Googoosh released Behesht (Paradise) with a music video showing how lesbian couples can be shunned by Iranian society. She has become one of the most prominent Iranian to speak out against homophobia.
However, gaystarnews.com reported that a number of homophobic news outlets denounced the singer as ‘anti-Iranian’. Enghelab News described her as a sell-out aiming to spread ‘decadence in Iranian society’ and Khabar Online branded it an ‘obscene’ video promoting ‘hideous acts.’
The lesbian couple in the video are played by two Iranian actors.
Told from the perspective of one of the women, the couple are only revealed to be gay at the last minute.
“The end of this road is not clear, I know this, just like you do,’ sings Googoosh. ‘Don’t tell me to stop loving, You can’t do that and I can’t either.”
Gay rights activists, on the other hand, have celebrated the video as ‘unprecedented’ and ‘unique.’
“While Googoosh is not queer herself, we have to applaud and appreciate what she has done for gay rights in Iran,” a spokesman for the Iranian Queer Organization said in the gaystarnews.com report.
“Celebrities supporting the LGBT community can support dialogue and end discrimination in this country. We welcome and encourage other artists to do the same,” it said.
In Iran, homosexuality is illegal and can be punishable by death or lifetime imprisonment.
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