Iran accuses Kim Kardashian of being a secret agent amid crackdown on social media
SHE’S the world’s most recognisable reality TV star, a model, and a business mogul. But if the Iranian government is to be believed, Kim Kardashian can add secret agent to the list of personal accomplishments.
The authoritarian regime has accused the celebrity of working as a spy on behalf of Instagram. Government clerics claim the notorious exhibitionist uses the social media platform she loves so much to encourage young people to shun conservative traditions and subvert Islamic values.
In a country where women risk imprisonment and lashings for not being covered up, Kim Kardashian’s stated commitment to the naked selfie had made her an enemy of the state.
Officials of the country’s Revolutionary Guards Corp, an organisation set up to help protect the country’s Islamic traditions and prevent foreign interference, have questioned the real reason for Kim’s internet popularity.
Known as the morality police, they apparently believe she has been recruited by Instagram boss Kevin Systrom to target “young people and women” to lead them astray.
“Ms Kim Kardashian is a popular fashion model so Instagram’s CEO tells her, ‘Make this (modelling) native’,” Mostafa Alizadeh, a spokesman for the militant group, reportedly told local news outlet Iran Wire.
“There is no doubt that financial support is involved as well. We are taking this very seriously,” he said.
It’s not the first time the regime has taken issue with a Western tech company. In 2012, Iran accused Google of being a spy engine.
The conspiratorial accusations levelled at the Instagram star came as a surprise to the 35-year-old who was informed of the odd report upon arrival in France for the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday.
“What? For who?” she exclaimed to People.com after hearing the bizarre accusation for the first time. “I just landed and came here (from the airport). I have not heard that one,” she said.
The Iranian Revolution of 1979 saw a pro-western monarchy overthrown in favour of an Islamic Republic. Since then Iran and the West have had a tumultuous and very suspicious relationship.
During the reign of reformist president Mohammad Khatami in the 1990s and early 2000s, many Iranian citizens began pushing the boundaries of what was socially acceptable. Women began
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