Iran, the radical, sharia law supporting, soon-to-be nuclear, Islamic country is typically not known for its freedom. Whether it be press freedom, freedom of speech, or any type of freedom for women, Iran is not having it. According to the Inquisitr, the Simpsons fell into the crosshairs of the supreme leader of Iran, and they become a ban unto themselves.
Though there are many parents who might not object to such a ban, the Islamic Republic of Iran put a ban on something far more unusual. According to the Independent, the Devil’s haircut is not welcome in Iran, much to the chagrin of musical performer Beck. Iranian authorities have sighted spiky hair and tattoos as a sign of devil worship, therefore they have instituted a ban on the increasingly popular styles.
Iran’s “conservatives” population also supports the ban, but believes the stylistic movement is too western, and feels it violates the “Islamic system’s regulations”. The Guardian reports that the head of Iranian barbers’ union supports the ban as well, but also states that any shop that cuts any of Iran’s citizens hair into the devil’s doo will have their licenses revoked.
“Devil-worshiping hairstyles are forbidden. Any shop that cuts hair in the devil worshiping style will be harshly dealt with and their license revoked. Tattoos, solarium treatments and plucking eyebrows [for men] are also forbidden.”
The subject of the ban was so compelling that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also weighed in, and added that the haircut of Lucifer was also that of a homosexual’s.
“Haircuts that show symbols or signs of devil worshipers or those adopted by homosexuals are banned. I won’t allow such wrongful western styles as long as I’m in this position.”
Along with the new rules regarding the devil’s haircut and homosexual haircut bans, Iran also instituted a ban on eyebrow plucking and men’s access to tanning beds. The plucking and tanning are under the same sweeping ban. As stated earlier, Iran is a place that has become well-known for its bans. In recent years, vasectomies, access to birth control literature, and a ban on women’s access to men’s sporting events are among the other well-known bans.
Barber and hairdresser unions are separated by gender, but one would assume the ban applies to both equally, most likely. Though, it has been reported that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated that the police’s job was not to “enforce Islam”, but the law. However, Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi stated that all individuals who live in Iran are required to enforce Islam.