Flooding my Twitter trail and buzzing in my ears is all this noise about Iran. From celebratory photos of Tehran's streets following the news of a historic nuclear deal to fearful anti-Iran speech to cultural icebreakers like Shahs of Sunset -there is an effort to show the world the "real" image of Iran.
Today, we are at crossroads, not only in American politics but in American minds, of our view of Iran. Do we forgive the transgressions of the past and forget the chants of Death bestowed upon the Great Satan, whose citizen were marched on television blindfolded and branded spies; or do we refuse to see a population that is consistently asking for less Islam in their government and more freedoms akin to the democracy we implement here at home?
For Persians, NoRooz is our strongest point of pride. It is the moment that brings us all together, from various religions and social beliefs to economic realities and ideological tendencies, we all see the moment that Winter turns to Spring, as the moment that we reclaim our common Persian heritage.
When family members and others first implored me to write a piece denouncing "Shahs," I resisted. There was little to say, I told them, that hadn't been said by countless other Iranian-Americans at media outlets large and small. The show trades on stereotypes like a cheap trick, sure, but isn't that the case with all reality television?