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Might As Well Be Prison

More heartwarming news from the world’s most infamous theocracy:

Iran has shut down barber shops offering unconventional Western hair styles amid a police crackdown on dress deemed un-Islamic, reports said.

“Over the past 15 days, 13 barbers’ shops that had not respected the union’s directives have been closed down,” police commander Mohammad Ali Najafi said.

He told the Etemad daily that the barbers’ union had banned eyebrow-plucking for men as well as “deviant Western styles”.

“Eleven women’s beauty saloons were also shut down for not having a license or for violations such as tattooing, which is banned by a health ministry directive,” he added.

Tehran’s barbers’ union said in April that police had issued a directive forbidding its members from giving men offbeat hairstyles. The directive also banned the use of cosmetics in male salons.

Shoulder-length, spiky or heavily gelled styles for men have long angered Iran’s religious conservatives.

Police also launched a renewed crackdown last month against women whose skimpy headscarves or figure-hugging clothing violate the dress code in force in Iran.

Mullahs can’t handle spiky hair, huh? I’d call this positively barber-ic, but that would be making light of a serious situation. The old men with beards are creating tremendous bottled up animosity in their population. How long will it take before fed-up Iranian citizens start a riot that can’t be stopped?? Sooner or later, it’s coming. Viva la secular Iranian Revolucion!


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db0 / August 28th, 2007, 4:36 am / #1

Shoulder-length, spiky or heavily gelled styles for men have long angered Iran’s religious conservatives.

Shoulder-length hair banned? Damnit! How will all those Iranian metalheads headbang properly now?

Now that I think of it, I seriously doubt Rock & Metal are allowed over there, but anyway.

Viva la metal secular Revolucion!

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