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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Iranian government using THE LORD OF THE RINGS to stifle protests

In one of the more bizarre stories to come out of Iran in the past week or so, it's being reported that the country's state-run Channel Two is running a marathon of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, intending to keep protesters off of Tehran's streets and watching the adventures of Frodo and Sam instead. The average citizens of Iran are quite fond of movies from the United States and Europe, but usually only get to watch them once or twice a week on television. Since the protests began, Iran's ruling regime has increased it to two or three movies per day.

Methinks that this might not be a good move on the part of the Iranian government, especially since one of the bigger messages of The Lord of the Rings is that "Even the smallest person can change the course of the future" :-)