Cannes: Iranian Authorities Outraged Over Actress Leila Hatami’s French Cheek Kiss

Iranian actress Leila Hatami, co-star of Asghar Farhadi ‘s 2011 Oscar winner ‘A Separation’, has become the target of outrage in her home country, after photos surfaced of her greeting Cannes Film Festival head Gilles Jacob with a kiss on the cheek, as is the French custom. Iran’s deputy culture minister, Hossein Noushabadi, accused her of maligning Iranians — especially Iranian women — with her actions and presence at the festival. Noushabadi was quoted as saying on the website of state broadcaster IRIB, “Those who attend international events should take heed of the credibility and chastity of Iranians, so that a bad image of Iranian women will not be demonstrated to the world.”

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