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Raisi cancels CNN interview after Christiane Amanpour refuses to wear hijab

https://www.jpost.com/international/article-717902
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u/CTAMN 3d ago

He just wanted her to wear the hijab so that it would prop up his position back in Iran.

"See, even women in foreign countries wear the hijab to show their respect to us. Why can't our own women?"

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u/solitarybikegallery 3d ago

This is exactly what it is.

It wouldn't be a matter of respect. It would be CNN declaring that they've picked a side.

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u/spooooork 3d ago

Only wearing a hijab. Maybe also a speedo and flip flops if necessary.

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u/FlyingDragoon 3d ago edited 3d ago

He turns to see that the camera crew, interviewer and producer are just standing there in speedos with a hijab. All men, all smiling and giving a thumbs up and saying "Just like you're at home!"

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u/Guilty-Instruction56 3d ago

And nothing else except a smile.

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u/master-shake69 3d ago

They should pick a side and it should be the one that clearly states fuck the Iranian government.

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u/BrainofBorg 3d ago

It wouldn't be a matter of respect. It would be CNN declaring that they've picked a side.

instead, CNN picked the correct side :)

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u/NomadicDevMason 3d ago

She should have said I'll wear one if you do

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u/jacqueschirekt 3d ago

Lol or she comes in wearing the same outfit as him

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u/pistolography 3d ago

The Spider-Man meme

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u/Zenmachine83 3d ago

Amanpour: suck my ballz mate.

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u/torpedoguy 3d ago Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Wholesome Seal of Approval Bravo Grande!

The protests were the reason for this unprecedented (as they've pointed out) demand: He wanted to use this interview to look like he's in the right.

By wearing it, it would have sent a message to the Iranian protesters that even where it's not obligatory "people know to wear it like they should" or other bullshit about one-sided respect.

If you feel you have nothing to be interviewed about without the interviewer wearing your symbols for you on TV, you had nothing of worth to say to begin with.

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u/ElwoodJD 3d ago All-Seeing Upvote Plus One

It’s sad the CBS kowtowed to his demands and made Leslie Stahl a “good subservient female” for him just to score the interview. Fuck them.

Good on CNN for letting Amanpour have her say. You’re absolutely right, American women accepting the forced wearing of a head covering to speak to him on American soil is only a slap in the face to the protestors in Iran right now and only makes them think the West supports this regime in their subjugation of women.

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u/BorgFreedomFighter 3d ago edited 3d ago Helpful All-Seeing Upvote To The Stars

I am so sick of religious zealots getting their way.

If he wouldn't do the interview CNN should have just moved forward with the piece and say he forfeited his opportunity to present his side.

This is just encouraging their nonsense.

Edit: I misread that CBS moved forward with the interview. Not CNN, good for them!

But CBS has some work to do. Media as a whole should not bend to extremists demands.

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u/BabyBundtCakes 3d ago

He did present his side. His side was he won't treat women like people.

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u/Dolthra 3d ago

I am so sick of religious zealots getting their way.

The problem with religious zealots is that they, for the most part, agree with you. They also don't want religious zealots to get their way.

Of course, that's because they don't think they're a religious zealot, they think they're right.

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u/BorgFreedomFighter 3d ago

Too true.

I was born and raised a jehovahs witness. Believe me, I am well aware of that 🤮

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u/Miserable-Hornet-518 3d ago

Congratulations on making it out; the isolation and pressure to remain “among your own” can be so overwhelming.

Wishing you the best! 🤘🏻

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u/BorgFreedomFighter 3d ago

Thank you, we are doing well!

For anybody else reading: JWs have a secret pedophile database and regularly punish victims and go so far as helping to legally defend the abuser.

Those who push for justice are excommunicated, so their believing friends and family will not speak to them, or have anything to do with them. They're literally tortured until they submit and rejoin the cult. They will even excommunicate minor children, often resulting in their suicide or being kicked out of their own homes.

Don't let their fake smiles and transcripted talks fool you.

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u/obliterayte 3d ago

My mom was a JW growing up. She was molested by her older step brother.

She told her dad. He beat the fuck out of her with a belt. And he wasn't the kind to be physically abusive. It was the one time she was hit as a child and it was right after telling her own father that she was molested.

The step brother lived with them until both my grandpa and grandma passed away. I wasn't close with them because obviously there was strain on our family and I never wanted anything to do with their cult. They protected that monster until the day they died, and now that same monster got a mail order bride that has a fucking daughter...

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u/teeceli 3d ago

My partner is an ex-Jay-Dub and holy crap is there some messed up stuff in that cult/religion. Obligatory /r/exjw for those that need help getting out.

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u/HazardIsFunny 3d ago

My ex wife was molested by her grandfather. Fucking horrible organization.

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u/ic_engineer 3d ago

I smile, shake their hand, and give the most polite "Satan be with you" I can muster before giving them the bird and walking away.

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u/Forty_Six_and_Two 3d ago

My sister had a friend die at age 11 because the parents would not allow a blood transfusion. It took me decades to get my head around that. There was a time I thought JWs were going to be the great evil organization of our time. Turns out they are just disgusting and uneducated.

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u/Miserable-Hornet-518 3d ago

The hysteria about blood is so ridiculous; my BiL had leukemia as a kid and while his parents were there every day with him and his treatments, it took a court order to force them to allow the transfusions which ended up saving him.

My wife is out (disfellowship), yet her brother is still devout and OK with Mom and Dad basically being willing to let superstitious horseshit allow him to die. If he and I ever spoke, I’d love to ask what he’d do if his kid needed this same help to live.

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u/Forty_Six_and_Two 3d ago

I would cut my eye out with a spoon if my child needed it to live. People who willingly and unnecessarily watch their kids die are simply evil creatures who don't deserve to reproduce. Or exist, in my view.

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u/Itendtodisagreee 3d ago

Nothing more dangerous than an extremist of any kind, but especially the religious variety.

They feel like they have the orders from their God to do anything and everything to advance their Gods will and of course they usually get to decide what that gods will is because they are the only ones in their mind that really understand what God wants to happen.

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u/cap10JTKirk 3d ago

I always found this kinda hilarious. They feel THEY need to fight for/ enforce their god’s rules/religion.

If your “god” needs you to fight their fights for them then they weren’t much of a “god” to start with.

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u/InfiniteChanges 3d ago

"What kind of a god needs a starship?"

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u/NeedlessPedantics 3d ago

“Excuse me, what does God need with a starship?”

“Who am I? Don’t you know? Aren’t you god?”

Best part of that entire movie.

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u/Dynast_King 3d ago

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

For those like myself that are interested in where the quote comes from.

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u/Sassifrassically 3d ago

The kind that can’t steal a Stargate

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u/MrGaffe 3d ago

“We won’t let you express your extremest religious beliefs! We only accept our extremest religious beliefs!”

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u/ElwoodJD 3d ago

That’s basically what happened

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u/guareber 3d ago

Wtf he demanded it on American soil??? HOOCH BE CRAZY!

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u/noteverrelevant 3d ago Evil Cackle

Lol the president of Iran strikes me as a baby back bitch.

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u/Jewrisprudent 3d ago

He’s also antisemitic, the other week in his CBS interview he went off on a tangent (barely even a tangent, just kinda an unrelated topic to go into) saying that he’s not sure the holocaust happened but that if there’s evidence it could be investigated.

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u/Professional-Can1385 3d ago

I do not understand holocaust deniers. The Nazis took very good notes on what they did and who they killed.

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u/ameya2693 3d ago

They also used to say to Holocaust survivors that if you ever get out, no one will believe you.

Ironically, the first Holocaust survivor to get out, I believe a reporter ironically, made a whole lot of noise about it in the US and he was scoffed at for his claim. So yeah, people did not believe that the Nazis would do it. It should not surprise you that those types of people still survive everywhere.

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u/DeificClusterfuck 3d ago

They also used to say to Holocaust survivors that if you ever get out, no one will believe you.

My ex husband used to say the same thing, about the abuse

It's a common tactic with abusive people, to deter them from talking about their experiences

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u/ameya2693 3d ago

I am not surprised. I think part of it is the fact there is definitely a kernel of truth in that statement. People are often unwilling to believe that others would be capable of such abuse, it could be because we want to believe that everyone is good inherently or because we have a tendency to disbelieve such statements at face value.

I hope you are in a better place now.

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u/ATLSox87 3d ago

Not to mention the days worth of film negatives documenting the camps and prisoners. You can’t make human bodies look the way those prisoners did with 1940s effects and there were tens of thousands of them on film.

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u/capitalsfan 3d ago edited 3d ago

It’s sad that your second sentence even needs to be said.

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u/RamblingStoner 3d ago

It’s easy to understand once you remember a whole helluva lot of people REALLY hate Jews and will take any opportunity to deny, diminish, or justify the historical atrocities that have been perpetrated against them.

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u/Gemuese11 3d ago

(Not very) fun fact: in some concentration camps that are museums tosay there is a huge book with all known victims of the holocaust named.

It is bleak to just flick through. Hundreds of thousands and millions of names. I looked at it once like 15 years ago and it really stuck with me.

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u/axel198 3d ago

Holocaust denialism is a spectrum, is why.

The gateway is usually the realization that early on, the numbers of dead associated with it varied as more and more was discovered about it. So people started to claim the numbers were exaggerated, and then claims come forward that the numbers were padded by deaths from other factors, and then you're looking at places that reinforce these ideas. Then next thing you know you're reading narratives about how they were all or mostly fabricated to garner sympathy and whatnot or it was all an elaborate ruse.

The number of people all the way on the craziest side are pretty few, but they're loud. Most denialists don't disbelieve the events, only the scale, which is still diminishing and dehumanizing to the victims.

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u/Professional-Can1385 3d ago

Most denialists don't disbelieve the events, only the scale,

But the Nazis kept records! The kept records of what they stole and who they killed. They loved records! How can people not accept the scale when there are records the Nazis wrote themselves? I do not understand. But then, I don't need to ignore data and facts to further my racist, antisemitic, hateful, bullshit beliefs.

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u/LurkingSpike 3d ago

Investigated?

*confused German noises*

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u/dollywobbles 3d ago

There's a whole museum in Washington DC that's full of evidence, it might do him some good to go visit. I went on my 8th grade DC trip over 20 years ago and I remember it vividly, not sure anyone could tour that museum and walk away a holocaust denier.

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u/copper_rainbows 3d ago

Yeah on a list of things I will NEVER do, wearing a hijab because some dude tells me I have to would definitely be one of them.

If women are freely choosing to wear one as an expression of their faith, then that’s one thing. I might not agree, but that is (theoretically) their choice. But to MAKE people wear one, and even more ridiculous- to insist that a western non-Muslim wear one strictly for an interview?!??

Fuuuuuck no

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u/ser0402 3d ago

None of this is actually about Islam for this man or the people like him. It's the power he holds that he loves. Why else would he try and force these things on a woman not from his country and not of his religion, in her country? Why would he have rules that Stahl found out in her interview like "don't interrupt him, don't sit before he sits" yada yada. This dude thinks he's somehow better than others.

Edit: honestly it's a huge issue with the rich/powerful. They think they are better than those they have "power" over so they treat them like shit and always talk about respect without giving any to anyone but themselves.

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u/guareber 3d ago

I try to be respectful of traditions when I'm a visitor in a different house,state,country. So (and I'm a dude, BTW) if it turned out that it's customary for guys to wear a turban in Madeupkistan, if I went there, I'd do my very best to wear one. Like I'd try to not eat in the street in Japan, or not put pineapple in pizza in Italy.

But for anyone, religious, political or otherwise to demand someone else do that on their hometurf? The balls.

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u/vomit-gold 3d ago

Side note: is eating in the street a taboo in Japan? I only ask because them and Korea have the best street food and 7/11

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u/CheerfulMint 3d ago

So afaik you can sit on a bench and eat, or stay by the stand and eat. Those are fine. It's rude in Japan to eat while moving from point A to point B. They also don't have as many trash cans in public as you'd expect, so you would need to carry any trash with you after you eat too.

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u/Cheeze187 3d ago

Yea fuck this shit. You want me to abide by your laws in your country, ok cool. Push that shit in NY and it's bullshit. You're religion is yours, not mine.

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u/Ask_me_4_a_story 3d ago

Yes, this is exactly what I thought. If you want women to wear headscarves in Iran, I guess I can see that, and most journalist will respect the customs of WHERE THEY ARE. But if you come over here thinking you can tell the women IN NEW YORK what to do I have a feeling they are going to have some choice words for you! Im proud of the CNN anchor for standing up for herself!

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u/wenasi 3d ago

One of them was in Iran at the time, the other is of Iran-descent on American soll. There's a bit of a difference there

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u/littlerob904 3d ago

Tbf, she was in Iran for the interview. It's a different situation.

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u/J000001 3d ago

Correct and Amanpour would have worn one if it was in Iran. She has before, but does not outside of the country.

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u/sapphicsandwich 3d ago edited 3d ago

CBS has a track record of giving in to various authoritarian regimes. For example, censoring content that is critical of censorship in China

Them doing this isn't surprising.

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u/FSafari 3d ago

Leslie Stahl's interview was in Tehran and conducted before Amanpour's interview and it's the law there. The interview in the OP was in New York where it has never been a requirement for a female journalists to wear them and there is no such law. Amanpour has worn a hijab when interviewing past Iranian presidents and would have done so if she was conducting this interview in Iran.

The 60min piece on Raisi was just as critical many western journalists would have been. She asked him about attacking protestors, confronted him about his anti-semitism, and asked if he was going to try to assasinate US govt officials. Writing that off as "kowtowing good subservient female" is just shitty an inaccurate, actually watch the interview you are talking about.

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u/CheesecakeNo1736 3d ago

I also believe that this interview was very important to her personally and symbolic in that way seeing as she has British/Iranian parentage and was raised in Tehran until she was 11. Christiane Amanpour wiki

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u/Risa226 3d ago

Honestly I feel like part of the reason for Raisi’s insane demand was because Amanpour is part Iranian herself.

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u/millera85 3d ago

Nah he made Leslie Stahl wear one. It has nothing to do with nationality or race and everything to do with sex.

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u/eriee 3d ago

Leslie was in Iran at the time, and Amanpour has worn one previously when she was in a country with compulsory headscarves. I think (being a first-gen Persian-American with a lot of family still over there) that you should not discount the fact that Amanpour is Iranian. Raisi absolutely could've used it to further his argument that all Iranian women should wear hijab. It's a hard thing to explain culturally, but it does make a difference.

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u/Nut-j0b 3d ago

I think he probably knew exactly how that interaction would play out and is pleased with the headline

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u/torpedoguy 3d ago

I think it was more a "either way I can spin this" train of thought. Ideally she'd have worn his bullshit, and if not, her refusal can be spun as "they're against us, death to America".

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u/Nut-j0b 3d ago

Yeah you might be right. I don’t think this guy honestly gives a crap about any of that stuff. He’s a politician managing his profile back home and I suppose either response would have worked for his purpose

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u/Mesk_Arak 3d ago

Which is ironic considering that Amanpour is British, not American.

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u/Paranitis 3d ago

All these people think is "She's Female, not Human".

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u/Glorious-gnoo 3d ago

Not just British, but British-Iranian. Her father was Iranian and she lived in Tehran until she was 11.

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u/justified-black-eye 3d ago

I wish she had agreed to wear it and then first question she takes it off and asks why that's such a problem for him. Not really her style but he would have likely acted like a baby on camera

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u/Vlad_the_Homeowner 3d ago

I wish she had agreed to wear it and then first question she takes it off

Raisi would have just distributed pictures of her wearing it to all media in Iran. He could tell his tale, getting an English-Iranian journalist from CNN to wear a headscarf out of respect for him. If video leaked of her after taking it off he would just spin it into some heresy nonsense.

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u/CheesecakeNo1736 3d ago

She is of British & Iranian parentage so I can only assume it was very symbolic and important for her as well! Christiane Amanpour wiki

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u/Closetedcousin 3d ago edited 3d ago Silver Starry

Sign of respect? Where is his respect for her? Or for his female subjects? Fuck this dude in particular.

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u/FishAndRiceKeks 3d ago

They expect a one way street.

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u/kottabaz 3d ago

They use the word "respect" to mean "obedience."

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u/Ludwigofthepotatoppl 3d ago

“If you won’t respect me, I won’t respect you” from these people means “if you won’t treat me like an authority, I won’t treat you like a person.”

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u/CatPoopWeiner424 3d ago

Don’t tolerate intolerance

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u/Prof_Explodius 3d ago

Yes!! This exactly. I only wish she had agreed and then taken the fucking thing off during the interview.

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u/TheDungeonCrawler 3d ago

I actually think this would have been a great way to protest his request and show support for the protestors. I know it is technically ruining her impartiality which slightly compromises the journalistic integrity of the interview (probably why they didn't do this), but his morality police murdered a woman and his government stomps all over the rights of women every day, so he can get fucked. I'm down with bending journalistic integrity a bit if it means telling these tyrants to fuck off.

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u/GiraffesAndGin 3d ago

"Cronkite had an opinion and that was the end of Vietnam. Murrow had an opinion and that was the end of McCarthy."

The Newsroom had its flaws, but this was a quote that always stuck with me. Sacrificing impartiality to call out wrongdoing is a good thing, especially if the person calling it out has a record of impartiality.

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u/ChineWalkin 3d ago

especially if the person calling it out has a record of impartiality.

And that's the important part.

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u/TheDungeonCrawler 3d ago

I actually really love The Newsroom so it's nice to see it brought up here.

Yeah, I think you're right. Impartiality is important but in cases such as these, I think it's fine to rest on it a bit.

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u/ranger-steven 3d ago

I don’t think impartially should be the gold standard for journalists when dealing with human rights. It is a rather neoliberal concept to give both sides equal footing in every debate. I know people will argue with me that “that’s how you get media bias”. However, I think any rational person who can be swayed by a fair debate can see that certain truths are “self evident”. I would attest that the right of a person to not adhere to a strict religious social practice is a self evident and universal freedom (or should never be considered an opinion).

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u/Jotsunpls 3d ago

It’s not a journalist’s job to be impartial; it’s to portray the truth. If one person says it’s raining, and another person says it’s not, then the journalist has to look out the window and figure out which one they should air.

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u/emdave 3d ago

Agreed. Journalistic impartiality should mean being (professionally) impartial - within reason - to subjective opions (and to individual people), but NOT impartiality to subjective claims.

You cannot be impartial with respect to proven facts.

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u/P0rtal2 3d ago Take My Energy

Absolutely. Regardless of religion, all these zealots are the same. They demand people respect their religion, but that really means giving into their various demands and losing your own rights in the process.

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u/arsenicaqua 3d ago

I absolutely hate when people are hung up on respect. Like, what did you do to warrant my respect? What will you do to respect me?? They think respect equates to 'do exactly what I say'

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u/PM-SOME-TITS-GURL 3d ago

I think you're spot on. There's a quote I read once that touches on this as well.

The full quote goes something like,

"People use the word respect to mean, "treat someone like a person" and sometimes they mean, "treat someone like an authority"

And sometimes people in a position of power who are used to being treated like an authority will say say, "if you don't respect me I won't respect you" and what they mean is, "if you don't treat me like an authority I won't treat you like a person"

And that's not okay"

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u/Broken_Petite 3d ago

I’m like 99% sure that was a tumblr post that went viral. I’m not sure if that’s where it originated or not but I’m almost certain that’s where most of us know it from.

It was profoundly spot on though. Can’t help but laugh when I think it very well may have been written by some random teenager procrastinating on their homework or something. 😝

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u/TotallyNormalSquid 3d ago

Should have demanded him to perform the interview in a speedo

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u/Sofasoldier 3d ago

When you are used to subservience, anything less feels like disrespect indeed.

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u/cityb0t 3d ago

I will respect your right to your religious beliefs, but i will never respect any religion, for none is worthy of my respect.

But, in this and most other free countries, i also have the right to openly criticize your and any other religion, and whether or not you respect that, tough shit.

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u/Bioslack 3d ago

A Muslim extremist? Respect women?

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u/pjr032 3d ago

She’s a woman, he has no respect for property. It’s fucking wild how much of a one way street these zealots are.

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u/Adezar 3d ago

These religious people just consider respect is "to believe the same insane beliefs I have and to be nice to my imaginary friend, or you are mean."

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u/nariusone 3d ago All-Seeing Upvote

"An aide to the president told the CNN anchor that wearing the hijab was "a matter of respect."

.. said the religious nutcase who does not respect women, or the custom of where the interview is going to take place (i.e. NYC).

And no one should respect nutcases who killed a girl just because of what is on her head.

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u/Spin_Quarkette 3d ago

Exactly. This nutcase isn't in Iran and he should show respect for the customs of others if he wants people to respect his in his country.

What a bunch of weak minded imbeciles, being so threatened by the hair of a woman!

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u/Durakan 3d ago Gold Narwhal Salute

TBF, he's not threatened by women's hair, he's afraid seeing her hair will make him pop a boner and fill him with uncontrollable lust. Because on top of being a weak minded imbecile he also doesn't feel like he should have to take responsibility for himself.

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u/ElwoodJD 3d ago

Lol, but the real reason is the awful photo op of him sitting next to an uncovered woman with everything going on in Iran right now would likely be an unrecoverable PR blunder for him and only embolden the protestors.

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u/bearrosaurus 3d ago

Being an irrational bigot means you’re going to run into PR blunders everywhere you go.

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u/ElwoodJD 3d ago

Hahaha, true true!

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u/YizWasHere 3d ago

I think it's more of a power thing. I've never heard of a 60+ year old man being worried about accidentally getting a boner (ik you weren't necessarily being literal). It's probably more like "I have control over you, you will do this to humble yourself in my presence" and I think the fact that she's Iranian amplifies that.

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u/bluelion70 3d ago edited 3d ago

Well that’s basically what he said. “You must show me the proper respect by wearing this garment that I deem appropriate.”

No hint that respect should be mutual. Just “respect ME, or I’ll take my ball and go home.”

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u/ButterflyAttack 3d ago

Yeah but she's a woman so of course she should respect and obey him.

(I hope /s isn't needed here, but you never know.)

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u/bluelion70 3d ago

Lol it’s not needed but better safe than sorry ;)

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u/bluelion70 3d ago edited 3d ago

That really is it. Men like this are willingly admitting that they’re rapists who are only held in check by forcing women to appear as unsexual as possible.

Because it’s inconceivable that you actually just control yourself when you see a woman you’re attracted to. That would just be ridiculous.

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u/lab-gone-wrong 3d ago

Nah that's the stated reason. It's bonkers of course, but it's for the thinnest and most pathetic veil of plausible deniability.

With narcissists, there is always a lurking motive. The goal is to control and corral women like cattle. "But my horny levels" is an attempt to justify the control as a fact of nature, ie it simply cannot be helped. Don't even entertain the argument - it is not being made in good faith.

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u/Gnd_flpd 3d ago

Yep, that's it in a nutshell. They may get a boner, but they all know these women don't want to give them the time of the day, so here's what they do instead!!!!!

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u/MrHollandsOpium 3d ago

Serious incel energy. If the incel were President

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u/sapphicsandwich 3d ago

But if the woman DOES do what he wants and sleeps with him, then he would say she is a disgusting whore.

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u/oneonegreenelftoken 3d ago

60% of Iran is on the streets today, furious over their Morality Police killing a woman over her "improper wearing of a hijab." He can't be seen to allow a woman to dictate her wearing of one publicly at this point, or he risks legitimizing the protestors' stance.

I doubt the revolution will be kind to him, should it come to that.

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u/CheesecakeMedium8500 3d ago

Who the fuck goes to another country and then expects that country to honor his customs?

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u/happygiraffe404 3d ago

So when we go to their country we have to repect their customs but when they go to other countries they don't feel the need to respect the host country's customs.

The custom in New York is having a choice about what to wear on your head.

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u/GWS2004 3d ago Silver Take My Energy

Maybe we should stop respecting misogynist customs. You're not respecting the women of that country only the men.

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u/Saneless 3d ago

To be fair that's pretty much every religious zealot.

When you visit them they want you to abide by their rules. When they visit you they want you to abide by their rules.

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u/Corteran 3d ago

Matter of respect goes both ways. If you respect my individual right to not follow your religion, I will respect your right to practice it. The reverse is just as true. Fuck this old bastard that can't handle the sight of a woman without having impure thoughts, and fuck all religious, intolerant, bigoted, mysoginist, fundamentalist extremists.

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u/notnatasharostova 3d ago

Reminds me of that quote: some people use the word respect to mean treating someone like a person. Others use it to mean treating someone like an authority. And when some people say, "if you won’t respect me, then I wont respect you,” they mean, “if you won’t trust me like an authority then I won’t treat you like a person.”

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u/ObligatoryOption 3d ago

He demands respect for his customs while disrespecting the customs of the country he is visiting. It's like he failed to notice that American women don't wear that cloth in this country.

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u/Protean_Protein 3d ago

Some choose to. And they are well within their rights to do so. The problem isn’t wearing a headscarf, it’s being forced to do so on pain of violence or death.

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u/Saneless 3d ago

Not pushing your country's bullshit laws in a different country is also respect.

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u/playful_exploration 3d ago

Good for her and FUCK that guy.

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u/Treskelion2021 3d ago

Don’t bow to theocrats. Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile. No compromise on human rights.

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u/Ahstruck 3d ago

That idiot thought respect only goes one way. He is not even in his own country.

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u/BrownSugarBare 3d ago

That motherfucker is IN New York for the interview and demanding Amanpour wear a hijab. Does he have fucking horse blinders on? Millions of women in NYC not wearing hijab but his pansy ass couldn't be seen on camera with a woman without hijab.

Let's be real, he was intimidated by the powerhouse that is Christiane Amanpour.

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u/chelonioidea 3d ago

I think he knew he'd be getting some really tough questions even if she had worn the hijab. This is a convenient excuse and an easy way for him to put the blame on others for his own cowardice.

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u/BrownSugarBare 3d ago

Generally men who tell women to cover up any part of their body are looking to put the blame on others for their cowardice.

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u/Kuronekosmom 3d ago

Good for Amanpour. He's in no position to be issuing demands, especially about personal religious affectations. Amanpour isn't obliged to obey you, you insecure little man.

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u/Spin_Quarkette 3d ago

Poor Raisi. It must be a frightening world when the hair of a woman can cause you such anxiety!

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u/RealisticDelusions77 3d ago edited 3d ago

Sometimes my wife's hair scares me when she gets up in the morning.

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u/litterboxhero 3d ago

My wife's hair scares me when I have to unclog her shower drain. Again.

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u/s2ample 3d ago

This is reasonable

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u/just_dots 3d ago

As an ex Muslim I always like to remind people that the reason Islam requires women to be covered is because Quran says that Muslim man are such primitive and feral animals that they can't resist raping women if they show even a tiny little bit of skin, or hair, or a hang nail.

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u/MyCollector 3d ago

"He ain't even hurt..."

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u/MayorCharlesCoulon 3d ago

Christiane Amanpour is a bad ass, always has been.

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u/Rare-Macaroon6041 3d ago

She should have told him to shave his beard

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u/Myopic_Cat 3d ago

Funny, but her way was classier. As quoted by someone else above:

"I politely declined," wrote the anchor. "We are in New York, where there is no law or tradition regarding headscarves. I pointed out that no previous Iranian president has required this when I have interviewed them outside Iran."

By remaining polite she never conceded the high ground. Not that I expected anything less from her.

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u/theghostofmrmxyzptlk 3d ago

Now that's funny

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u/MayorCharlesCoulon 3d ago

For sure. This is grandstanding, he’s trying to push her around for likes at home. Nobody pushes Christiane Amanpour around.

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u/Splunge- 3d ago

This was on purpose, as she has worn the hijab on other occasions. So, good for her!

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u/RenRen512 3d ago

"I politely declined," wrote the anchor. "We are in New York, where there is no law or tradition regarding headscarves. I pointed out that no previous Iranian president has required this when I have interviewed them outside Iran."

Seems she observes the customs and laws of the country she is in, so in Iran, fine; outside Iran, not needed.

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u/ButterflyAttack 3d ago Take My Energy

TBF that's what I do when I'm abroad. When people from other countries come to my home country I expect them to respect our laws and customs. When I'm in their country I'll do the same. That's just good manners. And if I think their laws and customs are fucked up I won't go to their country.

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u/gibmiser 3d ago edited 3d ago Take My Energy

"When in Rome"

I don't make guests take off their shoes in my house, but if I go somewhere and they all take off their shoes, mine come off too.

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u/Anonymous_Otters 3d ago

I've followed her since I was a teenager, she's really one of the good ones. I'm sure she's an inspiration to many.

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u/TrueJacksonVP 3d ago

I learned about her as a preteen while watching Rory Gilmore gush over her on Gilmore Girls and have followed her ever since.

She’s truly an amazing journalist who deserves all the fanfare.

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u/Snuggle__Monster 3d ago

That depends, this interview was in the US. Were those other occasions in other countries? That's usually how other news outlets do it.

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u/titsmcgee8008 3d ago

Christiane Amanpour is Iranian herself. She’s incredibly well-known in Iran. So this wasn’t just her refusing to be subjugated for the interview, it was also her own way of standing up for her people.

She’s not giving him any fucking propaganda material and I love it.

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u/dm_0 3d ago

Imagine being so fragile.

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u/anarkyinducer 3d ago

Islamic fundamentalism is nothing but disgusting incels trying to force women to obey them.

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u/Heated13shot 3d ago

No kidding. Incels actually praise their treatment of women because they think woman having freedom is what's causing all their problems. Arranged marriages in the late teens, beheading woman for having sex, can't live without a man. To incels that's heaven because that's the only way a woman will get in smelling distance of them.

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u/Hugh__Jassman 3d ago

Women having freedom is why incels don’t get laid lol

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u/thrilling_me_softly 3d ago

They really are if they truly believe seeing a woman without a scarf would tempt so many men.

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u/actionbastard99 3d ago

Some of them believe seeing a beardless man will turn them gay.

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u/notnatasharostova 3d ago

The misogynist’s world is full of convenient contradictions. We’re supposed to believe that men are such animals they’re incapable of controlling their urges around women, yet at the same time, we’re also meant to see them as rational, born leaders and our superiors.

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u/lennybird 3d ago

On American soil, that piece of shit had the nerve to demand that!?

Iranian government should be more mindful of where they shoot their surface-to-air missiles than what women are wearing.

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u/xenomorph856 3d ago

I'm pretty sure the current suffering is as a result of wearing a Hijab decidedly not being a choice.

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u/Ac4sent 3d ago

He can go fuck himself, he's not in his own country.

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u/iammryuck 3d ago

Fuck him and his backwards beliefs!

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u/nuge08 3d ago

Cowardly, insecure little man!

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u/whatintheactualfeth 3d ago

He's pathetic

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u/once_again_asking 3d ago

You have to adhere to the tenets of MY religion. Otherwise, you're being disrespectful.

Ok, fuck you then.

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u/Thecrawsome 3d ago

Violent religious who prey on women need mouth scarves and handcuffs.

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u/heliomega1 3d ago

*wrist scarves

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u/autoposting_system 3d ago

Well he's right about one thing: it is a matter of respect.

Good for her

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u/gellenburg 3d ago

It's fair to note that the interview was to take place in New York at UNHQ.

Amanpour stated publicly, when describing what happened, that had the interview taken place in Iran, she would have gladly worn the head scarf as is customary in Iran.

It's not customary in New York for women to wear head scarves.

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u/gwh811 3d ago

Should wear a bright green one and cgi it out after. Make it look like she never had one on and air the interview. Really fuck with the guy and send a message.

Edit: but for real stand up against oppression.

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u/Dreadsock 3d ago

Should make his dumbass wear a hijab for the interview.

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u/bdeceased 3d ago

A matter of respect? He was in America, not Iran. When you visit another country, no matter who you are you obey their rules and respect the customs of the country you are visiting. Not the other one at around. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. He’s the stranger in a foreign land, you abide by that country’s customs, not force your own on the people of that country. This guy has a thing or two to learn about respect.

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u/FallingUp123 3d ago

It would have been amusing if she agreed under the condition that Raisi wear a yamika.

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u/riedmae 3d ago

You can respect deez nuts! If she doesn't want to wear one, then fucking deal with it, you oppressive, sky-lord-obsessed prick!

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u/Top-Owl7500 3d ago

Boss move. Well done Christiane.

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u/Ok_Store_1983 3d ago

Good for her. A guest doesn't get to order the host around, doesn't quite work that way.

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u/Danger_Dave_ 3d ago

People like this hide behind "but my culture." Just because it is part of a culture does not make it right or something to ignore. Murdering people because they won't wear the clothing you demand is not ok. If I killed everyone who "disrespects" me, I'd have beaten most serial killer body counts within the last year

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u/IlIFreneticIlI 3d ago

Forcing someone outside your religion to follow a behavior/edict of your religion it itself extremely disrespectful.

I know most of the world would feel the opposite, but I do not follow your religion. Don't expect me to.

Wonder if Raisi would partake of Communion wine? No? Pretty sure holy-wars have been fought over less...

You practice YOUR religion; don't make it mine.

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u/IvoShandor 3d ago

FYI - She was partly raised in Tehran and her father is Iranian.

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u/ARobertNotABob 3d ago

Quite right. Wearing one wouldn't have been a mark of respect, it would have been one of submission.

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u/snoutpower 3d ago

So fragile are the feelings of hypocrites and demagogues. And respect shall be shown, but only towards them, because they are the ones whose opinion and feelings matter.

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u/ElwoodJD 3d ago

It’s sad the CBS kowtowed to his demands and made Leslie Stahl a “good subservient female” for him just to score the interview. Fuck them.

Good on CNN for letting Amanpour have her say. To be honest, American women accepting the forced wearing of a head covering to speak to him on American soil is only a slap in the face to the protestors in Iran right now and only makes them think the West supports this regime in their subjugation of women.

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u/ArthurDentsKnives 3d ago

Stahl's interview was in Iran, different situation.

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u/thehoot79 3d ago

You’re in America, scumbag. You have to abide by our customs, we don’t have to abide by yours.

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u/Lefty_22 3d ago

It’s astounding how out of touch this man is. If you are in a foreign country, you should respect the customs and traditions of that country. You shouldn’t expect them to abide by your customs. What an entitled twat. Enjoy the riots.

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u/apvizion 3d ago edited 3d ago

No one is obligated to abide by anyone else's religious beliefs, good for her refusing this whiney man-child's demands.

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u/Utterlybored 3d ago

How dare she make him horny!?!?

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u/NN8G 3d ago

Scared of women who won’t wear hats: Raisism

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u/AcaAwkward 3d ago

Killing people for drawing pictures of Mohammed, beating women to death because they refuse to wear a hijab, constant fear and anger against non- muslims. At what point do you realize you beliefs are hurting you, more than helping you?

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u/CantFireMeIquit 3d ago

Fuck him and his religion

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u/MillionPtsofLight 3d ago

Good for CNN and Christiane Amanpour. Let these misogynistic fucks die unheard.

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u/guccieyebags 3d ago

This man and all his goons are degenerates.

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u/TresBone- 3d ago

F that backwards ass dude

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u/Run_the_Line 3d ago

Respect is a two way street.