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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Kids say the darndest things

When I was a kid growing up in the US in the '60's, there was a television show hosted by Art Linkletter called Kids Say the Darndest Things. The reason that the show was so successful was that kids really do say the darndest things. Recently, it happened again in Tehran of all places.

A young girl called in to an Iranian television show and mentioned that her father called her stuffed monkey Ahmadinejad. Yes, the man who refers to Jews as 'monkeys and pigs' has monkeys named after him in Iran. And for good reason as the picture in the top left corner shows.
During a recent live broadcast of a popular children' show on Iranian television, one young girl surprised viewers when she related how her father called her stuffed monkey 'Ahmadinejad', the name of the Islamic Republic's president.

An Iranian news agency reported on Tuesday that, during a telephone call that took place on the show 'Uncle Fornaj', the show's host asked a young female caller whether she was good girl who obeyed her parents.

"I'm a good girl and my father bought me a doll," the girl responded, adding that the doll was stuffed monkey. "My father calls it Ahmadinejad," she said in response to the host's follow-up question.

'Uncle Fornaj' is one of the most highly-watched shows in Iran, broadcast on the country's premier state-run channel and hosted by a local children's celebrity.
In Iran, this is considered a problem. But in the rest of the world, we consider it pretty funny. Heh.

Read the whole thing.


At 8:30 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

I consider a poetic justice an anti-Semite like Ahmedinejad gets to be called an ape. Be careful what you wish for - you might just get it!

The joke is like the joke played on Haman in the Book Of Esther, which happens to be set of all places, in none other than Persia. The readers know what Haman's fate is going to be. Ahmedinejad should be aware those who curse Israel invariably come to a bad end.

FWIW, nothing in the world happens by coincidence. What you heard was G-d speaking to the ruler of Iran through the mouth of a child. I doubt he will heed the warning given.

At 11:20 AM, Blogger Findalis said...

One should send the monkey a copy of The Book of Esther. It might remind him of what happened to his ancestor when Haman took on the Jewish people.

At 5:11 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

The girls father may dissappear. I wonder if anyone can follow up on that.


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