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Iranians Take to Twitter to Mock Netanyahu's 'Blue Jeans' Comment

After the Israeli Prime Minister's interview with BBC Persian last week, thousands of Iranians have taken to social media to let him know they can, and do, in fact wear denim

By: Daniel Koren
Published: October 7th, 2013 in Business » World
An image mocking Netanyahu's famous bomb sketch at last year's UNGA

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made significant efforts to appeal to the Iranian people, notably its younger generation, last week by conducting his first even interview with BBC Persian, speaking about the importance of freedom and civil rights.

"If the people of Iran were free they could wear blue jeans, listen to Western music and have free elections," he said during the interview.

Though his sentiments were certainly in the right place, his campaign has since become ridiculed in Iran, galvanizing thousands of Iranians to take to social media, twitter specifically, posting pictures of themselves wearing blue jeans, or simply mocking Netanyahu's lack or knowledge on the subject.

Naturally, the hashtags #jeans and #Iranjeans have been trending.

"Hi @netanyahu welcome to my room #IranJeans," said one user, followed by this picture:


"@netanyahu Here are my #Jeans and #Western music you idiot," wrote another, followed by this image:


"Ha ha Netanyahu doesn't know Iranians wear jeans. How does he know Iran is making nuclear bombs? #IranJeans," asked another Iranian twitter user.

Other users have made parodies of Netanyahu's famous bomb sketch at last year's United Nations General Assembly summit, replacing the animated looking bomb with a picture of....wait for it.....blue jeans.

Most simply uploaded pictures of themselves wearing denim, or of their closets chock full of denim, tagging Netanyahu in each post.

We're not quite sure where Netanyahu got his intel from, but in any event, the outpour from Iranians on twitter most likely isn't the reaction the Israeli Prime Minster was hoping for.

During his interview, Netanyahu also warned of the implications obtaining nuclear weapons would have on the freedom of Iranian people.

"If they get nuclear weapons this brutal regime will be immortal, like North Korea," he said. "It will go on repressing the people of Iran, who deserve better. They are a great people."

Not surprisingly, there don't seem to be any retweets of Netanyahu's positive sentiments on the Iranian people.

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