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Published:October 24th, 2011 12:53 EST
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Outrage: Iranian Actress Marzieh Vafamehr To Be Lashed 90 Times With Whip

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Australia has expressed concern over reports that an Iranian actress has been sentenced to jail and 90 lashes for being in a film critical of Iran.

Marzieh Vafamehr starred in the 2009 Australian film My Tehran for Sale, about an actress whose work is banned.

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Reports of her sentence appeared on an Iranian opposition website although authorities have not confirmed it."

The BBC News

If John Travolta was sentenced to 90 lashes for his rotten acting in "Battleship Earth", nobody Democrat or Republican, Muslim or infidel dog would complain.

But Vafamehr is a gifted and serious actress, and it`s an outrage that she will be harshly punished for acting in a movie that the authorities perceive as a threat to their regime.

Vafamehr stars in "My Tehran for Sale, which was made in Australia, and was never released in Iran. The film is about how artists in Iran are not allowed to speak their minds. No kidding!

Thank goodness we live in a democracy that cherishes the right of directors and actors to express their artistic freedom even if it`s contrary to the prevalent paradigm. An artist in America is free to engage in projects, even if they are inflammatory, self-indulgent, and politically-incorrect.

Lashing sentences are not uncommon in Iran, but they are rarely carried out. If the West speaks out against this inhumane sentence meted out to Vafamehr, there`s a good chance the Iranian actress may be spared from this cruel form of punishment. Hollywood and Main Street America nees to speak out against this injustice!

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