Pornstar’s Unlikely Visit to Iran: A Lecture on Modesty for the Regime’s Victims

American porn actress Whitney Wright, an outspoken Palestinian supporter since the beginning of the Israel-Hamas war, recently visited Tehran. During her visit, Wright reportedly made comments blaming the safety risks women in Iran are exposed to on political dissidents for not obeying Iran’s modesty laws, according to numerous media reports and social media posts made by American-Iranian activist and journalist Masih Alinejad. Wright, on a post featuring a photograph of herself in modest clothing at the now-abandoned US embassy in Iran, wrote, “If you respect the law, you will be safe in Iran.” She also visited a museum in Iran, sharing exhibits that are never seen, stating this was not an endorsement of the government. However, she also posted a picture of former IRGC-QF commander Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were both killed in a US drone strike. In addition, Wright reportedly criticized Iranian authorities for not installing any picture of Palestinian “revolutionaries” like Ghassan Kanafani or PLFP terrorists George Habash and Leila Khaled. In response to the comment, Alinejad posted, “Iranian women don’t want to obey a discriminatory law. Rosa Parks stood up against racist laws in America and became a symbol of resistance. We the women of Iran want be like Rosa Parks and not Whitney Wright. And by the way, the true warmongers is the agents of the Islamic Republic who will execute you if you be true to yourself.” AP News reported that while Wright confidently filmed herself traveling through the capital city, her work in pornography is considered a crime in Iran that can carry the death sentence. As a US citizen, Wright would have had to receive permission to visit Iran. Despite this, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani said he had no information on Wright, according to AP. Iranian state media Tasnim News quoted someone apparently familiar with the incident, who said Wright “had not been invited by any organization and traveled to Tehran on her own after obtaining a visa.” “The visa issuance system was unaware of the indecent nature of her work, and she has now left Iran,” the report said. The US State Department told AP in a statement that it has warned Americans to avoid travel to Iran and “exercise increased caution due to the risk of wrongful detention.” “The Islamic Republic of Iran is a primary driver of instability across the Middle East region, and it has been since 1979,” the State Department said. “If Iran actually cared about peace and stability in the Middle East region or the welfare of the people there, it would cease its support for terrorist organizations.” The Iranian regime has reportedly killed numerous women who did not meet the country’s standards, one of whom being Mahsa Amini. The situation was also commented on by Iranian actress Setareh Pesiani, who was quoted by AP as having said, “You [The Iranian regime] punish people of this country in various methods for removal of hijab, but you allow a porn actress to come here for tourism!?”