Iran’s First Gay Movie?

Does this look gay to you?

That’s gay as in two men in a relationship, not pejorative gay.

No? Well according to an Iranian clergyman, it fairly screams gay (as in two men doing the wild thing together).

Shish va Pish” is a new comedy featuring two top-selling Iranian actors and it has caused widespread controversy.

It’s about two young male friends who want to strike it rich through ‘wild’ — and illegal — activities, like ‘western-style’ parties involving alcohol. All very taboo in Iran. Although the two actors are introduced as friends, and not gay partners, in the movie, their body gestures, show of emotions for each other and constant physical contact have been interpreted by some of the audience as two men in a gay relationship.

The stars are the extremely popular actors Mohammad Reza Golzar and Amin Hayati.

One conservative and highly influential clergyman, Ayatollah Alam ol-Hoda, in his review of the movie condemned it for “promoting Hollywood-style homosexuality.”

During the Friday Prayer Imam in the holy city of Mashhad in Eastern Iran, he dedicated his Eid Praying service — which marks the end of the Hajj Pilgrimage — to the subject of promotion of cultural corruption in the society. In his sermon, he sharply criticized government officials for even licensing the movie, which, in his view, is part of a US conspiracy to undermine the morale of the Muslim society and promote homosexuality through laughter. Though he said, “We are not opposed to the laughter and joy.”

Thanks to Hossein Alizadeh


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Picture credit: producer Morteza Shayesteh


Roberto Meritoni
Roberto Meritoni1 years ago


Julie C.
Julie C.2 years ago

Is nonHollywood-style gay ok? I have no idea. I'm glad two popular actors were willing to make this movie. Good for them.

John Duqesa
Past Member 4 years ago

stan. I did say "generally". At least you are providing respectable sources, unlike the Islamophobe Gillian.

However, many of the reports of "gay men" being executed have actually turned out to be executions of rapists of boys, such as the notorious case of the 2 youths executed (and I abhor this) a few years ago. Indeed, these youths were from an ethnic minority and there have been reports that not only were they rapists (and that seems quite sure), but it was a case of "encourager les autres" of their group.

stan b.
Stan B.4 years ago

John D. Read this article in the Independent and let me know your reaction.

John Duqesa
Past Member 4 years ago

Stan B

While I abhor capital punishment, please don't embellish the truth. These "gay men" who have been hanged were generally rapists of minors.

I can certainly tell you that if laws against homosexuality, in itself, were to be enforced, millions of men in these countries wiould meet an ignominious end.

stan b.
Stan B.4 years ago

John D. You are totally clueless about just about everything you post. I'd like to suggest a short visit to the " Zionist Entity " where you will learn the true facts about how a modern democracy tolerates people whatever their sexual orientation.
Alternatively you could go to Iran and watch a few hangings of gay people.

patrica and edw jones

John D is very good at twisting what others comment, purely for his kicks. If you kept up with the news you would realise that Gays and Lesbians are treated in the abominably in places like Iran and some African countries. Since you are not one of the enlightened ones - how could you possibly understand. There are different laws in Islam - probably depending on which 'clan' you belong to. What clan do you hail from John D.???

John Duqesa
Past Member 4 years ago


You say:--

you need to learn to understand that people condemning the Muslim ideologies that promote executing gays by the prophet's own decree, presumably handed down by the allah, does not mean hating Muslim PEOPLE

Have you not read the vitriol and hatred of "Muslims" on this thread?

As for me, I do not think that execution is ever an appropriate punishment for anyone or anything. However, the same old lies and hate sites get trotted out here by Zionist and Christian fundi Islamophobes. That is what I wish to see stop.

Gillian Miller
Gillian M.4 years ago

I sometimes find Islam confusing because there are 2 sets of laws and the over riding ones are the later versions which was when the syphylitic hedonsitic paedophile decided that it was better to be vile, aggressive and untrustworthy. There are rules relating to consentual homosexual relations with the wife's family yet there are other rules saying it's OK to have sex with animals, it's OK to rape your wife yet it is not OK to have homosexual relationships. I haven't found anything about having sex with pillows though.

Fred H.
Fred H.4 years ago

A report by on a recent action at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva says that 85 countries signed a Joint Statement entitled "Ending Acts of Violence and Related Human Rights Violations Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity."

Iran did not sign it. In fact, only one Middle Eastern country did sign it. Israel.

According to this website, which monitors gay rights in the Middle East, "In...Afghanistan, Iran, Mauretania, North Sudan, Saudi Arabia, South Somalia and Yemen homosexuality can carry the death penalty."

The good news, John D., is that your perfect record of never being truthful remains intact.