November 29, 2011

Iran British Embassy Attack Meets Quentin Tarantino


So, how weird a scene is this from today’s storming of the British Embassy by Iranian “students?” Given the worldwide protests we’ve been seeing for months filled with robo-cops, civilians in gas masks and cardboard commentary across the spectrum, this certainly takes those visuals to the next level of “post-modern.”

On the one hand, I can see how the brandishing of this “Pulp Fiction” souvenir might represent, to the fundamentalists, the perfect symbol of Western depravity. To the extent the movie was also a disjointed and stylishly jarring mash-up of references to previous gangster films and film noir, however, the attack on the British Embassy by a nuke-determined Iran battling external sanctions while Ahmadinejad bangs it out with the Mullahs, might, at the same time, makes this spectacle just as weirdly equivalent a derivative of the American Embassy take-over in ’79.

(h/t: @JimMacMillan. photo: FarsNews/Getty Images caption: A man holds a poster featuring American actors John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in a scene from the film ‘Pulp Fiction’ following a break in at the British Embassy during an anti-British demonstration in the Iranian capital on November 29, 2011 in Tehran, Iran. Relations between the two countries have soured further over recent weeks, with the UK Treasury imposing sanctions on Iranian banks, accusing them of supporting the country’s nuclear programme. The Iranian authorities insist that its nuclear plans are for peaceful purposes only and parliament has voted to downgrade diplomatic relations with the UK.)

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