Argo provides the uninitiated Westerner with a crash course in the nature of the Iranian people as if out of some kind of hawkish fairy tale. Not just the regime, the people. In Argo, somewhere amid the exciting escape of six sympathetic American victims, we are treated to hordes of hysterical, screaming, untrustworthy, irrational, bearded and lethal antagonists. Some of them are pivotal characters that advance the plot. Others are just bystanders in seething crowds. It doesn’t seem to matter. The point is, these are the villains.
Yeah, that was totally Argo's fault. It's not like there actually was a violent, hysterical, screaming, irrational, bearded, and lethal mob in real life or anything.
Or more specifically, the Iranians. All of them. There is not one positive Iranian subject in the entire story.
This person has very clearly not watched the movie. For example, there is Sahar, the Iranian housekeeper who refuses to give up the hostages to the revolutionaries.
Would it be instructive to learn more about why young Iranian people were resentful of the United States housing the dictatorial Shah they’d worked to overthrow? Might it be helpful to explain that not all Iranians were Islamic formalists who supported Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini?
They did that!
If anything, the film was too harsh towards everyone other than the Iranians. For example, there was no American oil interests in Iran, the coup was Britain's idea.
This is to say nothing of the more incendiary moments, such as that of a barking flock of Iranians stomping on an American flag. Scenes like that are clearly meant to arouse the emotions of a Western audience. And in a fiction-meets-reality kind of kismet, here’s a Hollywood movie that finds convenient kinship – and symbiotic validation – in today’s news cycle, as American politicians hammer away at the message that Iran and its people represent the greatest threat to global peace.
Did he not see the scene where the Americans were doing the exact same thing to show they were Not So Different
? And once again: this isn't a racist or inaccurate portrayal, it is simply what happened.
The author of this article is an asshat.