Thursday, 28 January 2016

Italy covering up nude statues: Iranians have responded with online sarcasm

Believe it or not but the Italian efforts to please Iranian Hassan Rouhani has ended up as a joke
in the eyes of both Italians and Iranians online.

The following is a little taster of the irony going on and how low someone can sink for the sake of a sale. 
Is nothing holy we ask ur selfs?
Are the Italian leaders willing to sell their monuments too if the price is right?
One thing is for sure and that is that the common man in both Italy and Iran finds this crawling the floors in front of the Iranian leader as disgusting at best!

Italy's rich past does not  deserve such segregation by Italy´s political leadership. 


A photoshopped image of a Roman statue
Iranians have responded with online sarcasm after Italy covered up statues to avoid their private bits being on display. 
President Hassan Rouhani was on an official visit to Rome this week. 
It's been 10 years since an Iranian president last visited the country. During the trip, he visited the Capitoline Museum, and nude statues were covered as a sign of respect to the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  Wine was also absent from the official menu, as alcoholic drinks are prohibited by Islam.
Amused by the news, many Iranians decided to laugh it off using variations of a very well-known Farsi phrase, "Islam is in danger," in their online comments. 
Some sarcastically thanked Italians for saving Islam. "To prevent Islam from being in danger, the museum's statues have been put in a box," reads one Facebook post.
"Due to the large volume of trade with Iran, it wouldn't have been surprising if Italians broke the statues all together," another Twitter user said.  
During the visit, contracts worth around €17bn ($18.4bn; £12bn) were signed between Iranian and Italian companies.

Image of a cartoon
One widely shared meme shows the already-covered-up statues blanketed by an image many Iranian internet users recognise, of an internet page that comes up when people try and access censored web pages in the country.
A photoshopped image of a statutes

One widely shared meme shows the already-covered-up statues blanketed by an image many Iranian internet users recognise, of an internet page that comes up when people try and access censored web pages in the country.

Image of Roman statue

Image of Roman statue

"As an Italian and particularly Roman citizen, I'm so embarrassed. This is shameful," says one tweet. Another says: "Covering nude statues for a foreign visitor is equivalent to... cultural suicide". 

Rouhani is currently in France, the second leg of his European visit....

A doctored image of Mona Lisa
"France is fully prepared for Rouhani's visit to museums".