The Iranian Holocaust cartoon contest: Flop, flop, fizz fizz

Looks like the Holocaust cartoon contest got more attention outside of Iran than it’s getting inside:

An exhibition of cartoons about the Holocaust, some suggesting it was fabricated or exaggerated, has been a flop in Tehran. It drew audiences of fewer than 300 a day in its first week and now, three weeks after sparking international furore when it opened, attracts just 50 people a day.

That’s good enough. But this is better:

Most of those approached in central Tehran said they had not heard of the exhibition and insisted the slaughter of six million Jews by the Nazis was a historical fact. “I’m sure the Holocaust was true – I’ve heard all about it from newspapers and television,” said a housewife from a religious family. “I don’t know why some say it didn’t happen.”

And this is best:

Officials said that the exhibition championed freedom of speech, but yesterday they closed Iran’s most popular reformist newspaper. One alleged offence was its publication of a cartoon which appeared to show President Ahmadinejad as a donkey.

They should have drawn him as a gorilla. I wonder if Cox and Forkum take requests?

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