TEHRAN – After raiding Barbie doll to ward off Western culture, Iran is also banned toy or puppet characters The Simpson.
According to reports from a number of media, the Iranian government banned toy or puppet characters from the U.S. to counteract the influx of Western culture. However, Iran does not prohibit the circulation of Superman and Spiderman toys because the two characters is the character of the superhero defenders of truth and savior of the oppressed people.
“We do not want to promote The Simpson’s cartoon character by importing these toys,” said one Iranian official Mohammad Hossein Farjoo, as quoted by the Belfast Telegraph, Monday (02/06/2012).
Hossein also does not explain in detail why toys The Simpson became one of the things forbidden in the land of Persia.
Earlier, Iran said Barbie doll like “Trojan Horse” in 1996. On January 2012, Iranian police raided a number of stores that seem to sell the dolls. Iran also launched a rival Barbie dolls, that is, Dara and Sara. The doll is designed to promote family tradition in Iran, but Dara and Sara are not able to compete with Barbie.
Since the Islamic Revolution broke out in Iran, Western culture is seen as a negative thing. However, many Iranians who still love Western culture. Iranian television broadcast a program or even frequently Hollywood film production.