Bad Touch: Iranian President In Trouble For Consoling Grieving Mother

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, commonly known for not being nice, is now in trouble for being too nice.

Ahmadinejad was photographed touching hands and cheeks with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s mother after he died last week, consoling her over what must be a terrible loss.  This did not sit well with the clerics, as the New York Times reports:

To Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s critics in the West, the image of him clasping hands with the grief-stricken mother of Hugo Chávez at her son’s funeral last week in Caracas might have seemed like a rare glimpse of a firebrand politician’s softer side. But the clerics who rule Iran saw something very different: proof that the Islamic Republic’s official representative had flouted that nation’s absolute ban on physical contact between unrelated men and women.

Unfortunately for even the president of the country, physical contact between the sexes is illegal unless the woman is drowning or is in need of medical attention.  Death to Ahmadinejad then, I suppose.

Perhaps the most grievous crime that he committed, however, is not the physical contact, but rather the emotional one.  Mohammad Taghi Rahbar, the Friday prayer leader in Isfahan, sternly told the Mehr news service (via The Week)

Hugging or expressing emotions is improper for the dignity of the president of a country like the Islamic Republic of Iran.


I have been told that Iran is usually full of warm and friendly people. Just saying.


Photo Credit: Miraflores Palace


Hugo Chavez Exhibit to Go on Permanent Display

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Hugo Chavez, a man who liked the Yankees, died this week.

His country of Venezuela plans to honor him in the creepiest way possible, by putting his rapidly decomposing corpse on permanent display, like that ex-girlfriend that made a hair doll out of what she could find on your bathroom floor after you told her you were afraid she was probably going to murder you someday and you realized that you had to get out right then and there or enter a witness protection-style program forever.

They’ll probably try to preserve the body in the way the Soviets preserved Lenin.  He looks like he’s made of wax.


Read more at the AP.

Photo Credit: cc-by Valter Campanato – Agencia Brasil