Iran pa­pers slam MP self­ies

Kuwait Times - - NEWS -

Iran’s news­pa­pers were dom­i­nated yes­ter­day by ac­cu­sa­tions law­mak­ers had em­bar­rassed them­selves by clam­or­ing to take self­ies with EU for­eign pol­icy chief Fed­er­ica Mogherini dur­ing her visit to par­lia­ment. Mogherini was among dozens of for­eign guests in Iran for the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani on Sat­ur­day, but she ap­peared to cap­ture the most at­ten­tion as mem­bers of par­lia­ment crowded round to grab a snap with her.

Im­ages of the law­mak­ers perched on desks and lin­ing up with their smart­phones in front of the Ital­ian diplo­mat trig­gered a storm of anger and ridicule on Ira­nian so­cial me­dia un­der the hash­tag “self­ies of hu­mil­i­a­tion”. “Dear MPs, thank you for dis­grac­ing 80 mil­lion peo­ple,” wrote one Twit­ter user. Others drew com­par­isons with iconic im­ages such as Walt Dis­ney’s seven dwarves lin­ing up to fawn over Snow White. At least one law­maker apol­o­gized for his lack of deco­rum, but the is­sue still dom­i­nated yes­ter­day’s front pages.

The re­formist Ghanoon daily had a car­toon of Mogherini in the style of Ed­vard Munch’s fa­mous paint­ing “The Scream”, with Ira­nian par­lia­men­tar­i­ans peep­ing from the cor­ners with their mo­bile phones snap­ping away. The episode “shows the lack of proper ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try”, it wrote in its edi­to­rial. But the ul­tra-con­ser­va­tive Kay­han news­pa­per did not see the funny side. — AFP

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