What Do I think About "300"?
Here is the BBC News piece on the Iranian's opinion about the movie "300". Below is my compelte answers to the reporter's questions:
Omid: The movie has a great amount of historical discrepancies and errors to the point of almost fictitious. Not only does it give the wrong outcomes to battles, it grossly misrepresents the Persians and their civilization.
It is unfortunate that very few curriculum in the US cover world history and it is very easy to misdirect the general public on historical facts. The Persians are renowned for being brave warriors with tremendous amount of chivalry and bravery whether in victory or defeat—they have always been very just (let’s not forget that Cyrus the Great drafted the first Declaration of Human Rights in 539BC, freeing thousands of Jews from slavery!)
They have never been ‘savages’ or ‘barbaric’; most often they have been in put in the position to protect their land rather be the aggressor. All the director needed to do was visit the city of Shiraz and view the ruins of Persepolis left by the others Therefore, it makes perfect sense for Iranians to be upset of the way history is being rewritten erroneously, especially at a time when there is already tremendous amount of skewed media coverage on Iran and anti-Iranian rhetoric has escalated in the US, largely fueled by ignorance and lack of proper knowledge or understanding.
The misquotes and wrong impressions given in media coverage are only exacerbated by movies such as “300”. Unfortunately, although media has the power to disseminate information, it does not mean that it always correct. What has happened to the social responsibility that Media holds?
It is never good to take action which is ill-intended; however, at times when there is limited action that can be taken, the peaceful means of ‘google bombing’ a website is solely a reflection of the level of aggression Iranians feel toward a mis-portrayal of their history, culture, and heritage.