“The government has to deal with a lot of pressure from the ultra-conservative media to not attend ceremonies viewed as non-Islamic.”
I published this video with a caption saying that one of the guests at the party filmed it with her mobile. In reality, it’s just a silly video I made of an orange with a party music in the background.A lot of people fell for my joke and thought the orange video was really filmed at the president’s wife’s party. They started to analyse it in the comments. Others seemed to think that their internet connection wasn’t strong enough for the video and that the video had frozen on the image of the orange!The government has to deal with a lot of pressure from the ultra-conservative media to not attend ceremonies viewed as non-Islamic. For example, the government avoids having alcohol on the table or shaking hands with female hosts at diplomatic meetings for fear of scandals inside the country.This makes me think of a similar scandal that happened when [senior cabinet member Esfandiar Rahim] Mashaei, a close associate of Ahmadinejad, attended in a conference in Turkey and there were women dancers [Editor’s note: Mashaei, who was head of Iran's Tourism Organization, attended a cultural ceremony featuring female dancers during a trip to Turkey in 2005. Footage of Mashaei at the ceremony appeared a year later and was broadcast on state media, sparking criticism that Mashaei violated Islamic principles by watching women dance.]Honestly, the party given by Rohani’s wife isn’t any different from the many parties given by the wife of [former Iranian president] Ahmadinejad, but the ultra-conservatives are trying to make it into a big deal and pressure the government with it. But, honestly, I believe the conservatives’ threat to publish a video is just a bluff. They are just trying to push the president’s office to publish a video of the party and turn it into an even bigger scandal.