Once again, where are the feminists? Absolutely silent. To speak out in defense of Maedeh Hojabri would be “Islamophobic.”
“Iran arrests teenage girl over Instagram video of her dancing in bedroom,” by Maya Oppenheim, Independent, July 8, 2018:
An Iranian teenage girl has been detained for posting videos of herself dancing in her bedroom on Instagram.
Maedeh Hojabri, an 18-year-old gymnast, admitted breaking moral norms in a state TV video broadcast on Friday.
She maintained that was not her goal and that she was simply attempting to garner more followers, although it was not clear whether her statement was made under duress.
Local news website Shabooneh said Ms Hojabri – who has attracted tens of thousands of followers – and three other individuals were detained on similar charges in recent weeks before being released on bail.
She had posted around 300 videos on her account – many of which saw her dancing in both Iranian and Western styles.
The teenager also appeared in videos without wearing the compulsory Islamic headscarf.
Her performances had thousands of followers on various accounts bearing her name, ranging from 12,000 to 66,000 followers. None of the accounts were verified.
Iranian police have said they plan to shut down similar Instagram accounts and the judiciary is considering blocking access to the site….
EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Geller Report. The featured image is of Maedeh Hojabri.