Perhaps, it's only me, but to my screwy mind there seems to be something supremely ironic that so many people have been enraged by the cartoon 300. I, for one, don’t get it.
Blood pressures have been rising and boycotts have been organized in every major Iranian-American community from coast-to-coast decrying this most gross and callous injustice inflicted upon our ancient forefathers-in-animated-form. All the while, the rest of the country has been shaking its head in total bewilderment trying to comprehend our over reaction to a cartoon and at the same time trying not to burst out in laughter....as in my humble opinion they would be completely justified in doing under the circumstances. This whole 300 business is just the latest manufactured 'crisis' to hit our community. Just like many of the other created “crises” before it, everything about this latest crisis is nothing more that a bunch of blown-out-of-proportion-baloney.
I don’t understand all these people who would rather be angry, upset and indignant about a cartoon when this is the time of the year that they should be celebrating? Norooz has just ended after all! Instead of being thankful for all we've got in this country: freedom, success, money, what do many amongst us do? They rail against this frigging cartoon as if matters in the big scheme of things and try to whip the rest of us up emotionally by imploring us to join them in their rancorous rant. Is it any wonder that late night TV comedians have been having a field day watching us? Our community's reaction has, after all, looked quite comical in a Monty Pythonish sort of way as we’ve set out to make our 'Quest for the Unholy Rail.' Our petition-loving brothers and sisters haven’t done any of us any favors by raising so much hell about something so trivial. They certainly haven’t made us look dignified, well educated, or at the very least, normal. They have made every single, last one of us look like ridiculous, whining fools.
Ponder for a moment the fact that every other racial group, ethnic group, and regional group in America has been spoofed, stereotyped or made the object of tasteless satire throughout the history of cinematography. The list of groups that have been lampooned in the movies is endless. Some of the most politically incorrect movies of all-time include flicks like: Blazing Saddles. Airplane, There's Something about Mary, Caddyshack, Love and Death, Kentucy Fried Movie, American Pie I and II, Porky's, Team America: Worst Police, Song of the South, Bad Santa, and Borat. An incomplete list of those lampooned in these movies include: Japanese people, Chinese people, Koreans, Arabs, Mexicans, Armenians, Poles, the French, Jews, Christians, the mentally retarded, drug addicts, alcoholics, homosexuals, easy girls, and men with tiny weiners.
We in the Iranian American community have been spared, for the most part, up to now only because we’re a relatively new ethnic addition to the mish-mashed melting pot called American society. When the time comes that we are lampooned in the movies as savagely and hilariously as other groups in society, it will only be because our fellow citizens have fully accepted us. Knowing how we are though, we'll probably be insulted at having our Persian dignity laughed at and we'll have to churn out even more petitions. If there is any one thing that we do well, it has got to be petitions!
While we're more than happy to have a good laugh when other ethnic, racial or regional groups are being lampooned or stereotyped in some way, we get our panties in a wad when Hollywood has the audacity to portray, not real, flesh-and-blood Iranians, but animated caricatures of ancient Persians as giant, ass-kicking warriors. In my humble opinion, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. If we want to be accepted by others in American society, we've got to willing to accept that this means taking the good with the bad, just like every other segment and every other ethnicity in America does.
What our petition-pushing brethren really want is for us to be put on a pedestal above others. They are not interested in equal treatment for Iranians; they want special treatment. I could b