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.