Ep. 349 - #MeToo And The Iranian Diaspora

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Last summer, allegations of sexual misconduct were levelled against prominent Iranian-Canadian artist Aydin Aghdashloo during Iran's #MeToo moment. More than a hundred powerful and influential Iranian men were called out for allegedly committing sexual harassment and rape. Journalist Farnaz Fassihi broke the Aghdashloo story for the New York Times, and she joins Jesse to talk about the allegations, as well as the context in which Iran’s #MeToo movement is playing out. Then Soudeh Ghasemi, president of the board of the Iranian Canadian Congress, discusses why the Aghdashloo allegations have been slow to provoke a reaction in some sections of the Iranian-Canadian community.

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