Tehran. Iranian state broadcaster IRIB regional director was fired after negligently letting Jackie Chan’s sex scene go through tough censorship rules, local media reported on Monday.
Viewers on the Iranian island of Kish were shocked when their local TV channel showed that a martial arts star has sex with a prostitute in one of his films.
This is far beyond the usual limits in Iran, where men and women are not even allowed to shake hands on the screen.
One report said that the film was the Shinjuku Incident of 2009, in which a naked Chan appears briefly on the screen.
There was a quick response after the viewer posted a clip on the Internet.
“There were clips on social networks with immoral scenes from the film featuring Jackie Chan, who apparently showed Kish IRIB,” the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
“These scenes, which are in complete contradiction with the principles of IRIB, ultimately led to the dismissal and reprimand of some IRIB employees in Kish,” he said, adding that IRIB's General Director Kish entered it.
There were some angry answers from some Iranians, indicating that no one was shot dead due to a fatal bus crash that killed 10 students at Tehran University Azad last week.
“Buses turn over, planes crash, ships sink … no one gets fired … For a few seconds, Jackie Chan makes love on IRIB, and all the staff in this section are fired right away,” one Twitter user wrote.
IRIB TV presenter Reza Rashidpur joked in her morning talk show that the dispute could have been avoided if there was a signature on IRIB stating that Chen was married to an actress playing a prostitute.
Last week he was referring to a program in which IRIB added a signature that said that the couple holding their hands on the screen were married in real life.