This just in. Iran is insulted by the American movie “300” and is officially complaining about disparaging depictions of Persians at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C.
And this from a country that still owes us an apology for holding American embassy employees hostage and threatening them with mock executions in 1979-80.
Maybe Hollywood would ante up if Iran would formally acknowledge that hostage-taking is always poor form and in the scheme of things much more offensive than unflattering movies. And then apologize.
Absent that, Iran can just make do with all those bootleg DVDs that young Persians will still watch — decadent and evil stereotypes notwithstanding.