Sadly, the story premise of the overbearing father who actively discourages his children from taking up a musical instrument, or even listening to music, has a resounding reality for some people. However…what if you were actively discouraged from music by your governmental leaders? Unfortunately, that very thing is an everyday reality in Iran.
In an article in the Guardian (UK), writer Saeed Kamali Dehghan reported that Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has termed music “not compatible” with the values of the Islamic republic, and should not be performed or taught.
“It’s better that our dear youth spend their valuable time in learning science and essential and useful skills,” the Ayatollah said, “and fill their time with sport and healthy recreations instead of music.”
Unfortunately, the Ayatollah’s opinions become governmental orders rather than mere suggestions. And to boot, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been the hammer enforcing this doctrine. Albums are routinely rejected for distribution and few permits are given for public concerts of any type. The public gathering environment is just ripe, it seems, for the display of “anti-revolutionary” sentiments.
That’s Orwellian double-speak of the highest order.