A cantora inglesa Joss Stone afirmou ter sido detida e deportada do Irã nesta terça-feira 3 por meio do Instagram. Segundo relatou, as autoridades iranianas acreditavam que a artista faria um show público no território, o que é proibido a mulheres por lei. O país islâmico era a última parada da turnê Total Tour, cujo objetivo era visitar todos os países do mundo.
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So , our very last country on the list was Iran . We were aware there couldn’t be a public concert as I am a woman and that is illegal in this country. Personally I don’t fancy going to an Iranian prison nor am I trying to change the politics of the countries I visit nor do I wish to put other people in danger. However, it seems the authority’s don’t believe we wouldn’t be playing a public show so they have popped us on what they call the ‘black list ‘ as we found out when we turned up to the immigration hall. After long discussions with the most friendly charming and welcoming immigration people the decision was made to detain us for the night and to deport us in the morning. Of course I was gutted. So close yet so far, this moment broke a little piece of my heart. Then I realised the silver lining was bright. I told them my story and explained my mission, to bring good feeling with what I have to give and show those who want to look, the positives of our globe. All with the understanding that public performance wasn’t an option in this scenario. I still have to walk forward towards that goal some way some how. And of course music is my driver. Doesn’t mean we have to brake any laws though. There is music everywhere. Even here, we just have to play by there rules and they have to believe we will. It’s a trust thing. They were so kind to us, at one point I started to question it. The question whirled around my head, were they just luring is into a false sense of security so we would walk into our jail cells quietly with out a drama? Nope , these people are genuinely nice kind people that felt bad that they couldn’t over ride the system. They didn’t speak English so well so the translator Mohamed, who clearly had a lovely soul conveyed the message that they hoped we would go to embassy to sort it all out and come back, they were refusing us entry with a heavy heart and were so sorry. After Mo had left, the officers kept telling us sorry. They said sorry all the way through this process and kept saying this till we got on the plane they were sending us away on. We were the ones that should have been apologising for not having our correct paper work. The ball
“Nós estávamos cientes de que não poderia haver um show, visto que eu sou uma mulher e isso é ilegal nesse país”, escreveu na legenda da publicação. “Pessoalmente, eu não desejo ir a uma prisão iraniana ou estou tentando mudar a política dos países que visito tampouco quero colocar outras pessoas em perigo. Contudo, parece que as autoridades não acreditaram que nós não iríamos fazer um show público, então fomos colocados na ‘lista negra’ deles.”
A cantora afirmou que depois de “longas discussões” com os agentes de imigração, foi decidido que ela e sua equipe ficariam detidos até a manhã seguinte, quando foram deportados. “Tão perto e ao mesmo tempo tão longe. Esse momento quebrou um pedacinho do meu coração”, acrescentou.
No Irã, as mulheres não podem se apresentar sozinhas em público, com exceção das cantoras de ópera. Além disso, as apresentações feitas no território são controladas rigidamente – todos os artistas que desejam cantar publicamente devem preencher um formulário, enviado diretamente ao ministro da Cultura.