Iran’s Supreme Leader: Women in Cartoons Must Wear Islamic Head Coverings

Iran’s Supreme Leader: Women in Cartoons Must Wear Islamic Head Coverings


Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has reportedly issued a decree that female characters in cartoons must wear a hijab, the Islamic head covering that Iranian women are persecuted for refusing to wear.

According to the Saudi outlet Al-Arabiya on Monday, Khamenei was holding a virtual forum on the encrypted messaging platform Telegram when someone asked if the hijab, made mandatory for women in Iran after the 1979 Islamic revolution, should also be considered mandatory for “characters in animated films.”

“Although wearing hijab in such a hypothetical situation is not required per se, observing hijab in animation is required due to the consequences of not wearing hijab,” Khamenei replied rather confusingly since everything after the comma contradicts everything he said before the comma.

Al-Arabiya noted that Iranian women are harassed by everyone from the “morality police,” to regular law enforcement, to self-appointed moral vigilantes for failing to wear hijabs, or even

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