Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Music and Body Odor

I think this means the Ayatollah won't be participating in the 30-day music blog meme:

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said today that music is "not compatible" with the values of the Islamic republic, and should not be practised or taught in the country.

In some of the most extreme comments by a senior regime figure since the 1979 revolution, Khamenei said: "Although music is halal, promoting and teaching it is not compatible with the highest values of the sacred regime of the Islamic Republic."
I don't like the Ayatollah's blog anyway, so I am not sad about the meme. On behalf of everyday Iranians, I am distressed about the perversely joyless cultural manacles shown here.

If the Ayatollah's favorite god exists -- it doesn't, but let's run with that for a moment -- and if the Ayatollah's appraisal of music matches that god's appraisal -- who gives a shit, but again, let's run with that briefly -- then it's more clear evidence that the Ayatollah speaks for a despicable, vicious bore. Not only that, but an incompetent, despicable, vicious bore, since it created human beings with a stunning affinity for enjoying and creating music only to find the results merely endurable ("halal"), like body odor.

Really, though, that's too generous. If the Ayatollah thinks music detracts from all the genuflecting on prayer mats he prefers to see, he might be right, strictly speaking, but the better change consists in ripping up the prayer mats and using them for something worthwhile -- to dampen the sound of a bass drum, maybe.

(via Ophelia Benson)

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