Mahlagha Jaberi, an Iranian-born model, is causing controversy online after she wore an outfit that resembled a noose to draw attention to a spate of executions in Iran. Mahlagha Jaberi protested executions in Iran on Friday at the Cannes Film Festival in France by donning a revealing outfit with a neckline that resembled a noose. A video that Jaberi, 33, "[d]edicated to the people of Iran" was posted on her Instagram after she made an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival. She posted the footage with the hashtag "#StopExecutionsInIran." Anti-Hijab Protest: Iran Executes Three Men Over Deadly Violence During Last Year’s Anti-Government Protests.
Human Rights Watch recently stated that the sharp uptick in executions by the Iranian government in recent weeks is a grave violation of the right to life and should be met with international criticism. Iran executed at least 192 people, including 8 women, between January 1 and May 5, 2023, most of them for drug-related crimes, including murder.
Iran has recently carried out several hanging killings of civilians despite protests from the Biden administration and a warning to "not carry out these executions." According to the Norway-based Iran Human Rights group, the nation has executed at least 90 people in the past 18 days, making May the "bloodiest month" in the country in the previous five years.
Journalists, political analysts, and government officials are divided and are either praising or criticising the model for her protest video as her film and costume choice become viral online. Leftist columnist Yashar Ali criticised Jaberi over the video, calling it "disgraceful." Michael Doran, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, claimed that Jaberi's attire was an "eye-catching" demonstration of "protest."
Iranian Model Mahlagha Jaberi, in Noose Dress (View Pics)
As innocent Iranians are being executed, @MahlaghaJaberi thought it would be a good idea to wear a dress that has a noose sown into it and then film a seductive video using a song that has become an anthem for protestors.
Absolutely disgraceful all around.
And then to end the… pic.twitter.com/0gbbxk3GP5
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 29, 2023
Here's How Internet Reacted:
Iranian-born model Mahlagha Jaberi arrived to Cannes Film Festival wearing a dress that resembled a noose - to draw attention to awful executions taking place in Iran.
More than 200 people were executed in Iran this year alone.
Another brave woman. Maybe if women were the… pic.twitter.com/K3znZya8o0
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) May 28, 2023
— linda (@itgirlenergy) May 26, 2023
— Jonathan Harounoff (@JonathanHaroun1) May 30, 2023
Stop the executions: Mahlagha Jaberi walked the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival in a dress with a gallows neckline
In this way, the actress and model of Iranian origin showed solidarity with the people of Iran in the fight against the horrific series of executions,… pic.twitter.com/dgJnWpkp9z
— ✙ Albina Fella ✙ 🇺🇦🇬🇧🇫🇷🇩🇪🇵🇱🇺🇸🇨🇦🇦🇺 (@albafella1) May 28, 2023
So sah der hintere Teil des Kleides von Mahlagha Jaberi aus - aber da bei den Filmfestspielen in Cannes keine politischen Statements erlaubt sind, hinderte die Security das iranischstämmige Model daran, diesen Teil des Kleides zu zeigen, schreibt Jaberi auf Instagram. pic.twitter.com/SOB6hOI1yO
— Gilda Sahebi (@GildaSahebi) May 30, 2023
Anton Gerashchenko, a consultant to the Ukrainian minister of internal affairs, claimed in a written statement that Jaberi's attire demonstrated her "brave." Some people declared they "stand" with her. Following the criticism, Jaberi gave a clarification and wrote on Instagram: “My dress designed by @jilaatelier. We wanted to make a fashion statement to observe the glamour of Cannes, but more importantly, to bring media attention to the wrongful executions of Iranian people. Unfortunately, political statements are not allowed at the film festival and the security stopped me from showing the back of my dress, but the ‘noose’ meaning was well understood.”
(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on May 31, 2023 12:21 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website latestly.com).