5 Iranian Girls Detained For Dancing to Rema’s ‘Calm Down,’ He Reacts

A group of Iranian teen girls who shared a video dancing to Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ were reported to have been detained and pressured into apologizing for the act.

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The five girls were first brought in and given a warning, then called again and jailed for two days before being forced to make a coerced confession, according to a message from the Twitter account Shahrak Ekbatan.

Security forces reportedly began seeking for the five girls not long after the video, which was shot nearby Ekbatan, west of Tehran, became widely popular online, according to Fox News.

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While the video was posted on International Women’s Day, they were not wearing headscarves, which are mandatory for women in Iran.

The footage would be accepted as normal in most places across the world, but in Iran, “it’s an act of disobedience,” added Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari.

“I wonder if @heisrema knows that his song #CalmDown is the backdrop of an incredibly courageous act of defiance by young Iranian women?” It started when 5 girls danced to his music in @shahrak_ekbatan- risking persecution by a regime that has murdered women for simply protesting,” tweeted Nahayat Tizhoosh, another journalist.

Rema Reacts

Rema responded to the incident on Twitter by expressing how the girls and other Iranian women striving for a brighter future had inspired him.

He tweeted, “To all the beautiful women who are fighting for a better world, I’m inspired by you, I sing for you, and I dream with you.”

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