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Iran Tries To Pacify Protesters With Lord of The Rings Marathon

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the chip-the-glasses-and-crack-the-plates-that's-what-Ahmadinejad-hates dept.

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Iranian state television's Channel Two is playing a Lord of the Rings marathon in an attempt to keep people inside watching hobbits and not protesting in the streets. Normally, people in Tehran are treated to one or two Hollywood movies a week, but with recent events the government hopes that sitting through a nine-hour trilogy will take the fight out of most of the protesters. Perhaps this was not the best choice in films if you want your people not to believe that "even the smallest person can change the course of the future."

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Drivel (5, Funny)

oneirophrenos (1500619) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468733)

Bah, I didn't like those movies at all. If I was in Iran, I'd probably be so pissed off that they're showing me such garbage that I'd take to the streets and wreck at least a couple of cars.

Re:Drivel (0)

lawnboy5-O (772026) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468839)

Gandalf?

Re:Drivel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28469043)

Yes - what the heck do you want Dodo..,or Frodo or whatever your bloody name is you fresh-faced little twerp?

Re:Drivel (4, Interesting)

conspirator57 (1123519) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468869)

LoTR is allowed in Iran? I thought it was too secular, or blasphemous, or something.

Re:Drivel (3, Funny)

Loadmaster (720754) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469311)

If this movie doesn't work they'll have to give them the newest Hollywood movie: Bruno. That should fly well over there.

Re:Drivel (2, Funny)

OnlineAlias (828288) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469441)

Iranian 1: "DEATH TO AMERICA!"
Iranian 2: "Hey, they make the movies on Channel 2."
Iranian 1:"Oh, wait..."

Another movie perhaps? (3, Funny)

mtmra70 (964928) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469403)

How about Star Wars then....

Re:Drivel (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469463)

I thought it was too secular

Of the many words that could be used to describe Lord of the Rings, "secular" really isn't one of them.

Re:Drivel (1)

GameMaster (148118) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469511)

No-one ever said that it was translated faithfully. Or, perhaps, it was translated to be full of "faith"...

Re:Drivel (1)

rkoot (557181) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468909)

I completely agree. My general state during the movies was "Die Hobbits Die!!!" which they regrettably failed to do which ruined the movies for me. Wrecking some cars or throwing some bricks at cops seemed like a proper emotional response after 9 hours of torture.
they should have used pr0n....

Re:Drivel (1)

thebheffect (1409105) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469053)

That's what I like. No-skin-all-burka pr0n.

Re:Drivel (1)

ShakaUVM (157947) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469433)

My general state during the movies was "Die Hobbits Die!!!" which they regrettably failed to do which ruined the movies for me.

Yeah. My wife kept yelling, "Go Orcs!" during the premieres.

Damn, I love her sometimes.

Showing them LOTR?! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28469097)

Great choice, show everyone they need to stand up and fight against evil forces trying to gain power over everyone. Yes that'll really Pacify Protesters.

Perhaps tomorrow they can show everyone George Orwell's 1984.

Re:Showing them LOTR?! (2, Funny)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469359)

If they wanted to see a boot stomping on a human face they wouldn't really need to stay inside watching TV...

Re:Drivel (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28469393)

C'mon mods...get a freakin' sense of humor!

Hmmmm. (4, Funny)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468743)

Well, speaking for myself, I wanted to kill people on the exit from 2 out 3 of those movies, so this may not achieve the intended effect.

Re:Hmmmm. (1)

StickansT (1585125) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469175)

Same here but it was with swords and bows rather than AK-47s. So a bit more manly imo.

Wonderful! (5, Funny)

voss (52565) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468765)

Lord of the rings in the original farsi! Can someone tape it for me?

Re:Wonderful! (4, Funny)

conspirator57 (1123519) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468903)

Everyone knows that Tolkien was Klingon. Just like Shakespeare.

Re:Wonderful! (1)

diegocgteleline.es (653730) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469345)

Don't miss this oportunity, they will probably cut all the ads so you won't need to FF :)

No TV and Beer make Homer Something Something (3, Funny)

ZirbMonkey (999495) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468767)

Since beer is already off the list for Iranians, that leaves only one option.

Not original. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28468777)

They're just copying the American Way (TM) to pacify their serfs. Barrage them with movies, commercials, and scantily clad women.

Sex sells... (5, Funny)

denzacar (181829) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469015)

and scantily clad women.

You've said it!
You should see some of the new burqas and chadors they are shipping to the stores. Sexy as hell.

You can almost see the eyebrows.

Re:Not original. (1)

guyfawkes-11-5 (1583613) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469023)

They're just copying the American Way (TM) to pacify their serfs. Barrage them with movies, commercials, and scantily clad women.

And every so often you get a Tea Party!

Re:Not original. (1)

nizo (81281) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469485)

Wait, where is my barrage of scantily clad women? And are they sending them via catapult or what?

That will get them to fall sleep (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28468781)

The epic bore of the century is guaranteed to achieve that.

No Extended Version? (1)

Space (13455) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468785)

I'd be pissed that the were only showing 9 hours instead of 14

Re:No Extended Version? (5, Funny)

Megane (129182) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468863)

It's probably in pan-n-scan too.

JIHAD!

Re:No Extended Version? (1)

conspirator57 (1123519) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469129)

this made my entire office laugh.

Re:No Extended Version? (5, Funny)

BetterSense (1398915) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469437)

One does not simply Jihad into Mordor.

Re:No Extended Version? (1)

GameMaster (148118) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469549)

It's, probably, also "creatively" translated to eliminate any "questionable" themes and add in some pro-regime themes. My understanding is that that's a pretty common practice in a lot of the more opressive countries.

Re:No Extended Version? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28469539)

They had to delete all of the capitalistic, christian enuendo

This may not be a bad thing. (3, Funny)

dilip (211779) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468789)

Maybe the Iranian censor board will be able to cut out anything unneeded and make the movies more compact and watchable. I love the movies, but they can induce numbness to the posterior if watched more than one at a time.

Re:This may not be a bad thing. (1)

Smivs (1197859) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469025)

I love the movies, but they can induce numbness to the posterior if watched more than one at a time.

Yep ! I did all three ( extended versions no less ) in one day once, morning session - part 1, afternoon - part 2 and part 3 in the evening. Take a break after each disc and eat between the parts, with 'head-refreshments' along the way and it's do-able, if you're a sad nerd like me. Was it worth it? Hell, yes! A long day in middle earth is an experience never to be forgotten.

This will end well.. (1)

p1r4t3 (1139441) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468803)

I can just see the planners of the revolution getting all giddy about the kind of pulling together against evil these movies can inspire. LOL

Can't have it both ways (-1, Troll)

danw5k1 (1174993) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468809)

They oppress the people = they're evil.

They listen to the will of the people, win an election and give the people what they want = they're evil.

You can't have it both ways Western World!

Re:Can't have it both ways (4, Insightful)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468873)

Uh yea. Blatantly rig an election, and people tend to get pissed off. It's about more than just lining up in front of the cute little box. They had substantially more votes than people in more than 10(?) districts, and the race which was predicted to be very close, turned out to be a complete landslide. Every observer called the election rigged, even some of the internal ones.

And you're wondering why they're pissed?

Re:Can't have it both ways (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469039)

"the race which was predicted to be very close, turned out to be a complete landslide"
that's not really an issue. It can happen perfectly legitimately.

Yeah, the rest of the fact clearly point to vote fraud.

I mean, when they say Yes, there were more votes then people, but no there wasn't vote fraud.
I mean WTF?

Re:Can't have it both ways (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469029)

This isn't about the election, this is about how the Iranian regime treats it's political rivals.

The election is just a red herring at this point and just a lame excuse to avoid addressing the real issue here.

Re:Can't have it both ways (5, Informative)

JumperCable (673155) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469121)

Is it really to much to ask them not to kill their own citizens in the streets and abduct them from their homes for torture & potential death?

http://iran.whyweprotest.net/news-current-events/2327-green-brief-8-a.html [whyweprotest.net]

1. The event of the day was the protest held at Baharestan Square in the late afternoon. Although the exact number cannot be fully known, my sources claimed somewhere between 5,000-10,000 people tried to join the rally. Things got violent when security forces that had been waiting there for hours moved in as soon as a small crowd had managed to gather. They used force to brutalize the protesters and scatter them faster then they could regroup. Police were also patrolling the areas around Baharestan and people were attacked even as they fled Baharestan and go to the outer edges of the area. This continued for at least two hours.

2. Force was utilized without discrimination; however, media reports about a complete massacre cannot be confirmed by my more reliable sources. What I can confirm is at least 3 people were killed; the police used batons to beat people quite viciously - leaving dozens injured, not just in Baharestan but also in the areas around Baharestan. Shots were also fired and at least 2 of the fatalities were as a result of gunfire. Tear gas was also used to disperse them. We cannot confirm the use of axes on protesters. It could have been isolated incidents. But a wide-spread use cannot be confirmed. There were reports of killings at Lalehzar as well. Lalezhzar is a park in Tehran which has been completely taken over by security forces and is being used as a quasi-de fact base. Pictures are scarce and videos cannot be confirmed at this point either. The police were checking cell phones throughout the area as well as in other parts of the city and deleting images or videos or confiscating the phone altogether.

3. The area was surrounded also by vans and cars belonging to the security forces. Injured protesters and those protesters the police could hold onto were promptly thrown into these vehicles and moved to undisclosed locations. It has been suggested that Evin prison is being used to house most of the prisoners, but the sheer number of protesters easily could mean that make-shift prisons have been built around Tehran to house these people. Some sources indicated as well, but this cannot be confirmed right away. Most shops around Baharestan were closed so people had nowhere to hide. Cell phone service was also jammed so no help could arrive for those stranded and the vicious and wide-spread beatings and arrests could continue.

4. The security forces were being heavily helped by helicopters. They flew all over the city and informed security forces of places where people had gathered. Security forces arrived in minutes and dispersed crowd. However, people were extremely persistent. Gatherings and small rallies took place in several places and the quicker they were dispersed the quicker more sprang up. This continued late into the night until people dispersed on their own. The sheer tenacity of the protesters is heartening and many twitter sources indicated that no matter what happens they will go to streets and protest. Hezbollah e Ansar were also spotted from time to time. Plainclothesmen also did their part of the arrests as they drove around the city in motorcycles.

5. There were also other arrests in Iran today. At least 70 university professors and other professionals held a meeting today with Mousavi at the end of which, all of them were arrested as they exited the meeting area. Reports also confirm that Mousavi's chief lawyer, Ardsher Amir Arjman has also been arrested. There is no real confirmation of whether Mousavi has been arrested or he's free. However, there are strong indications and SOME sources that claim he is currently under house arrest. For a partial list, please click here: List of Killed and Injured - English

6. Several foreign nationals were arrested today as well. Among them is Iason Athanasiadis - a Greek national who works for the Washington Times. The identity of other people detained cannot be confirmed at this point. The media lockdown is continuing in Iran as the government tries to stop the spread of news of what's happening inside the country. Saw a quote that I wanted to share by an Iranian twitter user: "Saving Iran... one tweet at a time!"

Re:Can't have it both ways (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469199)

Um, if the election was rigged, then they didn't give the people what they wanted. They in fact defied the public will.

I mean, that is rather the point of these protests.

Yeah dude! Bring it back! (1)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468811)

This blonde dude surfs on a shield, and he stabs these goblins in the eye with arrows! Dude's so hardcore he don't even need a bow! Yah dude, those lords of the rings are righteous! I totally don't wanna overthrow the Ayatollah anymore after watching that...I just wanna lay back and burn some 'hobbit leaf,' know what I'm sayin', bra?

This is what WTO IP Treaties buy us? (1)

iluvcapra (782887) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468813)

I suppose I could make some joke about how Soviet Russia fell because they tried to pacify the public with a Sergei Eisenstein marathon and a special once-in-a-lifetime uninterrupted screening of Dziga Vertov's Tchelovek Skinoapparatom. But what are we to do when totalitarians have access to high-quality Hollywood content!

They've probably re-dubbed the movie in Farsi to make Sauron the good guy. This has happened before; when Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was screened in Eastern Europe, it was only in a dubbed version that made Taylor and Senator Paine into capitalist oligarchs, with Smith fighting for his worker's soviet back home.

Re:This is what WTO IP Treaties buy us? (1)

Megane (129182) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468879)

Actually, in Soviet Russia, protesters pacify YOU!

Freedom! (4, Funny)

mcvos (645701) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468815)

Where is my vo... Ooh! Legolas!

Re:Freedom! (4, Funny)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469095)

But they don't have elves in Iran. Achmandinnerjacket said so at the university talk. It was elves, right? Something like that.

Bore tehm to sleep? (1)

EkriirkE (1075937) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468821)

People will just turn this on, go bored out of their minds and start rioting the broadcast stations

Link (2, Informative)

Slash.Poop (1088395) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468845)

What kind of link is that? It brings me to Salon.com's main page.

Re:Link (4, Informative)

raju1kabir (251972) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468929)

Try this one: http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2009/06/24/tehran_seven/index.html [salon.com]

P.S. Is Slashdot's CSS just going to get weirder and weirder until the site can't used at all? Now the comment field is about 3cm wide.

Re:Link (1)

basementman (1475159) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469375)

Lucky, I can't even see the comment field thanks to the header changing colors every time I click an article.

Re:Link (2, Funny)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469413)

P.S. Is Slashdot's CSS just going to get weirder and weirder until the site can't used at all? Now the comment field is about 3cm wide.

Slashdot's CSS is optomized for FF on Slack. You must be using WinBlows... "Get a real OS"

Re:Link (1)

Slash.Poop (1088395) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468943)

In other news...

After I hit "Read More" the link bring me to the story.
Things that make you go hmmm....

Hey MPAA! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28468851)

Did they get the rights to that?

Re:Hey MPAA! (3, Informative)

Eric_Scheirer (14197) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469089)

Iran is not a signatory to WIPO. They do not respect copyrights of works produced in other countries.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_and_copyright_issues

Re:Hey MPAA! (1)

JumperCable (673155) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469249)

OP isn't redundant. I just checked the prior posts. Plus I think it's funny.

Exactly (1)

dmesg0 (1342071) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468861)

"even the smallest person can change the course of the future."

Of course! Have you noticed Ahmadinejad's height? He is as tall as a hobbit, so they try to portray him as the savior of the world! Not sure if his feet are hairy, though.

What will happen (5, Funny)

pudge (3605) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468875)

"A day may come when the courage of men fails ... But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, men of ... Iran! Allahu Akbar!"

Re:What will happen (2)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469061)

"Akbar"

Wait, is it "Lord of the Rings", or "Star wars"?

Re:What will happen (5, Funny)

Loadmaster (720754) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469161)

Either way It's a Trap!

Re:What will happen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28469093)

Isn't Hollywood and "Western culture" supposed to be detestable to Iran's political leaders?

I'm confused.

Re:What will happen (4, Insightful)

Jason Levine (196982) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469325)

It is when it runs counter to how they want things done. But when they see an opportunity to use Hollywood and Western culture to their advantage, they won't shy away from it. In the end, they are just politicians. Highly corrupt, brutal politicians, but politicians nonetheless.

Re:What will happen (1)

efudddd (312615) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469099)

men ... and women of ... Iran! Allahu Akbar! And not sure which of the two I'd rather face in battle: those are fierce women.

Re:What will happen (3, Funny)

ajs (35943) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469373)

They're probably redubbed that bit to:

"The filthy British and American orcs have us pinned down with their green-hued protests, but we must rise up and smite them all, even if it means our deaths!"

Re:What will happen (1)

CodeBuster (516420) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469429)

Presumably the film(s) were formatted to fit their screen(s), compressed to run in the time allotted, and of course edited for content . I wonder if they paid Universal for a license to broadcast those films? I am betting that they probably did not. If so, Hollywood should file a lawsuit against Iran without delay for unauthorized public broadcast of a copyrighted film(s).

This being Slashdot... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28468901)

This being Slashdot, and given the topic that consumes so much of our time these days, my question is...

Since they obviously pulled this out of the hat in a rapid series of decision to help quell the masses, did they properly secure rights to be showing them?

Wow. (0, Troll)

ground.zero.612 (1563557) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468957)

It's extremely disheartening to read about governments pacifying their entire population. Whether it's here in the USA or abroad. :(

Sic (1)

Trikenstein (571493) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468963)

the RIAA on the Iranian government.
Problem solved.

Re:Sic (1)

NotWithABang (1570431) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469483)

Yup, the Iranian government would have the RIAA butchered and slaughtered in no time. The problem would most definitely be solved.

Not so much for the Iranians though.

See what I did there? :)

Wrong movie (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28468975)

They should have showed 300 instead.

Re:Wrong movie (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469177)

I would *love* to see 300 with Farsi audio, but I'm afraid it would be too farcical.

Re:Wrong movie (2, Insightful)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469515)

A fair number of Iranians have seen 300. "Not amused" would be fair description of the average reaction.

the one (3, Funny)

Timberfox (1537013) | more than 5 years ago | (#28468987)

one islamic regime to rule them all

American meddling huh? (5, Insightful)

Garbad Ropedink (1542973) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469027)

So the tyrants of Iran are blaming this whole mess on the American media, then they're tying to placate the protesters with American media? A movie trilogy about a bunch of people banding together to overthrow an evil tyrant no less. Nobody could draw parallels between things like the dark riders and the police riding motorcycles beating people with clubs.

The sense of irony is weak with the Iranian dictatorship...

Re:American meddling huh? (3, Funny)

H0p313ss (811249) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469251)

So the tyrants of Iran are blaming this whole mess on the American media, then they're tying to placate the protesters with American media? A movie trilogy about a bunch of people banding together to overthrow an evil tyrant no less. Nobody could draw parallels between things like the dark riders and the police riding motorcycles beating people with clubs.

The sense of irony is weak with the Iranian dictatorship...

Or the Iranian leftist media just managed to *WHOOSH* the evil overlord.

Re:American meddling huh? (2, Funny)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469377)

Nobody could draw parallels between things like the dark riders and the police riding motorcycles beating people with clubs.

It's all in who you regard as the good guys. How about paralleling the motorcycle-riding police with the Riders of Rohan?

Re:American meddling huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28469387)

Maybe they voice-over Sauron as an American.

At least they're not Christian (1)

T Murphy (1054674) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469051)

Or else at mass when they get the host they'd all go "more Lamdas bread... *sigh*".

US is cast as Gandalf (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469073)

Bunch of meddlesome twats, right? Yeah, Iranian people. You get the comparison, right? Because nobody likes Gandalf, the same way nobody likes America!!!

Heh. This is the most tone-deaf thing I've heard about since the operation to capture Saddam. Codename for that one? Red Dawn. What did they use as identifiers for Iraqi positions around Saddam? Wolverine 1, Wolverine 2, etc. If you're going to make allusions to movies, try not to pick one where you're comparing yourself to the Soviets.

Re:US is cast as Gandalf (2, Informative)

tnk1 (899206) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469385)

In Soviet Iraq, Saddam captures you?

One (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469081)

One does not walk into Tehran.

Panem et circenses (0, Troll)

Itninja (937614) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469107)

Taking a lesson from the American government it looks like. Keep giving people food and entertainment and maybe they forget how their rights are being trampled on.

Yuo Fail It.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28469133)

current cor3 were

Don't worry ... (1)

powerlord (28156) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469141)

From the Fine Slashdot Summary: "Perhaps this was not the best choice in films if you want your people not to believe that "even the smallest person can change the course of the future."

Fortunately in the version edited for Iran and translated into Pharsi, the Hobbits are working to combat the idolators, and re-establish Sharia in Middle Earth.

Eagles? (5, Funny)

Carl_Stawicki (1274996) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469155)

Maybe the Iranians can figure out why Frodo didn't just ride the eagles to Mt. Doom in the first place.

Re:Eagles? (1)

Guysmiley777 (880063) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469227)

The Iranians don't have Eagles, they have old Tomcats.

Re:Eagles? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28469361)

Well obviously the thrust to weight ratio would have fallen too low as they approached the volcano.

Iran hopefully welcomes ... (4, Funny)

galego (110613) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469159)

their new hobbit overlord.

Oh wait! That's North Korea ... my bad!

Re:Iran hopefully welcomes ... (2, Insightful)

tnk1 (899206) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469547)

Excuse me. If you are referring to the Dear Leader, Kim Jong Il, you need to realize that he is the smartest, most clever and most physically fit.

It's just that no one else seems to realize it.

They will also show free HBO previews (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28469163)

Hung has been reedited and retitled to Hung Zionist.

Go people of Iran go! (1)

otopico (32364) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469201)

I hope the films inspire the people not already out in the streets to join the ones that are. The new revolution will be twittered.

V for Vran (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28469313)

If they want people to stop, V for Vendetta would have been a much better choice IMO.

What about Mel Gibson marathon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28469379)

The enemy of our enemy is our friend? Then, they hear out everybody's windows.... FREEDOM!!!

This will cause trouble... (5, Funny)

MiniMike (234881) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469389)

From what I've heard, most people voted for a Star Trek marathon, not LOTR. The Guardian Council denies anything is wrong with the vote count, despite the official count being 17 billion votes for LOTR vs -8 for Star Trek.

I wonder if this is going to cause any trouble...

Precious election. (1)

fenring (1582541) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469439)

"They're thieves, they're thieves! They're filthy little thieves! Where is it? Where is it? They ssstole it from us... my precioussss. Curse them! We hates them! It's ours, it is, and we wants it!"
That's what iranians will say about the election after the movies.

Edited for Content (1)

sloomis (1326535) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469481)

Come on, do you seriously think they are seeing the theatrical release. No way in hell, shit the version of the trilogy they get is 20 minutes of drama before Sauron gets the ring and 8 hours and 40 minutes of Sauron enslaving everyone.

Iran is finally learning... (0, Troll)

Ummite (195748) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469489)

Doing as Fox news is already doing for years, they will slowly learn how to control the masses with television. Nice work Iran.

Sometimes (1)

n30na (1525807) | more than 5 years ago | (#28469531)

Life really is stranger than fiction. This is hilarious, the onion would be hard pressed in besting it. Seriously. A LOTR marathon to distract people. I wonder if it would be funnier if it actually worked, or if it didn't...
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