Reactions to April Fool's
article on Iran-U.S. relations
(Updated April 28, 1997)
Each (*) represents a comment from a different person. Comments on top are more recent. None are from the editor.
* This was a seriously brilliant joke and you deserve a big hand of applause. I read a criticism on iranian.com from some nut case saying that some people are actually relying and hoping for this type of scenario to come true. Well I suppose if you want theocratic dictatorial and murderous rulers to remain in occupied Persia then you should be hoping for friendly dialogue with the US, but if you want your country returned to you then you should be hoping for something closer to WW3 with the US, whereby we can at least start afresh, as Japan and Germany did barely 50 years ago, and rose to conquer the world.
For 2000 years humanity has been savaged by the ilk of the theocrat, and for that same length of time humanity has managed to survive at every step, whilst the theocrat was slaughtered by the very sword with which they prayed.
The length of time we can never tell, but the great thing is that some day and in some way, this collection of mutated scum in occupied Persia will eventually GO - just like all good and bad things in life eventually GO!
* I thought your April fools day joke was in poor taste. I guess because most of us wanted it to be true. I'm still upset....
* I became dramatically disappointed about THE IRANIAN. I will not trust any news from you from now on. It was the worst thing you could do in a public medium.
* You got me all excited for nothing. I wish it was not a joke.
* Oh man, very funny. U got me. Thank god there are people in the Persian community with a sense of humor.
* I have to agree with our friend's comment about the april fool's day joke. I am very disappointed and angry. Your are supposed to be a journalist not a gossip columnist.
* I support the idea to share these discussions with department of State, 60 minutes and even cspan. Though I'm sure negotiations between two countries already started, these kind of info could results in an earlier "open to public" negotiation. By the way I didn't like the April's fool joke of yours but hey look what you have done! so I guess we can compromise!!!
* I think your April fool's day bulletin was good. It was a stimulis for the Iranian community to think about and discuss the current state of events. The dialogue you have created is much needed as it is uncensored and energetic. Keep up the innovative good work.
* I have to say that this was a really bad April Fool's joke. I read the article and I was pleased at the possibility of the start of peace talks between Iran and the U.S. Peace between Iran and the U.S. is a major point of concern for many, many people and I feel you were out of line to joke around with such an important matter. April's fools jokes are supposed to be fun and light--hearted. This joke certainly was neither. Next time, you should think harder about the subject matter, before publicizing your "joke" to so many people. I'm sure that a lot of people will be disappointed to find out that there was no truth in your article, whatsoever.
* I really enjoyed the humour in your April Fools article. However, I think it wasn't very appropriate to send it through the Iranian Bulletin. I consider the Iranian Bulletin as a very unique and dependable source of (Iranian- related) news, and in my opinion, it would be much better if it's not distorted by such jokes. Sending such an article through the Iranian Bulletin is almost as bizarre as publishing the article in TIME magazine.
Also, I know there are people on your mailing list who are not that familiar with American traditions such as April Fools' Day. I don't think it was fair to send this article to a mailing list with probably many Iranians who could not see the point of the joke. I know a few people who were really disturbed by this.
In any case, thanks for your wonderful work on THE IRANIAN.
* You suck... I thought this was for real... I hate you... I can't believe you... April Fool's... Jesus Christ...
* Yes, definitely I think Iran and USA must sit and talk about different issues concerning both countries. I have been in USA for 20 yrs and I love this country like my country Iran. I hope these two countries one day become good friends and support each other.
* Hi. I laughed after i figured out it was especially written for April 1, 1997. Though it sparked some hope within me until I read the gift part. It gave it away. Naughty, naughty!
* I LOVED IT. IT CRACKED ME UP. I wish it was true too.!!!!!!!!!!!!!
* The above comments were actually from my wife.
But I saw her letter, and I have to agree with her. I enjoyed the joke, actually, but not the execution of it. If it had just been on the Iranian site, that would be one thing. But the e-mail bulletin was, I think, in poor taste. It got my wife's hopes up, for one - after Mike Wallace's recent interview, it was actually believable that the US and Iran might start some sort of negotiation. I have to admit that I was surprised to think it might happen so fast, but I believed it, too. My wife's mother is visiting relatives in Iran right now, and she could hardly wait to tell her about the new developments.
The full article itself was fairly amusing. But part of what makes a good April Fool's joke, in my opinion, is having someone believe something that (in retrospect) they should have seen was a joke. The article qualifies as this, but the e-mail bulletin was presented as straight news.
There's not much challenge in getting people to believe something presented that way - it's as if the radio news broadcast led off with a story that, say, a member of Clinton's cabinet had resigned. "Well," I'd think, "fancy that. Wonder who it is?" I'd think that way because it's entirely possible that such a thing could happen - unexpected, but certainly possible. And it is the news, after all. . .if at the end of the broadcast, they said "Ha! April Fool's! No one resigned!", I wouldn't find it all that amusing or worthwhile - it hardly qualifies as being "fooled."
The same applies to your e-mail. It's no accomplishment to fool people
with it. Now, if everyone had immediately gone straight to the URL and
read the article, that would have at least caused less confusion. But I
didn't (and I suspect many people didn't) - I went off to tell my wife
the good news. And then I had to watch her when she found out it was a
* This is in response to all those individuals who got so upset about
the joke.Personally I thought it was ok. People, get a grip! We all love
Iran but some of us don't bother to learn and get to know Iran's build
up of political system's attitude toward the US. otherwise they would not
get upset at the joke. Commm on! Iranian cabinet members in the picture
with their thumbs up for the White House? Enough said.
* I really really really hope this is not an April Fools joke, so here I go to the web to find out!
* Until today i looked to your paper as a source of iranian news. I
will no longer beleive anything you say. I printed out your column to show
my husband, at first he did not beleive it. I assured him that you had
a reputal paper and would not joke about something so serious. My husband
has been waiting for this for a long time no i have to tell him that it
was only a sick joke. Thank you for playing with our emotions like that.
I still can not beleive you could do something so sick.
* THE IRANIAN Satire Section