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Pharrell Williams Responds to Iranian Dancers' Arrests for Dancing to 'Happy'

Pharrell Williams Responds to Iranian Dancers' Arrests for Dancing to 'Happy'

Pharrell Williams and his wife Helen Lasichanh step out of 34 Restaurant after a dinner date on Wednesday (May 21) in London, England.

The day before, the 41-year-old entertainer responded to the arrests of the Iranian dancers, who posted a video on YouTube for dancing to “Happy.”

“It is beyond sad that these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness” Pharrell wrote on Facebook.

The six Iranians were arrested for making an “obscene video clip that offended the public morals and was released in cyberspace,” according to CNN. The dancers have been released on jail, but the director of the video is still in custody. Watch the video of them dancing below.


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16 Comments

# 1

Politics supposedly represents people’s ideals but they never do. It’s the ultimate false religion. Human beings everywhere share the same hope for peace and happiness . No matter what political agenda is put forward.

# 2

That fills me with deep sadness. Those are moments when I’m even more angry with all people in free countries who constantly create problems and are pissed with ridiculous things like it rains. You people don’t appreciate the lifes you have. People have everything. These kids can’t even think freely. You should have Thanksgiving day every damn day in the US!

# 3
Josephine @ 05/23/2014 at 2:43 pm

I watched the whole thing hoping I would find something truly obscene and immoral because it’d mean it wasn’t yet another example of obstruction of human rights in the XXI freaking century. These young people don’t even have a right to be happy and to have fun with their friends – how exactly did they do anything wrong is beyond me. I don’t know what can be done but something should.

# 4

The Iranian law and the people who pander to them disgust me. I don’t if any of you have read this as well: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/leila-hatami-student-group-calls-for-iranian-actress-to-be-flogged-following-cannes-kiss-9422990.html

# 5

still suffocating when I relize that oppression is still tolerated by the international community, if backed by economic power (oil in the middle east, china behind north korea, russia taking crimea)

# 6

Sad.. they’re just being young happy kids but of course then you gotta have the control freaks intervene I pray it all works out in their favor because they did absolutely nothing wrong.

# 7

Pharrell Williams should add this video as the 25th hour of the 24 hours of happy !

# 8

@jcote: i’m from iran…….it was a usual thing….we are like you…we always dancing where we want…in street……we always singing and dancing in our cars and scream and shout ….. WE ARE HAPPY…WE’RE NOT AS SAD AS WHAT YOU THING ….we always have party like you…we wear brands clothes…we are not what your countries show you………we have alot of videos like thi$ buT our men sometimes doing something silly…..

# 9

@Leticia: i’m from iran…….it was a usual thing….we are like you…we always dancing where we want…in street……we always singing and dancing in our cars and scream and shout ….. WE ARE HAPPY…WE’RE NOT AS SAD AS WHAT YOU THING ….we always have party like you…we wear brands clothes…we are not what your countries show you………we have alot of videos like thi$ buT our men sometimes doing something silly…..

@LoMo: i’m from iran…….it was a usual thing….we are like you…we always dancing where we want…in street……we always singing and dancing in our cars and scream and shout ….. WE ARE HAPPY…WE’RE NOT AS SAD AS WHAT YOU THING ….we always have party like you…we wear brands clothes…we are not what your countries show you………we have alot of videos like thi$ buT our men sometimes doing something silly…..

@Yep: i’m from iran…….it was a usual thing….we are like you…we always dancing where we want…in street……we always singing and dancing in our cars and scream and shout ….. WE ARE HAPPY…WE’RE NOT AS SAD AS WHAT YOU THING ….we always have party like you…we wear brands clothes…we are not what your countries show you………we have alot of videos like thi$ buT our men sometimes doing something silly…..

@Jesse: i’m from iran…….it was a usual thing….we are like you…we always dancing where we want…in street……we always singing and dancing in our cars and scream and shout ….. WE ARE HAPPY…WE’RE NOT AS SAD AS WHAT YOU THING ….we always have party like you…we wear brands clothes…we are not what your countries show you………we have alot of videos like thi$ buT our men sometimes doing something silly…..

@Alaia: i’m from iran…….it was a usual thing….we are like you…we always dancing where we want…in street……we always singing and dancing in our cars and scream and shout ….. WE ARE HAPPY…WE’RE NOT AS SAD AS WHAT YOU THING ….we always have party like you…we wear brands clothes…we are not what your countries show you………we have alot of videos like thi$ buT our men sometimes doing something silly………about the link that you shared……our people hate these students……….our population is more than 80.000.00…..maybe these students be 100 person….

the Iranian culture is weird there… i saw many videos of middle easterns do the “Happy” video but never heard of their arrest

im Iranian too.im sorry to hear something like this.just wanted to say don’t think about us like we are living in stone ages or thing. something like this happens but we also have a modern life that you have to see to belive.and ofcourse we(ALL OF IRANIAN) PROUD TO Leila hatami for being at cannes.

@Josephine: I kept waiting to see what immoral thing they were doing.I guess just feeling good dancing with your friends is considered immoral in some places.This is truly a sad thing.This just makes me so angry.Why do these things have to be this way? Everyone deserves to feel naturally happy and they deserve to show it the way these kids were.

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