Tehran police arrested six young Iranians after they performed a cover version of Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy”. “It is a vulgar clip that hurts the feelings of the public”, said Iranian police chief. Internet users in Iran were enraged and the singer himself didn’t remain indifferent
Is happiness forbidden in Iran? Tehran police arrested six youngsters after they published online a cover version of Pharrell Williams’ Internet hit song – “Happy”. The clip shows three men and three women singing and dancing to the song – that was covered by people all over the world.
Tehran police chief said that: “After a vulgar clip that hurt the feelings of the public was published online, the police decided to identify the people behind it”. “Following intelligence reports and a police operation, coordinated with the courts, all the suspects were identified and arrested”, said the police chief, and added that the suspects: “confessed to their crimes”.
Singer Pharrell Williams commented on the arrests of the young Iranians: “It is more than sad that these kids were arrested for trying to spread some joy”. Iranian Internet users expressed their anger on Twitter and wrote that: “Iran is a country where it is a crime to be happy”.