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Iranian Pharrel Williams Fans Arrested for Making “Happy” Video



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Apparently, Pharrell Williams‘ hit song, “Happy,” has made Iranian police authorities very unhappy. Some young Iranians have been arrested for appearing in their own version of the pop star’s “Happy” video.

 Hossein Sajedinia, Tehran’s police chief confirmed that six people had been arrested because of  “the obnoxious” video released on social media, The Guardian reports.

The video featuring the arrestees was reportedly viewed by thousands of people, however; it has now been removed from the Internet. This “controversial” video showed Pharrell’s ecstatic fans dancing and singing on the rooftops of Tehran.

Using the #freehappyiranians hashtag, many Iranians have taken to  Twitter  to demand for the release of those arrested.

Reacting to the news of his imprisoned fans, Pharrell Williams posted on his Facebook page: “It is beyond sad that these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness.”

Pharrell’s video for “Happy” has been viewed over 250 million times on YouTube and has inspired people worldwide to create their own version of the video, which shows people dancing in the street to the song.

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  1. @edDREAMZ

    May 21, 2014 at 11:59 am

    That song is the dopest song i have ever listened to this yr and i have watched it countless times on youtube and if this dudes were arrested bcos of the song, then something is fucking wrong with the iranian authorities….. *Youtube mode activated*

    • Troll

      May 21, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      BellaNaija is good oh. Ehn, I’ve noticed an improvement is your grammar and your omments even make sense now. Congrats

    • Igbeyinadun

      May 21, 2014 at 4:05 pm


  2. smizle

    May 21, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    why on earth would dey do dat…………..dat song is awesome

  3. Bleed Blue

    May 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Living in Bondage.

  4. DDD

    May 21, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    That is what naija will be soon if we don’t act

  5. iba

    May 21, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Yeah its a tough country; that one.

  6. Berry Dakara

    May 21, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    That’s just mean.

  7. Tosin

    May 21, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    lol. Happy is haram.

  8. Funmieo

    May 21, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    @ Troll- Remove the log in your eye before trying to remove the speck in another person’s eye.

  9. hi!

    May 21, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Maybe you’ve looked at it from the point of ‘dancing and singing on the ROOFTOPS’ .

  10. Iran

    May 21, 2014 at 5:57 pm

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