven countries named in the executive order temporarily prohibiting travel by foreign nationals — Farhadi, and the film’s star actress, Taraneh Alidoosti, boycotted the award show. Trump’s travel ban has been overturned by multiple courts, but the two still avoided the show and, instead of appearing to accept the award, Farhadi sent two Iranian-American delegates — a female engineer and a former NASA scientist — in his place. When Theron and MacLaine revealed the winning film, Anousheh Ansari, an engineer and the first female space tourist, and Firouz Naderi, came to the stage and accepted the award. Ansari read a prepared statement from Farhadi denouncing Trump’s blocked ban as an “inhumane law,” according to a transcript of the speech.

“I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.,” the statement said. “Dividing the world into the ‘us’ and ‘our enemies’ categories creates fear. A deceitful justification for aggression and war.”

The two photos below showed how Theron and Ansari were actually dressed.

Charlize Theron (L) and Shirley MacLaine speak onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Charlize Theron (L) and Shirley MacLaine speak onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

 

Engineer/astronaut Anousheh Ansari (L) and former NASA scientist Firouz Naderi accept Best Foreign Language Film for 'The Salesman' on behalf of director Asghar Farhadi onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Engineer/astronaut Anousheh Ansari (L) and former NASA scientist Firouz Naderi accept Best Foreign Language Film for ‘The Salesman’ on behalf of director Asghar Farhadi onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

In an email to Women in the World, Alinejad criticized the ILNA, a state-run news network, for going to such “absurd” lengths to promote the idea that women’s bodies should be fully covered, otherwise marring the film director’s message.

“At a time when Fashadi 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,” she continued. “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.'”

Alinejad, who lives in New York, has devoted a great deal of her life to fighting the compulsory hijab imposed on Iranian women. She’s also been a guest a Women in the World events on several occasions. Below, see a clip of her from her latest appearance on our stage, at our London Forum in November.

See the censored footage on the INLA website.