Pharrell Speaks Out Against Arrest Of Iranian “Happy” Video Dancers
Pharrell took to Facebook this week to condemn the arrest of six young Iranians who were imprisoned for dancing to his song “Happy” in a YouTube video.
“It is beyond sad that these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness,” wrote Williams.
The three men and three women were jailed for helping make what was deemed an “obscene video clip that offended the public morals and was released in cyberspace,” according to the Iranian Student News Agency.
The arrests sparked the hashtag #FreeHappyIranians to go viral.
According to the International Campaign for Human Rights, the six people have been freed, although the video’s director has yet to be released.
One of the dancers, Reihane Taravati, took to her Instagram account on Wednesday to let the world know that she was freed.
“Hi I’m back thank you @pharrell and everyone who cared about us love you all so much and missed you so much,” she wrote.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani joined the cause on Wednesday and tweeted a previous quotation of his: “‘#Happiness is our people’s right. We shouldn’t be too hard on behaviors caused by joy.’ 29/6/2013”
Check out the “Happy” dancers’ video below!
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