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Iran outraged over music video starring Iranian pop star and US porn star

Iranian authorities arrest multiple music producers connected to a California-based Iranian pop singer in its latest effort to halt what it deems corrupt Western behaviour.

The arrests on Wednesday come as Iranian social media has been awash with criticism of popular underground Iranian singer, Sasy, or Sasan Heidari Yafteh’s, new music video.

Called Tehran Tokyo, the video features actresses, including Alexis Texas atop cars and inside bars. The clip racked up 18 million views within a week.




Over the years, Sasy has become known for contentious lyrics that Iranian conservatives see as tainting the country’s moral probity. In his previous songs he instructed teenagers to take alcohol shots if they cannot fall asleep and to scroll through Instagram instead of finishing their homework

In Iran, where the government retains tight controls over traditional media like newspapers and television, authorities have used courts to patrol social media platforms beyond their reach.

Hours before the video went live late on Wednesday, Iranian security forces arrested two popular music arrangers who worked on the song in the southern city of Shiraz and raided their studio, said Sasy’s manager, Farshid Rafe Rafahi, the CEO of Los Angeles-based EMH Productions. The brothers, Mohsen and Behrouz Manouchehri, now face prosecution by a criminal court in Tehran.



The Fars news agency also accused the music producers in Iran of running gambling websites at Sasy’s behest. Rafahi said the gambling accusations stemmed from a misunderstanding, given that a poker website helped sponsor the music video.

Sasy is now a permanent resident of the US and has lived in exile since leaving his career as a successful underground rapper in Iran in 2009. Since the video came out, Iran has promised to “pursue his case with international legal authorities,” according to the Fars report.

Hardliners consider the song a Western assault on Islamic teachings.

Iranian semi-official news agencies reported that those who “cooperated with Sasy” would face “decisive judicial action”. It remains uncertain whether police also arrested any of the lip-syncing fans.

Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution installed the system that endures today, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard has extended its reach into most aspects of Iranian society, with laws banning women from dancing in public or appearing outside without the hijab.

Authorities have cracked down on music in the past, for instance, arresting young Iranians who appeared in videos dancing.