Bad Barbie

IRAN’S TOP prosecutor has said that imports of Barbie dolls and other Western toys will have destructive cultural and social consequences the country.

Iran’s conservative clerical establishment often rails against the perceived dangers of US-inspired culture and consumerism, branding it Westoxication.

“The appearance of personalities such as Barbie, Batman, Spiderman and Harry Potter and computer games and  films are all a danger warning to the officials in the cultural arena,” said Prosecutor General Ghorban Ali Dori Najafabadi in a letter to Vice President Parviz Davoudi published in the Mardom Salari daily newspaper.

He accused importers of concentrating on profits at the expense of cultural values.