Iran, Culture

Iran vs. Barbie: Khamenei declares toys a "cultural invasion" to be stopped

Despite efforts at clampdowns, though, toys and other western items continue to make their way into the theocratic state.

Toys a "cultural invasion" to be stopped. Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. (Photo: Khamenei.ir, CC BY 4.0)

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has reportedly declared toys to be a "cultural invasion" which do not conform to Iranian culture and contain western influence, according to Iran International English.

Khamenei reportedly continues to worry about the influence of western toys despite crackdowns leading to half the usual number of them entering the country - including Barbies, which have been blacklisted.

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