They are actresses, comedians, singers. In support of the struggle of Iranian women for their freedom, following the death of Mahsa Amini, arrested and detained by the Iranian morality police, more than fifty French artists cut their hair in a sensational video.
To remember Mahsa Amini
On September 16, 2022, a state crime revolted Iran and the entire world. Arrested on September 13 in Tehran by the Iranian vice police for not being properly veiled, or according to the official term for “wearing inappropriate clothes”, Mahsa Amini, 22-year-old student, dies three days later. The authorities then denied any responsibility, citing a heart problem. A version quickly contradicted by a scanner of the skull of the young girl presenting a fracture, a hemorrhage and a cerebral edema. Potentially fatal injuries from repeated blows to the head.
Since then, major demonstrations have taken place in the major cities of Iran, which have been harshly repressed by the regime. The dead number in the dozens, and hundreds of women have been arrested. In protest, Iranian women of all ages and social classes publicly remove their veils, a religious symbol of social relegation and an archaic domination they no longer want. Many personalities from around the world expressed their support. In France, female artists – film actresses, actresses and singers – filmed themselves cutting their hair, in a video that quickly went viral.
Juliette Binoche, Mélanie Laurent, Isabelle Adjani and so many others
On a Farsi version of the resistance anthem Bella CiaoJuliette Binoche opens this 2mn20 video, pronouncing “For freedom” and cutting off a substantial lock of hair. Then followed Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Adjani, the singers Pomme and Angèle, Mélanie Doutey, Bérénice Bejo, Isabelle Huppert, Laure Calamy, Isabelle Carré, Anna Mouglalis, Julie Gayet…
In total, they are more than fifty to show by this gesture their support for Iranian women. If the cutting length varies from one to another, the symbol is strong. Published in particular on Twitter on Wednesday October 5 in the morning, the video already has almost 600,000 views and more than 5,000 retweets on this social network.