What Jon Stewart Learned about Iran from Rosewater Movie

What Jon Stewart Learned about Iran from Rosewater Movie

Partial English Transcript:
Saman: You’ve been called anti-american,
Jon: Yes
Saman: and some people also say you are anti-Israel. Now with Rosewater coming out the Iranian regime says you’re anti-Iranian
Jon: Yeah, or a Zionist
Saman: Which to me it seems like you’re pissing off all the right governments, and you must be doing something right. So what are you exactly?
Jon: I hope that I’m a comedian and a writer that is just trying to have some sort of moral barometer in the work to expose what we think are absurdities or ridiculousness and so, you know in the Venn diagram when they’re calling you all those names, it only adds to that feeling of absurdity, so in some ways it just amplifies the work you’re doing and what you think you’re doing.
Saman: Absurdity. So in a story about Iran how do you find the truth? I mean who decides what the truth is? and how do you find it?
Jon: Well, I don’t. I mean the other thing is that I have to kind of own my inauthenticity. I’m not Iranian, so no matter what I do, for someone who lives there, this will be a simplistic and reductive version of their life, but hopefully from a western performer for a western audience it’s a more nuanced look into a country that we’ve called evil and, you know, if the dialogue between our two countries is “you’re the Axis of Evil …”, “well you’re the Great Satan”. That’s a pretty reductive conversation, so anything I do, hopefully will be a slightly more complex and nuanced version of that conversation and, hopefully, I think the film accomplishes that idea of showing that it’s not so easy to dismiss it …

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