An Iranian actress was banned from acting and forced into exile in Dubai after she committed what the government termed an “immoral” act – not wearing the traditional head scarf ‘hijab’ in images posted on her Facebook and Instagram accounts, agencies report. Until last week, Sadaf Taherian’s Facebook posts showed her wearing the head scarf. But her latest images this week without hijab infuriated the ministry of culture to such an extent that they denounced her ‘immoral’ act, banned her from acting and even photoshopped the traditional head scarf back into the shots.
Taherian does not feel sorry about what she did. While some praised her for her bold act, most stood on the high moral ground and heaped insults on her. That pained her. Participating in a TV show Tablet on the Voice of America Persian channel, she talked to the presenter Masih Alinejad about the skin-deep morality of some of the directors she worked with. They were, she said, willing to give her any number of roles so that they could be near her for long.
She said: “It bothered me when I was acting and the director was thinking about me in any way except acting. He was only waiting for the scene to finish so he could whisper in my ear again. “They would put five or six contracts in front of me with only one condition: One month – to be with them.”
When asked why she did not refuse to wear hijab in some scenes, she said: “When I wore the hijab on camera, I did it for the love of my career and for the demand of the film.”
Taherian is hoping to rebuild her acting career in Dubai. “No, I am not afraid,” she told Alinejad. I will try to work non-stop to get to the point where those who insult me will be the ones who encourage me,” she said.
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