October 4, 2003
* Let's have some positive karma
Helloooooooooooooooo! What's up with
this article? Next time Mr. Baniameri [Sick
and tired], you are better saving our time
and taking some Prozac!
Do you insist
on bringing yourself and those around you down with such negative nonsensical
words? I hate to sound clicheish but you should try seeing the glass
Let's have some positive karma peeeeeeeeeeeeeellease!
A Proud Iranian-American!
* Getting crabbier. I love it.
Siamack Baniameri is getting crabbier and crankier with every article
he writes [Sick
and tired]. Gore Vidal could learn a lesson or two; Lewis Black
(from Back in Black on the Daily Show) can hone his craft
reading Mr. Baniameri's columns. I love it.
* Failing and improving
I read the article by Siamack Baniameri titled "Sick
and I have few comments with regard to several things mentioned in
1) I agree that a person can decide to recognize him/herself as being
either American, Iranian, etc. However, I do not think one can say
just because a person is born in Iran or America for example, they
recognize themselvles as Iranian or American. Suppose a child who
is born in Germany while his/her parents were staying there and before
they move back to Iran or immigrate to the U.S. That child grows
and goes to school and socializes just like any other child in the
country that she/he grows up. He/she cannot speak a word in German
and cannot relate to that culture and society at all. She/he may
as well be a legal German citizen. Does it mean she/he recognizes himeself/herself
as German? The same is true for a kid who is just born in Iran but
spend all his/her life in the U.S, or a kid who was born in the U.S
but grow up in Iran.
2) I completely understand your frustration from
elderly taking money from U.S government without contributing anything.
However, their point of view may be different and they may think
they have already contributed a higher price for what they are getting
They may see U.S government as a country who took advantage of Iran
for oill and caused/causes the war and all its economical problems
in countries like Iran. They may think their kids are contributing
a lot to the U.S society and they gave their kids, the result of
all their efforts through life, to this country, and thus may feel
are entitled to that little money after all they have been through
their life and for what their kids are countributing to this society.
I am not saying it is right, just passing another point of view.
3) Iranians may not yet be good in politics, law, etc. But does it
mean that we should not try to establish ourselves and make our voices
heard as a large community who is living in this society? We definitely
have some of the best engineers, scientists, physicians, and buisness
men in this country. Their history started somewhere with someone
trying, and I think starting and failing and improving are part of
of getting good at something. It is easy to give up but then we cannot
expect to be recognized and heard as much as we would like to in
a land we chose as our home.
* Persian: Almost a fashion statement
amen to siamack! [Sick
and tired] finally someone said it. i TOO am SICK AND TIRED
of iranians going around calling themselves "persian". these
sell-outs have reduced their culture and nationality to something of
a fad, almost a fashion statement, in order to appease the mostly imagined
prejudices of other people.
if these iranians are so fucking ashamed
to say that they're from IRAN and that they're IRANIAN, then they should
go bury their fucking heads in the sand or throw themselves off the
nearest balcony. because if you're ashamed of your very identity and
culture, then frankly in my opinion life isn't worth living.
even a so-called charity organization out in maryland called "Children
of Persia" which supposedly aims to raise money for kids in iran. "Persia???" i
mean, get a fucking life you losers.
the ultimate irony is that most americans that i know and who know
that i'm iranian actually make fun of iranians who call themselves "persian".
iranians who have become "persian" supposedly are trying
to deflect attention away from "iran", which they see as
negative, and onto "persia/persian", which they see as positive.
these pathetic sell-out iranians don't realize, because they can't
get it thru their thick greasy skulls, is that by using the correct
name for your identity, the real or imagined negative image of
iran and iranians will fade away once they see that you're a normal
person, rather than someone who fits their stereotypes.
* Sick and tired of those who are sick and tired
I'm also sick and
tired, and do you want to know why?
I'm sick and tired of those who are sick and tired of the "iranian" car
dealers in Southern California but still go back to them. [Sick
I'm sick and tired of those who are sick and tired of the
are (at least) trying to speak another language, in this case "Parsi".
I'm sick of those who think the only requirement for producing
football team is a bunch of un-employed people.
I'm sick and tired of those who don't know "Iranian-American" is
not a "
man-dar-aavardi" terminology but something that already
existed in the
literature (take for example, "African-American").
I'm sick and tired of those who do not know US is the land
individualism" and expect all musicians to produce "top-40" hits.
sick and tired of those don't want to consider that there may
be a catch
to singing the same old songs.
I'm sick and tired of those who are constantly "sick and
tired", yet, do
not seek medical advice.
I'm sick and tired of the rest of the things that some are
tired of, but, I'm also sick and tired of being sick and
that's right, let's move on ... in the respective directions
* Iranian-American, I mean Persian, fan!
Damet garm. One of your best writings so far. Kheili khosham oomad.
Keep on keeping on buddy!
Your Iranian-American, I mean Persian, fan!
* Right in some areas
Response to "Sick
Hold your horses! He is right in some areas!
Farideh Fatima Nejat
* Omid on "Whoopi" badly failing
Iranians have this new excitement with a proud glare in their eyes
now that they see Omid Djalili on "Whoopi" [See
have received countless emails, links, telephone calls, and have been
involved in so many conversations about this new American phenomenon
and don't really understand why.
Has everyone really looked at the content of this show? I have known of
the guy way before he was starring in this sitcom. He's
a good friend of a good friend of mine. They went to school in
First of all, I thought my friend told me that he was born in Iran
and moved to UK. If you have watched the show, his actions and words
contradict him constantly. He keeps repeating that he is "Persian". What
the hell is Persian besides rugs and cats? I thought we were
Iranians. In the next sentence he makes a reference to "towel-head
dictionary!" Do especially Iranians consider Iranians
All the references he makes about "bomb-making" and being
an expert of it, are Iranians expert bomb makers or have been involved
in any terrorist activities outside of Iran, ever?
Lastly, how many Iranian "handy-men" do you know who do what "Nasim" does
in NY? How many Iranians, not "Persians" do you know
named "Nasim"? If his intent, as he claims in an interview with Public Broadcasting,
is to broaden American understanding of Iranians and ability to distinguish
them from the 'Arab' world, he's badly failing.
I have seen Omid
in many movies and performances. I have never
seen him so contradictory and confusing. He even confuses me
sometimes and I know him, well, not personally. I just don't know
if Omid could be funny without those stereotypical ignorant hints
in this show or not. Seen him act and do standup,
I think he can.
It just seems like I have worked so long and so hard, trying to make
Americans, who don't think there is a world outside of US, understand
about Iran and Iranians. I feel like what I have built in the
years of my stay in the US was destroyed with the action of 19 morons on September
11th and I have to start all over again. I sure don't need this
Omid guy making it even more difficult.
I was listening to KIRN, the Iranian voice from Southern California
the other day. They were talking about the lack of mention of Iranian literature,
arts, history, and civilization in any European or American books, museums, or
cultural references. Will this show help? Will Omid ever mention
that the first Bill of Human Rights was carved on stone by an
Iranian King, before there was paper? Or will he make stupid, 3rd grade
non-funny jokes about Middle Eastern, while he passes himself as an Iranian,
oh sorry, 'Persian'?
You know, I wish if they were to blow up planes, they fill them up with leaflets
of history of the region. Maybe Americans will bend over and pick one up
to read about us for God's sake, just read. But then again where
are they going to find the books? In their libraries filled with 200 years
of American history and ignorance of thousands years of other
What I see is a clear "selling one's soul to the devil" sort of thing. The
price he has chosen to pay for fame and fortune, even if it comes at the expense
of more dumb Americans confusing us with Arabs. I think this is going to
hurt the situation of confusion and not help it.
kabab with Omid in Manhattan
I saw Omid Djalili again for the first time since the late 70s. I remember
him to be a shy teenager. Omid's family lived in the UK all his life. The
late Mrs. Djalili was a wonderfully jovial and hospitable lady who
saw to it that all of us, hungry-for-home-cooked-Persian-food students
living away from Iran, were well fed, when visiting London on school holidays.
Djalili home was always full of guests from Iran that ran the gamut with
every colourful type of Iranian. I guess Omid the sponge
picked it all up, because I don't think he has spent a day of his life
in Iran. Still although he can converse in Persian, (rather shyly)- his
humour really come through when speaking English.
In Britain he is a
well liked and respected personality, earning him the reputation as the thinking
man's comedian.His appearance in a number of quality Hollywood mega
hits seem to have given him the necessary on screen experience.
kabab in Manhattan the other night we heard from Omid, about the complexities
of working with writers who know next to nothing about the Iranian
character Omid is playing, and how Omid has been able to gain the respect
of the writers and the producers of the show, including Whoopi who have
come to pay special attention to Omid's talent as a writer and international
That point was highlighted in a LA times article, where he also
made it clear,that "what I do not want to do is to put my people in
a bad light. To me lines that are off limits are anything that puts
my people and culture in a bad light. I am very conscious that the character
be painted in a way that reinforces negative stereotypes.".
As many have voiced, Omid Djalili's appearance on the American sit-com
scene is surely to create a more positive effect on not just
how people perceive Iranians, but hopefully through comedy highlight
the absurdity of
rampant stereotyping in America.
* 15 minutes to 15 years of fame
wait a minute everybody... even you my fellow Iranian . Let's get
off our high horse and just enjoy the [Previous
letter on Omid Djalili on "Whoopi"] show for what it is for and don't take life too seroiusly.
What have we done
for us lately that now we have expectations from Mr. Djalili to make us
Iranians look better
else? AM I RIGHT?
We want to be looked at positively by
the rest of the world.. Let's pull up our sleeves and actually grab
hand instead just seeing ourseleves time after time.
BRAVOOOOO MR. DJALILI. Enjoy
your 15 minutes of fame which I hope it turns into 15 years and just
do your thing. you don't owe us Iranians anything and you have no responsibility
toward anybody, just toward yourself.
* Come on now!
What gives you the idea that girls who live in Iran
want to leave Iran therefore they would marry anybody?
up] That's a myth. It is not true. I am a very educated
man, neither ugly nor old. I went to Iran. Met two
girls through family and friends. Both of them wanted
to marry men who lived in Iran, and were not
interested in leaving Iran at all. Come on now!
Living abroad is hard, a lot of people in Iran know
that. Take a look at the pictures of the Iranian
girls from the inside and outside of Iran posted on
the Internet. The girl from the inside looks younger
or about her age. However, the girl from the outside
often looks older than her age. What does that tell
you? She is not having an easy time here. Stress !!
* Old feministic BS
This article is a joke [Beat
this]. It is a very old feministic BS. At least
see the new feministic literature. No one gain from this stereotyping.
* Anxiously waiting
I would like to first of all thank
you for your very unique, informative, entertaining and varsitile site.
I sipmly love your site.
I loved reading Awi's
Diaries every week, but you've seem to
have stopped it for 2 weeks now. I was wondering if you could put it
back on again, because I am anxiously waiting to read the rest of her
I have similar experience to hers and that's why I can
totally relate to her story.
but also most idiotic
OK... All I want to know is, who's idea was it to put the article
I'm not a Muslim" on the Iranian.com website... The
guy that wrote that has to be the most ignorant mongol I have ever
come across... This is just what we need...
An idiot like
him saying that Osama is the real Islam... you guys should seriously
think before you put stupid shit like that on your site... Like
I always say... Iranians can be the smartest people in the world,
but they can also be the most idiotic people as well...
I hope I
get to talk to the guy that wrote that article one day... On
second thought, it would probably just be a big waste of
letters (October 4, 2003)