Women in Iran cut their hair, to protest the death of Mahsa Amini, 22 after she was assaulted by the country’s vice squad for not wearing her hijab properly. Today, a mural of famous cartoon character Marge Simpson cutting her hair appeared in Milan, Italy, expressing solidarity with Iranian women, SBS News reported.
The mural shows Marge holding scissors in her left hand and her signature blue hair cut in her right hand. In the mural painted by Italian artist AleXsandro Palombo, Marge is frowning. According to SBS, Palombo made the artwork in front of the Iranian consulate in Milan to “celebrate the courage” of women against the government.
A mural created by street artist AleXsandro Palombo shows Marge Simpson cutting off her signature hair in solidarity with Mahsa Amini.
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Palombo was quoted as saying by Metro UK, “The anti-regime mural in Tehran depicts Marge Simpson cutting off her iconic hairstyle to celebrate the courage of Iranian women and pay tribute to Mahsa Amini who was beaten to death by the morality police for not having correctly worn the hijab which lets out a lock of hair.
Notably, The Simpsons toys have been banned in Iran since 2012 to curb the promotion of Western culture to children, according to the SBS report.
Palombo told Metro UK: “If Marge Simpson is banned from entering Iran, there is nothing stopping her from expressing her dissent against the regime in front of the Iranian consulate, here we live in a democracy, this universal value of the right to freedom for which the brave Iranian people are fighting at the cost of their lives.
Since Amini’s death on September 16, Iran has seen numerous protests, with women cutting their hair, burning state-mandated headscarves, suing school officials, and more. Additionally, the recent disappearance and death of a 17-year-old girl, Nika Shahkarami, in Tehran has also caused an uproar on Iranian social media. During the protests, Shahkarami disappeared one night last month and after being missing for a week, her body was found on a street in Tehran. Although her relatives have not received official word regarding her death, several activists claim she died in police custody, according to a report by The Associated Press.