Michelle Obama image altered by Iranian news agency

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Michelle Obama's appearance at the Oscars, left, was altered to add sleeves and a higher-cut dress, right, by an Iranian news agency. (Photo: FoxNews.com)

Michelle Obama's appearance at the Oscars, left, was altered to add sleeves and a higher-cut dress, right, by an Iranian news agency. (Photo: FoxNews.com)

Here in the U.S., Michelle Obama’s wardrobe isn’t exactly considered risqué. But apparently her gown for the Oscars was too revealing for viewers in Iran.

Fars News, a network in Iran, edited the First Lady’s dress in a story about her Academy Awards appearance posted on their website, according to FoxNews.com. In the photo, her silver Naeem Khan dress appears with sleeves and a high neckline.

In the article, Fars News states that Obama handed out the best picture award to “the anti-Iranian film ‘Argo.’”

Iranian officials have repeatedly criticized the Ben Affleck film, which has not been screened in any Iranian theaters.

Despite that ban, many Iranians have seen the movie. In downtown Tehran, bootleg DVDs of “Argo” sell for about 30,000 rials, or less than $1.

Iranian Culture Minister Mohammad Hosseini said, “The movie is an anti-Iran film. It is not a valuable film from the artistic point of view. It won the prize by resorting to extended advertisement and investment,” he said, according to the official IRNA news agency.
He said Hollywood has “distorted history” as part of what Iranian officials call a “soft war” of cultural influence in Iran.

Iran’s state TV called the movie “an advertisement for the CIA.”

The semiofficial Mehr news agency called the Oscar “politically motivated,” citing the First Lady’s presentation of the award.

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