In his introduction to CNN host Christiane Amanpour as a guest on The Daily Show On Monday night, presenter Trevor Noah joked that when Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi abruptly canceling a scheduled interview with her last week, he “left her looking as if she were treating a ghost”.
Speaking from her home in London, Amanpour shared the reason she ultimately decided to leave the coveted interview instead of wearing a headscarf as presidential staffers are demanding. She explained that she has always had her first international sit-down with the latest Iranian president, but has never been asked to cover her hair on American soil.
“There is no law in the United States that requires journalists to wear a scarf during interviews,” she said.
When the aide first approached her to say that Raisi wanted her to wear a scarf, Amanpour said her first reaction was, “Why?” followed by, “No, I don’t have to wear a scarf.”
“As a journalist, I made an immediate journalistic decision,” she continued, snapping her fingers, “based on the principle that A, that’s not the law, and B, you’re not armed by a foreign country. government site or any government when you are trying to sit and do a pre-arranged interview”.
After the cheers died down, Noah delivered the conspicuous “moment” of the incident — amid mass protests in Iran over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody after being arrested for violating the country’s strict dress code.
Amanpour agreed that Raisi “didn’t want to see a woman’s head exposed at the same time in his country there was a street uprising” over the same issue. Then she couldn’t help but smile as she quoted Persepolis author Marjane Satrapi, who recently told her that if Iranian men are “too stiff and can’t control themselves” on women’s hair, then “maybe they should take a cold shower or go find a place to go. other”.
Finally, Amanpour compares Iran’s rules restricting how women can dress to many anti-abortion laws that went into effect after the overthrow. Roe v. Wade. “It was extremely important for us to keep an eye on it,” she said, “and in that moment, I, as a journalist or as a woman, would not wear a headscarf.”