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Netanyahu makes #IranJeans trend on Twitter

October 7th, 2013
01:20 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

Fashion and foreign affairs are crossing paths on Iranian social media.

“#Jeans” has been a top trend on Twitter in Iran over the past few days and it all has to do with a comment from Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In an interview with BBC Persian late last week, Netanyahu criticized the lack of freedoms in the Iranian electoral process, which now-President Hassan Rouhani won in June.

But during the interview Netanyahu said, “I think if the Iranian people had their way they’d be wearing blue jeans, they’d have western music, they’d have free elections…”

Netanyahu was correct to say that Iran's elections are far from free by Western standards (Iran’s Guardian Council decides who the final candidates will be), but he was wrong about the jeans.

In the period after the Iranian revolution jeans were indeed frowned upon, but these days jeans are accepted and Iranians are responding to Netanyahu on Twitter with pictures of themselves wearing jeans.

A user who calls himself @Ali_Inverse who appears to be Tweeting from Iran posted a picture of himself doing the traditional Muslim prayers in his jeans.

Another user, called @sallar, even tweeted a picture of jeans and on top them a tablet which appears to be playing Western music.

And @rooznamehAnd tweeted out a photo with a little boy in jeans interacting with Iran’s Supreme Leader.

Ironically, Iranians are tweeting to respond to Israel’s prime minister, even though that Twitter is blocked in Iran. There is simple and free software that allows Iranians to get around that digital blockade, so they can use social networks and the other websites that the Iranian rulers block.

Even some of Iran’s top leaders – like the office of the newly elected president and his foreign minister – appear to be using that software to get around the blockade and tweet for themselves.


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  1. Majid Abu Kreifeh

    Dear Mam,

    Shall we send SOS?

    Will you please make some attention to what is going on Jordan those days. We are in suffer where ever we go.

    Thanks

    October 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Reply
    • Craig

      Here are some wonderful pictures of free Iranians wearing jeans. It's too bad the pundits attacking Netanyahu aren't courageous enough to tackle the real issue. They're afraid to look at the big picture. See below:

      ttp://www.israellycool.com/2013/10/09/stupid-netanyahu-iranians-can-totally-wear-jeans/

      Also Rouhani never condemned the Holocaust. He never mentioned it and said "If" Jews were killed.

      October 10, 2013 at 7:29 am | Reply
  2. George

    So after all these years, Mr. Natanyahu still doesn't have all the facts about Iran. Isn't this country supposed to be your No. 1 enemy? Isn't this country supposed to be the one which, in the past, wanted to wipe your state off the map?

    You'd think that being the case the PM of Israel will know everything about Iran by now?

    That's the thing about today's leaders. Big talkers but lazy in their approach. So they make a fool of themselves when it matters. This, to me, shows that the PM has not kept abreast with anything about today's Iran other than military issues, I guess.

    Look, let's take interest in the socio-economic issues of our neighbours and then, maybe, that will reap some results. It is said that it's only the fool who does the same thing all the time and expect a different outcome. See what is happening in Syria's Assad with a different approach? Then see what will happen in Iran with a different approach. Then weight it against the results of the old ways today's Iraq, Libya etc. A word to the wise is enough.

    October 7, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  3. Anti-Semitism is a MYTH !

    http://www.theguardian .com/world/iran-blog/2013/oct/07/iranians-israeli-pm-tweeting-jeans

    This is the intelligence that people have regarding the syria gas attack , iraq WMD and now jeans PRANK !! what could be the intelligence on nuclear weapons and centrifuges !!

    October 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  4. TheBob

    Natanyahu is clueless about Iran and Iranians. I've traveled to Iran twice in the last 4 years, and both times I wore nothing but my jeans, for a total of 6 weeks worth of stay, both in Tehran and other cities. Not once did anyone give a second look. Why? Because I was among a sea of other people also wearing blue jeans.

    Natanyahu either doesn't know what the hell he's talking about, or says things like this in hopes of gaining something, though I can't imagine what that wold be. If this lack of facts, or worse, purposeful lies, are any indication of everything else he tries to spread about Iran – and I think it is – people need to be aware of this man's intentions. He desperately wants the US to attack Iran. And he'll stop at nothing to make that happen.

    October 7, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Reply
    • Josh

      Iranian Muslim women don't wear jeans. They always dress up in a Halloween costume which makes them look like a tent. Netanyahu is right.

      October 7, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Reply
      • Alex

        I thought BB is clueless ,but I see Josh,Nathan Joseph etc need to educate themselves too

        October 8, 2013 at 12:46 am |
      • Amir

        I am Iranian . people are free to choose what they wear unless they show inappropriate nudity . Not only Iranian women wear jeans , but also they even wear leggings freely nowadays .

        October 8, 2013 at 5:03 am |
      • Mostafa Shahverdy

        How do you say that??? I am from Iran and I say that it is wrong, totally wrong!

        October 8, 2013 at 5:13 am |
      • Mostafa Shahverdy

        I was pointing to Josh:)

        October 8, 2013 at 5:13 am |
      • Marjan

        Dear Josh, I am an Iranian woman, I wear Jeans not a tent, I'm sorry for you that write about thins that you don't know about them. Please study about the subjects then write about them.

        October 8, 2013 at 9:14 am |
      • kai

        Dear Josh have you finished you school yet? you are talking with closed eyes and it shows that you have no idea about Iran. An advice: don't speak when you have no idea about something. thnx

        October 9, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
    • Mostafa Shahverdy

      Just for one second think of a man whose spy agency doesn't know about the public cloth of a country and says he knows about hidden illegal nuclear activities! That's really funny! :)))

      October 8, 2013 at 5:17 am | Reply
      • kai

        Mustafa thumb up dude😉

        October 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
  5. tony

    netanyahu is a total idiot! shut your mouth! you are a brutal killer no one needs your opinion

    October 8, 2013 at 1:21 am | Reply
  6. gazaviva

    BB jew, shut the f... up!

    October 8, 2013 at 1:33 am | Reply
  7. M.A.P.

    Oh the irony! Tweeting about how free you are on a service which is BLOCKED by your government! Netanyahu is an idiot, but so is Khamani. Iranians are not free to wear whatever they want, especially the women, so to ridicule the idea that they are not 100% free is not right.

    October 8, 2013 at 3:50 am | Reply
    • kai

      M.A.P don't talk for god sake

      October 9, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  8. Mostafa Shahverdy

    The mentioned boy in @rooznamehAnd's twitter interacting with leader is named Alireza Ahmadi Roshan. Hi is son of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan.
    Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan was one of Iran's nuclear scientists who was murdered by Israil's Musad in order to interrupt Iran's nuclear program.

    October 8, 2013 at 5:10 am | Reply
  9. NIKITA

    PROPAGANDA TO WHAT EXTEND DEAR CNN? ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING? WE (IRANIANS IN IRAN) ARE ONE OF THE MOST STYLISH PEOPLE ON EARTH! INSTEAD OF EDUCATING YOUR PEOPLE ABOUT THE WORLD AND THAT HOW SIMILAR WE ALL ARE, YOU TRY TO PORTRAY EVERY COUNTRY RETARDED TO MAKE YOURSELVES LOOK GOOD. UNFORTUNATELY, NOT ALL AMERICANS DO ACTUALLY TRAVEL AND RESEARCH ABOUT OTHER COUNTRIES, SO THEY BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SAY AND BELIEVE THAT AMERCIA "THE" COUNTRY! DO YA'LL REALLY WANT TO KNOW HOW WE DRESS IN IRAN? http://thetehrantimes.tumblr.com/tagged/streetstyle AND YES IM AN IRANIAN WOMAN LIVING IN TEHRAN. WE'RE EDUCATED, ARTISTIC AND STYLISH. WE LISTEN AND PLAY GREAT MUSIC!!!! WE HAVE BEEN WEARING JEANS SINCE THE DAY IT HAS BEEN INVENTED! STOP MIXING POLITICS TO BASH THE POEPLE OF A COUNTRY. I WAS ALWAYS TOLD HOW CNN IS ALWAYS FULL OF IT; AND THIS WAS ACTUALLY THE FIRST TIME I CAME TO VISIT YOUR WEBSITE AND LOOK AT WHAT I FIND! MRS. AMANPOUR, AS AN IRANIAN YOU SHOULD NOT LET CNN BASH US IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE. IF THEY ARE STUPID AND IGNORANT AND THEY ACTUALLY BELIEVE WHAT THEY REPORT, THEN YOU SHOULD ENLIGHTEN THEM. MY GOVERNMENT IS ANOTHER STORY AND ITS POLITICS AND I DO NOT WANT TO GET INTO IT IN HERE... BUT US NOT WEARING JEANS? PLEASE CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE AND YOU'LL SEE THE PICTURES OF PEOPLE ON THE STREETS OF TEHRAN. PEACE.

    October 8, 2013 at 7:06 am | Reply
    • Craig

      Here are some photos of Iranians wearing jeans in the streets of Tehran:
      http://www.israellycool.com/2013/10/09/stupid-netanyahu-iranians-can-totally-wear-jeans/

      October 10, 2013 at 7:38 am | Reply
  10. NIKITA

    OK MY BAD! IT WAS NOT CNN THE PROBLEM HERE, IT WAS ACTUALLY NETANYAHU WHO CONTINUES TO BE IGNORANT. I GOT REALLY EMOTIONAL BY SEEING THE REPORT, THAT I DECIDED TO WRITE, BUT I WENT OVER YOUR POST AGAIN AND REALIZED THAT I MADE A MISTAKE. NEVERTHELESS, CHECK OUT THIS BLOG TO SEE US REALLY IRANIANS>>> http://thetehrantimes.tumblr.com/tagged/streetstyle

    October 8, 2013 at 7:14 am | Reply
    • Ashumita, India

      iranian women are very beautiful and you should not validate what Jews of Israel tell you.
      BE PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE.Follow your own tradition and style . and you are like modern Indian women, traditional and jeans wearing as well. lol

      West has NO right to dictate around. They want all our cultures diminished.

      October 8, 2013 at 10:35 am | Reply
      • kai

        Ashumita ,love from Iran to India😉 Respect to Indians

        October 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
      • NIKITA

        I disagree with you! this has nothing to do with someone being jewish buddhist or whatever! I actually love jews, they happen to be great ppl! So the hate gotta stop somewhere! this is just stupid! Actually Humans are the bad part not their religion. this is coming from a born muslim!! FROM IRAN! peace

        October 20, 2013 at 3:58 am |
  11. Atiq

    ok lets put sanctions on Iran 4 not wearing blue jeans......
    oh wait a minute, lets bomb Iran for, bcoz wearing blue jeans is.......

    October 8, 2013 at 7:17 am | Reply
  12. Joe

    Those Israelis are soo stupid. Here's a picture of Iranian wearing jeans:

    And here's another one from the back:

    October 8, 2013 at 7:24 am | Reply
    • kai

      Joe not israelies .only few.

      October 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  13. Farida Ali Hussain

    This man Nutyahu is the most cruel, useless, warmonger and jewish fanatic to the downright most rotten core.
    First off, wearing jeans or not is a big deal? Jeans is a cheap cloth. But good and durable. However, a premier of a country makes a fuss out of a non-essential thing?

    It is the cheapness of this excuse of a hman-being called Netanyahu that he even makes a big thing out of such issues.
    And America is cheaper to give audience to this warrmonger

    October 8, 2013 at 9:02 am | Reply
  14. JohnnyBoy

    Netanyahu, the old pervert, is upset that he can not see Iranian women in skimpy. cut off jeans with half their butts hanging out like his Israeli jewish streetwalkers in TelAviv.

    October 8, 2013 at 9:35 am | Reply
  15. Ashumita, India

    Iranians should be proud of who they are and not be what West wants them to be.

    West wants to eradicate all other cultures and make everybody frolick around in public like half-naked Western apes that they are.

    October 8, 2013 at 9:39 am | Reply
  16. MichaelMayer

    This whole discussion is stupid. Netanyahu was not claiming that the government actually prohibited jeans – his point, clearly, was that with a more open society the Iranian people would adopt more of western cultures in dress, music and an overall philosophy of freedom. But, you can all choose to read him as the stupid enemy if you would rather but you should know that you are simply distorting the words to fit your preconceived notions.

    October 8, 2013 at 10:19 am | Reply
    • DslkTy

      Netandumdum should keep quiet. He is in no position to lecture anyone.
      And he carries no weight around to be looked upon as an elder.

      October 8, 2013 at 10:26 am | Reply
    • Ashumita, India

      Like your little Israel is a "free" country . Ask the Palestinians!
      Israel is an Apartheid terror nation

      October 8, 2013 at 10:45 am | Reply
      • Farren
        October 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
      • Farren
        October 8, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
      • Swej Kcuf

        Farren, Israeli hasbara trolls and paid Israeli liars like you will post anything. That doesn't make it right, though. LMFAO!

        October 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • Shirin Ali

      MichaelMayer:

      Do not for a second think that we over here in Iran are stupid. We know what Netanyahu wants, Israel wants and US wants.
      His accusations about Iran making nukes are just a pretext.
      Netanyahu wants much more than that.
      You guys, especially Jews want to change the whole MidEast. They want Eretz Israel, a Greater Israel much much bigger than what Israel is right now. We are not ignorant.

      October 8, 2013 at 10:55 am | Reply
    • Paanidar_WIUY67

      Hey micahelmayer you write 'his point, clearly, was that with a more open society the Iranian people would adopt more of western cultures in dress, music and an overall philosophy of freedom.'
      ha ha you really beileve that? But still with your "openness" and western dress you Jews are the most narrow minded people and PRANOID people in the world.

      Your ultra orthodox Jews look like they live in 7th century. ....the nerve of you punks to go and advise others.

      October 8, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Reply
    • Craig

      Thanks for being a voice of reason to counter all of Amanpours hateful followers. It is clear that she for not moderate the racism directed towards Jewish people on her "blog".

      October 10, 2013 at 7:36 am | Reply

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