Iran accuses Kim Kardashian of being a secret agent
Iran officials are accusing US reality TV star Kim Kardashian of being a secret agent.
According to the officials, the 35-year-old “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star is attempting to purposefully corrupt Iranian women by posting provocative selfies and snapshots.
The Organized Cyberspace Crimes Unit (OCCU) of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps claims that Kardashian is a cohort of Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom .
The aim of the “plot” is to make fashion modeling popular in Iran and lead people away from Islamic values, asserted OCCU spokesman Mostafa Alizadeh on a TV show recently, the Iranwire website reported Monday.
“Ms. Kim Kardashian is a popular fashion model so Instagram’s CEO tells her, ‘Make this native [in Iran],’” Alizadeh said. “There is no doubt that financial support is involved as well. We are taking this very seriously.”
“They are targeting young people and women,” he explained. “Foreigners are behind it because it is targeting families. These schemes originate from around the Persian Gulf and England. When you draw the operational graph, you will see that it is a foreign operation.”
According to a report from the BBC, Alizadeh declared “sterilizing popular cyberspaces is on our agenda. We carried out this plan in 2013 with Facebook, and now Instagram is the focus.”
The claim comes as Iran cracks down on local models who post pictures of themselves on Instagram. A Revolutionary Guards online operation titled “Spider 2” has over the past two years ago identified 170 alleged offenders of which 29 are to be prosecuted.
These accounts were “promoting a culture of promiscuity, weakening and rejecting the institution of family, ridiculing religious values and beliefs, promoting relationships outside moral rules, and publishing the private pictures of young women,” the Guards have said of the crackdown.
“Our aim is to teach them a lesson and make them wake up,” Babaee said. “In many cases, a warning was sufficient and we did not take legal action. Of the 29 individuals, eight have been arrested and their cases are being processed.”