Arrests over the Happy dance video in Iran

By on May 23, 2014

A music video that brought tears to the eyes of music producer Pharrell Williams has led to the incarceration of 6 individuals who appeared in the video.

Six young Tehranis got into trouble after their contribution to an internet phenomenon – a lip-synched dance to an innocent pop song, Happy – went viral on YouTube. They were arrested, forced to strip naked and perform squats, and then paraded on state television. This is a country in which hardline religious tradition and globally connected modernity seem to clash daily, producing scandals over everything from leggings to actors air-kissing at Cannes.

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A frame grab taken from the video of young Iranians dancing to the hit song Happ

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