Islamic Republic of Iran deports singer: authorities were afraid she might try to sing

You can see from her wearing of the hijab and niqab that Joss Stone was ready to be accommodating, and she didn’t plan to sing anyway, but none of that mattered.

“Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious.” — Ayatollah Khomeini

“Iran DEPORTS Joss Stone because authorities were terrified she might try to sing: Pop star says she was booted out of the country in Instagram video,” by Ryan Fahey, Mailonline, July 4, 2019:

Soul singer Joss Stone says she was ‘detained’ and ‘deported’ by Iranian authorities after they blacklisted her, fearing that she might perform a public show which is illegal for females in the country.

The ‘Soul Sessions’ artist had arrived in the Islamic Republic as part of a worldwide concert tour, though she didn’t plan to perform there.

Posting on Instagram, Stone appears in a video wearing a white headscarf saying: ‘Well, we got to Iran, we got detained and then we got deported.’

She told her fans that while she knew it was illegal to perform, she still wanted to see Iran.

She described the authorities that met her on arrival at Iran’s Kish Island as professional throughout their interaction.

‘These people are genuinely nice kind people that felt bad that they couldn’t override the system,’ she wrote in a caption.

Under Iranian law, women cannot perform solo concerts, though women do play in ensemble bands and orchestras.

It’s unclear what Stone planned to otherwise do in Iran, though her Instagram post described her desire to show ‘the positives of our globe.’

Iranian newspapers reported Stone’s Instagram comments on Thursday, though there was no immediate government comment on her claims….

She has also visited Saudi Arabia where she ran into criticism from her fans for supporting the decision to wear the Niqab – a full face covering veil worn by some Muslim women.

She told her fans that ‘The women here are strong and exercising their choice to be free, wear what they want and do what they want,’ she wrote on her Instagram.

Her opinions were met with uproar from fans, with one saying: ‘The niqab is not a symbol of a free, powerful woman, it is one of oppression. Western liberal progressives and feminists are falsely portraying it as something beautiful and powerful.’…

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