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Hit Song “Happy” Creates Controversy in Iran

Pharrell's hit song "Happy" has been dominating the music charts and is one of top feel good songs of the summer. When a video surfaced showcasing 3 Iranian men and 3 Iranian unveiled women dancing to the song in and around Tehran the group were arrested and the video was deemed "vulgar" and one that "hurts public chastity" according to police chief Hossein Sajedinia.
The video which starred students, film makers and photographers was released at the end of March during the Perisan New Year and became widespread throughout social media sparking several remakes.
This is just one of many occurrences where young people have been slowly revolting against the Islamic government. A Facebook page called "My Stealthy Freedom" was created with the intention of women across Iran posting photos of themselves without the hijab.
The Facebook page, which was started by Masih Alinejad has over 130,000 likes with over 150 photos posted by women and men all over Iran.
Pharrell Williams has protested against the arrest of the young students and took to his Facebook page to reach out to his fans stating "It is beyond sad that these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness".
The public response has been huge with many using the hashtag "freehappyiranians" as a way to pressure Iranian authorities to release those arrested.
Young Iranians dance to Pharrell's hit song "Happy"

Young Iranians dance to Pharrell's hit song "Happy"

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