Iran is showing its hatred for everything American by cracking down on the sale of Barbie dolls in what the Mehr news agency calls “manifestations of Western culture” that’s been going on for decades.
The Iranian police have been closing down several toy shops in Tehran and confiscating the merchandise just for being found to be selling a Barbie doll.
Islamic laws prohibit Iranian women from being seen in public not wearing anything but full body length clothes and headscarves with no make-up. The dolls that are sold wearing bathing suits or mini skirts were banned in the 1990’s for clashing with those customs.
At the time of the ban the Barbie doll was considered an American ‘Trojan Horse’ to sneak in Western influences.
The news agency quotes one law enforcement official as saying the new crackdown is a “new phase” in cracking down on Western influence. Their was a similar crackdown in 2002 but had stopped.
The crackdown on Wesern influence has been an ongoing battle with in Iran since the late 70’s, when Iran’s revelation took place, with the Islamic regime trying to stop it while younger people have grown more and more interested in Western books, movies, music, haircuts and fashion. A third of Iran’s 78 million people has been said to be under the age of 15.