A former Iranian minister has been subject to ridicule online after he shared a photoshopped photo of legendary Lebanese singer Fairuz’s home with images of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and slain Iranian general Qassem Soleimani framed on the wall.
The original photo was taken on Monday during French President Emmanuel Macron visit to Fairuz’s home near Beirut. The two were photographed in front of a wall decorated with paintings of Fairuz and Christian religious figures.
Ataollah Mohajerani, who served as Iran’s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance from 1997 to 2000, praised Fairuz on Twitter by sharing a photoshopped image of her meeting with Macron, where the original photos on the wall in the singer’s home were replaced with images of Nasrallah, Soleimani, and founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, among others.
Mohajerani later deleted the tweet, but insisted that Fairuz supports the Iran-backed Hezbollah and its leader Nasrallah.
Despite living in exile in London, Mohajerani is a staunch supporter of the Iranian regime and its foreign policy.
Mocking Mohajerani, one Iranian user tweeted the image of Fairuz’s meeting with Macron with a picture of an Iranian opposition figure photoshopped on the wall.
Another user tweeted the same image but with a picture of Mohajerani himself photoshopped in captioned: “Let's see what Mohajerani says when he sees this.”
ببینم مهاجرانی اینو ببینه چی میگه!😈 pic.twitter.com/4J30i1OHVo— Ehsan.M (@emmedia2) September 3, 2020
Others pointed to the “hypocrisy” in Mohajerani praising a female singer, given the restrictions imposed on female singers and performers in Iran by the clerical regime that Mohajerani supports.