The Irani News agency Fars, photoshopped U.S. first lady Michelle Obama’s Oscar dress. So it covered her chest and shoulders, adding material to her dress to make it less revealing. According to media reports. Michelle is the latest victim altered to cover neckline, Smh.com.au reports.
The first lady announced Argo had won best picture via a video link from the White House during Monday’s Oscars ceremony on February 24. The blunder comes less than two weeks after another state-run Iranian media outlet was caught out using a fake photo of a new stealth fighter jet.
The dress, a shimmering silver, sleeveless gown by Indian-born American designer Naeem Khan, was widely praised in the U.S fashion press.
Iranian rules stipulate women shown on Iran’s state television should have a hijab that covers their hair, arms and legs, making the Oscars quite a challenge
The rules do vary somewhat for foreigners, and in particular state dignitaries and celebrities.
In its rendering of the photo, the Iranian news agency raised the neckline and added short sleeves. Iranian state TV also blurred out the First Lady’s attire in its coverage of the Oscars.
A foreign woman travelling inside Iran should comply with the same restrictions on Iranian women, but those shown on TV can get away with not wearing the hijab.
Fars, which is affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, noted that it was unusual that Michelle Obama had announced this year’s award for Best Picture, which went to what it called the “controversial and anti-Iranian” film “Argo.” Traditionally, Hollywood notables announce the winners.
Two weeks ago, Khouz News released a picture of a new radar-dodging stealth fighter jet flying above snow-covered mountains. But the picture was immediately suspected to be a fake, with the lighting on the plane and its position similar to its appearance in pictures on the ground in Tehran.
The hard-line news agency said the movie is a production of the “Zionist” Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
In 2008, news wire Agence France-Presse had to retract an official image of an Iran missile launch following revelations it was doctored to include an extra missile. The photo had appeared on the front pages of many media outlets including NYTimes.com and the front page of The Los Angeles Times.
In November 2012 Iran showed off a new drone design, but it was later revealed that the photographs it released were ripped off from a Japanese university and doctored.
In January, Iran claimed to have successfully sent a monkey into space in a Pishgam rocket. That announcement was also accused of being faked as photographs of the monkey before and after showed two clearly different animals.
Since its release in October, Iranian state media have blasted “Argo” for its unflattering portrayal of life in Iran following the 1979 revolution.
“The interesting point to notice in the [Oscars ceremony] was the presence of the wife of the Palestinian filmmaker in Islamic hijab,” Fars commented in a short news story devoted to how Burnat’s wife was dressed.
“The comparison between the clothing of Burnat’s wife in the Oscar ceremony and the attire of Iranian actresses in international festivals is worthy of reflection,” it said.
Fars, frequently accuses Iranian actresses of flouting the Islamic dress code at international award ceremonies, seemed to suggest the Palestinian woman could be a role model for Iranian actresses.