An Iranian government spokesman has questioned Britney Spears’ mental health after the troubled star expressed support for women’s rights protests there.
The Islamic Republic News Agency tweeted: “American singer Britney Spears was placed under guardianship of her father in 2008 because of her mental health problems” on their official twitter account.
“That gave Britney’s father control over her finances and even her personal life aspects such as pregnancy, remarriage and visits to her teenage sons,” the tweet concluded.
They also attached a photo of a separate reply to Spears’ tweet from another user who wrote “Nice talk.” Can you manage all your own money?’
They did so in response to a tweet from Spears, 40, whose 28-year-old husband is Iranian-American Sam Asghari. It read, “Me and my husband stand with the people of Iran fighting for freedom.”
Iran seemed to be trying to doubt Spears’s ability to question the unrest sweeping the country, which is led by a cabal of hard-core Islamist clerics.
Britney Spears and her husband Sam Asghari, who is Iranian-American, have expressed support for the protests in Iran to the chagrin of the country’s state-sponsored news network.
Mahsa Amini, 22, died in police custody after being detained in Tehran by Iran’s morality police who believed she was wearing her hijab too loosely, sparking mass protests
In September, Asghari posted a video to his Instagram sharing why he supported the protests in Iran.
“After 1979, the Islamic Republic regime took over and imposed its ideology, propaganda and dictatorship on the people,” said 28-year-old Asghari. “It slaughtered, murdered and stole innocent people.”
Women across Iran have protested against gender oppression following the death of Mahsa Amini.
The 22-year-old died in police custody after being arrested for allegedly violating the Muslim country’s strict morality laws, which require women to cover their hair.
The IRNA has routinely tried to blame the police and claim that Amini died of a heart attack, but her family claims she was beaten to death.
Other celebrities, including Meghan Markle, have poured their support behind the women protesting in Iran.
Markle surprisingly appeared at Spotify’s headquarters on Tuesday, speaking in support of the protests in Iran while wearing a shirt decorated with a message written in Farsi.
The Duchess of Sussex wore a shirt with Farsi words meaning ‘Women, Life, Freedom’ on the front.
Meghan Markle (center) with Archewell executive vice president of global communications Ashley Hansen (left), and President Mandana Dayani (right), both Iranian
An Iranian woman protests the death of Mahsa Amini after she was detained by vice squad, in Tehran, Saturday, October 1, 2022
Markle brought along two executive members of her organization Archewell — executive vice president of global communications Ashley Hansen and president Mandana Dayani, both Iranian women.
“As an Iranian woman fleeing her homeland to pursue these freedoms, I could not have been more grateful for the way she chooses to stand up for women around the world time and time again,” Dayani said.
The support of American celebrities comes as mountaineer Elnaz Rekabi returned to Tehran to cheering crowds after refusing to participate in a contest wearing her hijab.
While many believe Rekabi’s actions were a show of solidarity, she has tried to downplay the symbolism for fear she could be jailed for her actions.
Rekabi on Wednesday echoed an explanation previously posted on an Instagram account in her name describing her not wearing a hijab as “unintentionally.”
Rekabi (pictured in Seoul without her hijab) said she forgot to put on her hijab when preparing for a stage of the competition
The protests pose the biggest challenge to Iran’s theocracy since the mass protests surrounding the controversial 2009 presidential election
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in a meeting with a group of students in Tehran on Wednesday
The Iranian government routinely presses activists at home and abroad, often broadcasting what human rights groups describe as forced confessions on state television – the same cameras she pointed when she got home.
“We understand that she is returning to Iran, and we will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves upon her arrival,” the International Federation of Sport Climbing, which oversaw the event, said in a statement.
“It is important to emphasize that the safety of athletes is of the utmost importance to us and we support all efforts to protect a valued member of our community in this situation.”
The protests, which have seen school-age children, oil workers and others take to the streets in more than 100 cities, represent the biggest challenge to Iran’s theocracy since the mass protests surrounding the controversial 2009 presidential election.
Meanwhile, authorities have detained at least 40 journalists, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Iranian officials, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have repeatedly claimed that the country’s foreign enemies are behind the ongoing demonstrations, rather than Iranians angry over Amini’s death and the country’s other woes.
Iranians have seen their savings evaporate; the country’s currency, the rial, plummeted and Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers has been shattered.