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Too Spicy for TV

21 Jul 2011 23:06Comments

[ spotlight ] The creators of SpicyJihad.com probably didn't need the many taboos of the Islamic Republic to be broken before taking on its officials and -- more controversially -- religion. But according to a collection of videos posted on their website, their first feature didn't appear until one month after the widely disputed June 2009 presidential election.

The duo apparently behind the sketches and parodies identify themselves as Bahram Kour and Jhadagar Ali. And they are equal opportunity offenders. No one is spared. (So click through with caution: there is cartoon violence and some distasteful scenes as well.) Among the more tame, The God Fathers features the usual suspects. Mir Hossein Mousavi is not a favorite either, and he's unfavorably depicted as he issues his latest statement or takes part in a presidential debate in "the first free election in Iran." The Green Movement is further ridiculed in a parody of exiled film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf on a talk show. Iranian Americans, L.A. pop stars, talebs, and intel agents alike are the target of infomercials and movie trailers. And there's a grab bag for the monarchists, too: Reza Pahlavi has his own solution to the rift between Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. And how about a history lesson from his father, the late Shah?

In their latest series, Noble Bastards, a cartoon character with an uncanny resemblance to Henry Kissinger produces a TV reality show in which a gang of the "righteous" -- you'll recognize the Western leaders -- make over countries. In order to keep the show on air (and maybe snatch an Emmy) our ruthless producer tries to gain access to a hostile country that resembles...you guessed it.

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