If you are unsuccessful blame yourself not others
By Gari Gardner
June 26, 2002
My name is Kazem Ghasemi and I live in the UK. I changed my name to Gari Gardner,
not because I wanted to change my identity, but only because I wanted to avoid mispronunciation
by my fellows here. I have always remained a true Iranian and I have always been
proud of my nationality and cultural heritage.
When I first heard about the satellite TV stations broadcasting to Iran and Europe
I was overjoyed and awash with curiosity. But soon all the hope faded and I am a
little worried about the public culture and literature that these stations are propagating,
and its effect on our social behavior.
What I see is jealous unsuccessful TV owners targeting successful ones. They plot
against each other, use insulting words like NOGHL & NABAT. For instance they
say "MELLAT KHARIAT KARDAND KE ENGHELAB KARDAND" or "GAV VA GOOSALE
HAM EENO MIFAHMAD" and ...
I heard a lot of four-letter words on behalf of the listeners. I don't blame them
when the producers call them KHAR and provoke them with accusations and so on.
Another interesting thing is that their top MOBAREZ is a former movie actress who
was among the first who stripped in Farsi films and a third-rate singer who used
to sing the most trite songs in the history of Iranian music.
And finally what amazed me was personal problems that find their way on public broadcast.
Even so called intellectuals or quasi-literature personalities like Shahyar Ghanbari
who appear on TV and angrily scolded ZAMIN & ZAMAN at first and then said a lot
of shameful words like AHMAGH, SIGHEYEE, VATANFOROSH, and so on, against Googoosh.
Calling all the artists inside the country members of the intelligence ministry and
Don't you think that we have many reasons to be ashamed
of ourselves? Mr Ghanbari and other TV personalities, please please please for God's
sake pick up a book and read something and learn to be polite. We have been living
in a democracy for 23 years and instead of teaching the youth in Iran we should learn
from them. Nobody is responsible for your unlucky life or business. If you are unsuccessful
in life blame yourself not others.
It is interesting to hear that four or five other stations are on the way and the
business of VATAN-TRADING is quite successful. So if you are a nobody and want to
have a new life and need to make a name for yourself it is quite easy. Throw away
the past, buy a wig, a few Armani suits and change your family name to something
close to BOZORG ALGHAB and start a TV station Maybe in the next revolution you will