As Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinjad hits the United Nations to spread his message about the elimination of Israel and “uncivilized Zionists,” Twitterers have been gripped by a pressing question. Why doesn’t that dude ever wear a tie while trying to incite genocide?
When will @piersmorgan ask Ahmadinejad why he has no tie?
— andrew kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) September 25, 2012
— alenwex (@iAlen) September 25, 2012
Has Ahmadinejad ever worn a tie? #UNGA
— Jonathan Arias (@jonathanoarias) September 26, 2012
Whats with #ahmadinejad? No one will lend him a tie?
— Chip Peters (@CAPJR100) September 26, 2012
(obligatory Ahmadinejad lack of tie tweet)
— Jon Kimball (@jonkimball) September 26, 2012
Every day in Iran is casual Friday. RT @thefix: Does Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not own a tie? I mean, seriously.
— Ryan Andrew Clarke (@RyanAClarke) September 26, 2012
As it turns out, it’s not that he’s going for the Don Johnson circa “Miami Vice” look.
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) September 26, 2012
According to the BBC, it’s that he wouldn’t be caught dead in such a decadent, un-Islamic symbol of oppressive Western Christianity.
[T]hey contribute to the spreading of western culture, according to the website of the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khameini.
The practice stems from the 1979 Islamic revolution when the monarchy was overthrown and a unique Islamic republic was declared, in which religious clerics – headed by Ayatollah Khomeini – wielded ultimate political control.
Neckties – and bowties – were said to be decadent, un-Islamic and viewed as “symbols of the Cross” and the oppressive West.
So now A’jad’s fellow haters of all things Western have a new excuse for why every day is genocidal couture day. Up twinkles!