Iran Sentences Actress Marzieh Vafamehr To 90 Lashes For Movie Role
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Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr has been sentenced to 90 lashes for her role in the 2009 Australian film My Tehran for Sale. The actress, who was arrested in July and sentenced by the court this past weekend, appeared in the movie without a headscarf on and a shaved head, and the story involved both drug use and an observation of Iran’s oppressive ways.

In a cruel twist of irony, Vafamehr played the lead in the film, also named Marzieh, an actress in Tehran whose theatre work is banned by the government, forcing her to lead a secret life in order to pursue her passions. One night she meets a fellow Iranian named Saman who now resides in Australia and offers her a chance to also escape the everyday fears of being who you want to be that come with living there.

Continue reading for more and to see a trailer for My Tehran for Sale.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported on the sentencing, saying “In an outcome that could have been lifted from the pages of the movie’s script…the film’s lead actress, Marzieh Vafamehr, was arrested in July and received her sentence at the weekend, according to reports quoting Iranian opposition website kalameh.com.”

Director Granaz Moussavi had no response to the situation, as he is respecting the wishes of Vafamehr’s family.


[Source: Sydney Morning Herald via Yahoo!]


  1. Yanno IRAN does this kind of thing, Just to Get a rise out of the West, They Torture thier people and count of Western Ignorance of culture to outrage us, and we get angry at them.   Maybe we should focus our passion to sympathy for her, Treat IRAN like impudent and petulent Children, pay as little attention as possibile to Them, and isolate them.

    Comment by Marvin J. McHardy — October 11, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

  2. But was the movie good?

    Comment by DW — October 11, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

  3. That’s cruel Iran’s goverment is. And Liberals complain about waterboarding when interrogating detainees which is a different issue. Waterboarding is nothin compared to what this woman would endure. But this must not be such a big deal to the UN unless of-course America is doin it, right Libs? It’s too bad this Iranian woman is being treated this way but i can’t imagine why she went back to Iran in the first place, knowing what could happen because of her acting in a film.

    Comment by MR.N0body2You — October 12, 2011 @ 9:55 am

  4. How do you place this repressive conservative government on liberals? That makes no sense. You’re twisted. How do you measure our failings and our violation of human rights against a country that also violates human rights? Because they violate them worse? That’s how you measure our success by matching it ups against another’s failings? No wonder the US is doomed.

    Comment by Karon Reiter — April 4, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

  5. 90 lashes will kill her!! :O

    Comment by Mac Allison — April 5, 2013 @ 9:14 am

  6. We should do the same thing to the petulant child in the White House.

    Comment by beezwaxing — April 21, 2013 @ 7:54 pm

  7. Islam is a sexist horror story from the dark ages! I cant believe in this day and age it is allowed to pass due to freedoms of religion! It continues to spit on all varieties of human rights then hides under the guise of ‘God’.

    Comment by Christine — April 22, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

  8. “The House of Representitives

    Comment by mike westman — April 22, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

  9. Two wrongs surely do not make a right…..

    Comment by mike westman — April 22, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

  10. The regressives have a cumpulsive need to say something about their failures at govt. whenever they say something….kinda like a tic

    Comment by mike westman — April 22, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

  11. Watch what happens to American citizens who dare criticize our government in the future.

    Comment by Robert Zraick — April 27, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

  12. Karon, So sad that you turned out to be such a loser.Your poor parents must be so disappointed in your dumb ass.

    Comment by James Moore — April 28, 2013 @ 12:06 am

  13. 90 Lashes will no doubt cause Miss Marzieh to have dozens of involuntary spontaneous orgasms. Her poor little private parts will not be able to withstand the sheer pain mixed with pleasure for the lashes. Just swishing, whooping sound of visualize the lashes swooshing and

    Comment by albert frye — May 3, 2013 @ 12:04 am

  14. hitting her bare flesh and especially oh heavens help this poor woman if the lash happens to fall directly or even close to her private areas. The woman will create a flood bigger than the one that Noah’s Ark had to deal with .

    Comment by albert frye — May 3, 2013 @ 12:06 am

  15. She went against the LAWS of her country! She deserves every bit of it, its the same as us arresting a person for running around naked!

    Comment by Sakeeta Rosen — May 9, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

  16. And humans dont care about animals, so why on earth should they be allowed to have rights???

    Humans are pathetic, WEAK creatures and I am so glad to be different from all of them. You’re weak too, ya nasty whore!

    Comment by Sakeeta Rosen — May 9, 2013 @ 8:15 pm


    Comment by Sakeeta Rosen — May 9, 2013 @ 8:16 pm

  18. Retarded fuck up niggers like you need to fucking DIE

    Comment by Sakeeta Rosen — May 9, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

  19. Where are the women libbers? Where is NOW? No word from the feminists. Just shows how gutless they are. They want to protest in the safety and protection of the U.S., a country that goes out of its way to protect human rights (except for the IRS and Tea Baggers/Jews) when the real horrors against women are committed in countries like Iran. Come on girls! Get some steel in your spines. Go to Iran and protest. Burn your bras. Get it on with those mean misogynist Iranian men who are whipping women.

    Comment by pugwis — May 11, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

  20. they’re both wrong…. seems like the same mentality that supports water boarding could also find a way to justify this

    Comment by suetiggers — May 16, 2013 @ 11:22 pm

  21. You have no clue what you are talking about…. Feminists are the primary group who have spoken out about these kind of things happening to women…get your head out of your butt and actually see… and your knowledge of what American feminism is and has been about (“bra-burning stereotypes) is laughable and pathetic…I feel sorry for any females associated with you.

    Comment by suetiggers — May 16, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

  22. I’m a therapist and something is seriously wrong with you..get some help

    Comment by suetiggers — May 16, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

  23. Barbarians, the lot of them over there.

    Comment by Cathy — May 18, 2013 @ 1:43 am

  24. They don’t lash them..they just turn the IRS onto them and uncover something deep and dark in their historical accounting records.. and they wind up rotting in Jail for 10 years or more. When they finally are released, they spend the rest of their lives trying to understand why they went to prison in the first place….

    Comment by Marc Fischer — May 22, 2013 @ 12:24 am

  25. They do about 20 at a time.

    Comment by Susan Borden — May 22, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

  26. Sharia Islam, particularly in Iran, is run by 7th century clerics with little real world education. These village-born pathological maniacs are what is wrong with Islam today!

    Comment by iatemine — May 24, 2013 @ 9:52 am

  27. You do know that the United States overthrew a democratically elected government in Iran in 1953 and installed the Shah. It has been downhill ever since.

    Comment by Mary McCurnin — May 25, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

  28. American liberal feminists will react by averting their eyes.

    Comment by Chris Behme — May 26, 2013 @ 1:03 am

  29. What species of slime mold are you?

    Comment by Chris Behme — May 26, 2013 @ 1:04 am

  30. Oh. Never mind then.
    It’s compassionate lashing.

    Comment by Chris Behme — May 26, 2013 @ 1:05 am

  31. Get professional help.

    Comment by Chris Behme — May 26, 2013 @ 1:07 am

  32. I have heard conservative feminists speak of the horrors of the Muslim culture, but I don’t know of any liberal feminists who do so.
    Do you have some examples of liberal feminists speaking out strongly against Islamic gender apartheid? I’d like to think that this is a non-partisan issue, but I’ve seen how the “free Palestine” movement tends to ignore Islamic oppression, in order to promote the president’s religion of peace lie and hide the true nature of Islam.

    Comment by Chris Behme — May 26, 2013 @ 1:15 am

  33. Hi Sue,
    Would love to read the statements from left wing Feminists, could you point out a few articles please.

    Comment by northerncanuck — May 28, 2013 @ 9:23 am

  34. see my response to northerncanuck

    Comment by suetiggers — May 28, 2013 @ 11:55 am

  35. I see nothing. I’m serious. Do you have a link or the names of these prominant liberal feminists protesting this? I honestly can’t think of any.

    Comment by Chris Behme — May 28, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

  36. Ok I got your link to ms. Magazine. I looked through all 289 links and it appears that this issue vanished with the coronation of Barack Obama. Very few links since 2008.
    I am more convinced than ever, that liberal women don’t care about this at all.
    Pathetic. No wonder you want to blow me off. You got nothing.
    One article referred to gender apartheid at Augusta national!
    This is just not an issue with liberals. Thanks for the link. Most leftists just spew and leave.

    Comment by Chris Behme — May 28, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

  37. I posted a reply to my own post by mistake.
    Please read and comment if you’d like.

    Comment by Chris Behme — May 28, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

  38. Waterboarding was done to three very stubborn and very evil men. They talked and their confessions led to the killing of OBL and thwarted future attacks.
    The lashing of this woman was for disobeying the psychotic edicts of a seventh century misogynist, pedophile, and murderer.
    If you see moral equivalence, you need a therapist.

    Comment by Chris Behme — May 28, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

  39. They already have.

    Comment by SCIPIO AFRICANUS — May 28, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

  40. BLACK AND WHITE THINKING IS WHAT YOU, SIR, ARE A VICTIM OF…nobody is equating these things at all !!

    It’s clear you’re not someone who worries about trying to be rational. Because two things are both wrong does not imply they’re similar.

    I’d recommend taking a logic 101 course but of course you are someone who always must be right, even when you’re wrong, so it’s foolish of me to think you might actually “get” anything…

    I know when something’s hopeless, so won’t be wasting anymore of my time.

    Comment by suetiggers — May 28, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

  41. Read your own post! You said the same mentality that approves waterboarding approves lashing women due to the wishes of a long dead madman. Nonsense.
    Your indigation is not warranted.
    And your ms magazine list of liberal women against gender apartheid was appalling. I thought there’d be at least one article expressing outrage. I was wrong.

    If you truly cared about the plight of Muslim women under brutal sharia law, you might ask me for the names of some of the amazing conservative feminists who are fighting the good fight.
    But your ideology won’t allow it.
    So I believe this remains an issue for conservative women only.
    Unless you can convince me otherwise

    Comment by Chris Behme — May 28, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

  42. I think he has an ulterior motive with the bra-burning.

    Comment by popeye2010 — June 6, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

  43. 90 Lashes? What do they read there besides the Koran, 50 Shades of Grey??

    Comment by popeye2010 — June 6, 2013 @ 10:29 pm

  44. So? This is 2013 and Marzieh would be better off if the Shah was still here. Besides, who says that Khomenei and his supporters would have hated the successors of secular Mossadegh any less than they hated the Shah?

    Comment by Earl_of_Effingham — June 8, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

  45. It is my experience that feminism in the West has become doctrinaire leftwing, illiberal and reflexively anti-western. They do not like to criticize non-western cultures. Sure, there will be exceptions. Are you one?

    Comment by Earl_of_Effingham — June 8, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

  46. No, it would be the same as us arresting such a person and then torturing her until she is near death. In other words, very different.

    Comment by Earl_of_Effingham — June 8, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

  47. The Iranian regime is not conservative, it is revolutionary.

    Comment by Earl_of_Effingham — June 8, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

  48. Here’s the West’s problem…wanting to be safe haven for people that want to escape that hell, but at the same time finding out that this compassion ends up proving a Trojan horse for that same radical Islamic danger that threatens us all.

    Comment by KunTewk — June 12, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

  49. Quote us major fems condemning this. Please quote one.

    Comment by ManassasGrandma — June 19, 2013 @ 10:58 am

  50. I had heard that there is a great deal of racism against black people in Islamic countries. Apparently it’s true…

    Comment by ManassasGrandma — June 19, 2013 @ 11:02 am

  51. Okay, that’s kind of funny. But remember, the NSA is watching you…

    Comment by ManassasGrandma — June 19, 2013 @ 11:03 am

  52. This sentence was overturned on appeal, as reported by the HuffPo on 10/29/2011. No lashes, and she was released from jail. Not that I think lashing isn’t utterly barbaric, but it would be nice if web sites would remove links to this now defunct story.

    Comment by Marbran — June 19, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

  53. Yes, liberals are always the “sophisticated” thinkers, aren’t they? Well, except when it came to Benghazi. While the President contemplated his navel in deep thought, 4 men in service to this nation died horrible deaths. Obama’s best thinking didn’t get us very far did it? Ever heard of the word, “sophistry”?

    Comment by beezwaxing — June 20, 2013 @ 4:32 am

  54. Hey, you tell Mike that.

    Comment by beezwaxing — June 20, 2013 @ 4:34 am

  55. All that hopey changey thing workin’ out real well for you, is it, Mike? And Benghazi … well played Mr. O … well played.

    Comment by beezwaxing — June 20, 2013 @ 4:35 am

  56. Beevis. Butthead is calling you. Is that all you got? I’m a loser and my parents must be disappointed in me. I gather you didn’t make the debate team at school. This is the level of our discourse in this country. James Moore.

    Comment by Karon Reiter — July 2, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

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