The Simpsons dolls join list of banned toys in Iran

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According to NPR, dolls of the Simpsons cartoon characters are now banned in Iran.  The Simpsons dolls join a list of other toys, such as Barbie, who are all banned because they promote Western culture.

While Barbie and the Simpsons are banned, Superman and Spiderman are still allowed because they help the oppressed, according to another article by NPR.

According to the article, Mohammad Hossein Farjoo, secretary of policymaking at the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults said to Shargh daily, “We do not want to promote this cartoon by importing the toys.”

Iran has banned books, music, toys, haircuts, fashion, movies etc in an attempt to shield Western influence from its citizens. Despite its attempts, many obtain the goods from a black market or smuggle in the goods, according to the article.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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