Christiane Amanpour Refused to Wear Head Scarf for Iran's President

  

Category:  News & Politics

Via:  perrie-halpern  •  2 months ago  •  32 comments

By:   Lloyd Lee (Business Insider)

Christiane Amanpour Refused to Wear Head Scarf for Iran's President
CNN international anchor Christiane Amanpour declined to interview Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Wednesday after refusing to wear a head scarf.

S E E D E D   C O N T E N T


632cc4fa7fbdcc0018f6c568?width=700 Christiane Amanpour in Beverly Hills, California, on July 30, 2018. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP top-left.svgbottom-right.svg Redeem now

  • CNN's Christiane Amanpour walked away from a long-anticipated interview with Iran's president.
  • The anchor "politely declined" to wear a head scarf since the interview took place on US soil.
  • Her decision follows a history of women journalists declining to wear the clothing for interviews.

Sign up for our newsletter to get the news, trends and strategies that advertising and media pros want to know — delivered weekly to your inbox. LoadingSomething is loading. Email address By clicking 'Sign up', you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

CNN's chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour walked away from a rare and highly-anticipated interview with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Wednesday after she declined to wear a head scarf.

Amanpour's decision came amid ongoing protests in Iran over the death of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody after she was arrested on suspicion of breaking hijab rules.

—Christiane Amanpour (@amanpour) September 22, 2022

On Twitter, Amanpour said that Raisi was late to the interview in New York and received a last-minute request to wear a head scarf from one of the president's aides.

"40 minutes after the interview had been due to start, an aide came over. The president, he said, was suggesting I wear a headscarf, because it's the holy months of Muharram and Safa," Amanpour tweeted on Thursday. "I politely declined. We are in New York, where there is no law or tradition regarding headscarves. I pointed out that no previous Iranian president has required this when I have interviewed them outside Iran."

The president's aide said that the interview "would not happen if I did not wear a head scarf" and that the piece of clothing was a "matter of respect," Amanpour wrote.

Raisi, who spoke at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, did not directly address the issue of headscarves but previously stated that he had contacted Amini's family, amid ongoing demonstrations over the death of the young woman.

"Your daughter is like my own daughter, and I feel that this incident happened to one of my loved ones," he said.

Amanpour's case is not the first time a reporter declined to wear clothing that is compulsory for women in Iran.

In 1979, the late Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, who was known for her unflinching interviews with world leaders, met with Iran's Ayatollah Imam Khomeini, during the height of the revolution. The interview was published in the New York Times that year.

When the reporter arrived at Khomeini's home in a chador, a long piece of cloth that leaves only the face exposed, Fallaci immediately began questioning some of the Ayatollah's actions, from the crackdown of scrutinizing newspapers to summary executions, according to a New Yorker profile of the journalist, titled "Agitator."

Fallaci soon asked the Ayatollah about the clothing for women: "Tell me, why do you force them to hide themselves, all bundled up under these uncomfortable and absurd garments, making it hard to work and move about?"

Khomeini replied: "The women who contributed to the revolution were, and are, women with the Islamic dress, not elegant women all made up like you, who go around all uncovered, dragging behind them a tail of men. The coquettes who put on makeup and go into the street showing off their necks, their hair, their shapes, did not fight against the Shah. They never did anything good, not those."

In a follow-up question, Fallaci, almost insubordinately asked, "By the way, how do you swim in a chador?"

Khomeini snapped and said, "This is none of your business. Our customs are none of your business. If you do not like Islamic dress you are not obliged to wear it."

"That's very kind of you, Imam. And since you said so, I'm going to take off this stupid, medieval rag right now," Fallaci said.

In an email to The New Yorker, Fallaci said that Khomeini "acted offended" and left the interview at that point.

"I had to wait for 24 hours (or 48?) to see him again and conclude the interview," she wrote to the magazine.

When she was able to return, Khomeini's son Ahmed said that his father was still upset and advised not to mention the word, chador. But the journalist remained defiant. She immediately returned to the subject with Khomeini as the tape recorder went back on, according to The New Yorker.

"First he looked at me in astonishment," Fallaci told the magazine. "Total astonishment. Then his lips moved in a shadow of a smile. Then the shadow of a smile became a real smile. And finally it became a laugh. He laughed, yes. And, when the interview was over, Ahmed whispered to me, 'Believe me, I never saw my father laugh. I think you are the only person in this world who made him laugh.'"

Sign up for notifications from Insider! Stay up to date with what you want to know. Subscribe to push notifications Deal iconAn icon in the shape of a lightning bolt.

Keep reading


Tags

jrDiscussion - desc
[]
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
1  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

When in Rome do as the Romans do, unless you're a total asshole like the Iranian president. 

 
 
 
TᵢG
Professor Principal
2  TᵢG    2 months ago
The anchor "politely declined" to wear a head scarf since the interview took place on US soil.

Rightly so.   Ebrahim Raisi is unfortunately free to engage in his misogynistic practices in Iran but he certainly does not have the right to expand those outside of his domain.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Principal
3  sandy-2021492    2 months ago

Good for her.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
3.1  devangelical  replied to  sandy-2021492 @3    2 months ago

gee, a theocracy dictating to women what to do with their own bodies... 

that sounds so familiar...

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
4  Vic Eldred    2 months ago

She was without a doubt a courageous reporter during the crisis in Bosnia, which was her finest hour.

Unfortunately one can be brave & principled while holding some flawed beliefs.

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
4.1  Hallux  replied to  Vic Eldred @4    2 months ago
          Unfortunately ... ?

Fortunately!

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
4.1.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Hallux @4.1    2 months ago

Is that your defense of the misguided?

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
4.1.2  Hallux  replied to  Vic Eldred @4.1.1    2 months ago
Is that your defense of the misguided?

Are you claiming that you have never been on the wrong track? [removed]

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
4.1.3  Vic Eldred  replied to  Hallux @4.1.2    2 months ago
Are you claiming that you have never been on the wrong track?

I'm not the topic here. [removed]

 
 
 
bugsy
Professor Participates
4.1.4  bugsy  replied to  Hallux @4.1.2    2 months ago
Trumpian of you

Some just can't help it on a seed that has absolutely nothing to do with Trump.

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
4.1.5  Hallux  replied to  bugsy @4.1.4    2 months ago

Get used to it, his name has become a byword for much that ails the psyche of the nation. [removed]

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
PhD Quiet
4.1.6  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Hallux @4.1.5    2 months ago
Sorry that the mention of the name triggers you so. Not!

The ACTUAL TDS is evident in his defenders/supporters as even they are sick of the LYING POS

 
 
 
bugsy
Professor Participates
4.1.7  bugsy  replied to  Hallux @4.1.5    2 months ago
his name has become a byword for much that ails the psyche of the nation

If it bothers you so much, then I recommend you stop using it in seeds that have nothing whatsoever to do with the seed.

Maybe you will feel better for it.

 
 
 
bugsy
Professor Participates
4.1.8  bugsy  replied to  igknorantzrulz @4.1.6    2 months ago
The ACTUAL TDS is evident in his defenders/supporters as even they are sick of the LYING POS

Sorry but it wasn't conservatives who searched for, and still do today, safe spaces when the name is simply mentioned.    

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
Professor Guide
4.2  Thrawn 31  replied to  Vic Eldred @4    2 months ago

What the fuck was misguided here?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
4.2.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Thrawn 31 @4.2    2 months ago

Here?

Christiane Amanpour has views that go beyond Iran.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
4.2.2  Kavika   replied to  Vic Eldred @4.2.1    2 months ago

So she has views that are opposed to your views, perhaps yours are the ones misguided.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
4.2.3  Vic Eldred  replied to  Kavika @4.2.2    2 months ago

Ya, Kavika, it's just a different world view/ S

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
4.2.4  Kavika   replied to  Vic Eldred @4.2.3    2 months ago

Good to know that you have misguided views. 

Carry on

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
4.2.5  Vic Eldred  replied to  Kavika @4.2.4    2 months ago

It's always best to personalize it./ S

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
4.2.6  Kavika   replied to  Vic Eldred @4.2.5    2 months ago

Just stating a fact. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
4.2.7  Vic Eldred  replied to  Kavika @4.2.6    2 months ago

You are trolling

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
4.2.8  Kavika   replied to  Vic Eldred @4.2.7    2 months ago
You are trolling

Just responding to your comments. 

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
4.2.9  Hallux  replied to  Kavika @4.2.8    2 months ago

[removed]

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
4.2.10  Vic Eldred  replied to  Kavika @4.2.8    2 months ago

[Deleted]

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
4.2.11  Kavika   replied to  Vic Eldred @4.2.10    2 months ago

[Deleted]

Interesting that you quoted one of the great liberals of our time, since on many occasions you've stated that the left is evil...

 
 
 
bbl-1
Professor Quiet
4.3  bbl-1  replied to  Vic Eldred @4    2 months ago

[removed]

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
5  Kavika     2 months ago

Good on Christiane. Raisi has a lot to worry about with the street battles taking place in Iran over the killing of a Kurdish women and here is another women telling him to ''piss off''.

 
 
 
magicschoolbusdropout
Sophomore Principal
6  magicschoolbusdropout    2 months ago

"The president, he said, was suggesting I wear a headscarf, because it's the holy months of Muharram and Safa," 

Why would "our President" have a "Need" suggest that to someone in this country ?

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
Professor Guide
7  Thrawn 31    2 months ago

Good. If that was a demand for an interview then fuck him.

 
 
 
bbl-1
Professor Quiet
8  bbl-1    2 months ago

Would have been better had Amanpour agreed to take the scarf then proceeded to strangle the sob with it.

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
Junior Expert
8.1  al Jizzerror  replied to  bbl-1 @8    2 months ago

jrSmiley_12_smiley_image.gif

 
 

Who is online





Nerm_L
Tacos!
Sean Treacy


20 visitors