Hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's ban on Western music fell on deaf ears Tuesday, as shop owners and music enthusiasts in the Iranian capital continued selling, buying and listening to everything from hip-hop to country rock.
The official IRAN Persian daily reported Monday that Ahmadinejad, as head of the Supreme Cultural Revolutionary Council, ordered the enactment of an October ruling by the council to ban all Western music, including classical music, on state broadcast outlets.
“This president speaks as if he is living in the Stone Age. This man has to understand that he can't tell the people what to listen to and what not to listen to,” said Mohammed Reza Hosseinpour as he browsed through a Tehran music shop.
The shop's owner said he did not expect the president's ban to be implemented.
It seems though that Iran is still a little behind on the times. There was mention in the article of Eric Clapton and the Eagles' “Hotel California.” Not exactly on the up and up.
Regardless, President Ahmadinejad doesn't seem like a guy you really want to fuck with. Wonder how this situation's gonna turn out.