Army Military Academy’s mass wedding to a Ford Mustang shocks Iranians
A mass wedding ceremony at an Iranian army ground forces military academy has sparked a barrage of criticism over the use of a flower-adorned red Ford Mustang as a wedding car.
Photos of the mass weeding of at least 100 couples at the Imam Ali Officers University went viral on Wednesday by Iranian social media users who were shocked that the cadets chanting “Death to America” during their daily training get married in one of the most iconic American cars.
While many resent the hypocrisy, most people scoff at the combination of a red Ford Mustang with a white chador, outer garment or open coat worn by Muslim women.
While Iranian authorities, especially military officials, never waste an opportunity to criticize the use of American brands, many of them and their family members pay large sums of money to use the lavish products.
Earlier in the year, a selfie of Qasem Soleimani’s daughter holding the latest iPhone 13 was picked up by Iranian social media users who started reposting it to argue that the phone the former Quds (Quds) Force commander’s daughter is using to demand retaliation for the US is an iPhone .
Collective marriages, which appeared in Iran in the 1990s, are promoted by the authorities to encourage marriage among young people, who are especially hesitant about the cost of holding a wedding ceremony. Their costs are usually covered by various government institutions, with the Office of the Representative of the Supreme Leader for Universities being one of the major funders.