It’s Illegal to be “Happy” in Iran
Find out why six Iranians were arrested for covering Pharrell's hit song.
People all over the world covered Pharrell’s number one single “Happy” and posted their videos to YouTube. Pharrell even watched some of the covers on Oprah Prime, crying when he realized the song’s impact around the world. However, not everyone finds these “Happy” covers amusing. Some governments may even consider the videos as a “vulgar clips.”
Six Iranians, three men and three unveiled women, were arrested for their interpretation of Pharrell’s “Happy” after posting the video of them singing and dancing to the song in Tehran.
“After a vulgar clip which hurt public chastity was released in cyberspace, police decided to identify those involved in making that clip,” said the city’s police chief Hossein Sajedinia. He went on to state, “all the suspects were identified and arrested,” and the six Iranians, “confessed to their criminal acts.” Islamic law requires women to cover themselves in public.
Pharrell responded on Facebook by saying, “It is beyond sad that these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness.”
Check out their “Happy” cover in the video player above.