As Iran's athletes prepare for the Olympic games, the team's uniform has come under public scrutiny. After the uniform was unveiled, complaints flooded in that it looked hastily designed or like a poorly done school uniform. One popular Iranian presenter even noted that the outfit bore similarities to an eraser.
A new designer was then brought in to modify the design. But Iranian social media users still weren't impressed. For many, the choice is now between a uniform that looks like an eraser or one that looks like pizza.
The video below sums up social media responses to the original blue-and-orange uniform's design. The clip begins with images of the flags of brutal militant group ISIS, and the narrator states:
Daesh [ISIS] has claimed responsibility for the design of Iran's Olympic uniform.
The narration continues with quotes from social media users.
The uniforms aren't even as well designed as school uniforms… I wouldn't even wear it to go to the corner store and buy yogurt…They are not even suitable for sharing on the “wall of caring.”
The video makes reference to a popular Instagram post by Iranian comic presenter Rambod Javan, in which he displayed the uniform next to a Pelikan eraser. The result? Well, you can see for yourself:
Following the overall disdain for the drab uniform, a new designer, Kamran Bakhtiary, was tasked with sprucing up the outfit, and the revamped version was announced on Twitter by the Iranian Olympic committee:
لباسهای کاروان #المپیک بر تن #احسان_روزبهانی و #مهسا_جاور pic.twitter.com/wUG1HzRJo0
— Iran Olympic (@Olympic_ir) July 28, 2016
The Olympic uniform worn by #Ehsan_Rouzbahni and #Mahsa_Javar.
But the new design is facing criticism too. Iranian satirist Kioomars Marzban likened the new uniform to Italian food:
از #لباس جدید #المپیک رونمایی شد | حالا پیتزا چی میل دارید؟ pic.twitter.com/3C91MJMLJX
— Kioomars Marzban (@kiamarzban) July 28, 2016
The new Olympic uniform has been revealed | Now what kind of pizza are you in the mood for?
Instagram user lady_ati asked followers to select their preferred uniform, as imagined on child-like cartoon figures:
The original designer, Mahnaz Armin, finally broke her silence on the “misuse” of her design. Instagram user enaytialireza posted a screen capture of her comment.
In it, Armin claims that the Olympic Committee destroyed her design to cut costs. She writes that the project was taken from her and given to a young and inexperienced designer. Armin's account appears to have been taken offline since then.
Finally, Twitter user @Aghajoon lampooned the new design in his tweet featuring a baby dressed as a watermelon.
#کامران_بختیاری نوشت که #لباس_المپیک اصلاح شده. طرح جدید اینه. دیگه کسی ایراد نگیره که آرامش ورزشکارا به هم نخوره. pic.twitter.com/RC9DaBq2YT
— آلِن (@Aghaajoon) July 28, 2016
#Kamran_Bakhtiary announced that the Olympic uniform has been modified. Here is the new design. So no one complain — we don't want to upset our athletes
For more on this story, check out IranWire and the BBC. And for more in-depth coverage on the 2016 Summer Games from Global Voices, read our special coverage page: Joy, Disappointment and Injustice at the Rio Olympics.
The uniforms are fine..its a sporting competition not a fashion show..they should be offended by the regime and its ridiculous oppression rather than the outfits.. A persian girl just won olympic tabletennis..good people distracted by cheesehead regime
Is it weird that I actually like the design?
I personally think that making fun of the team uniforms is one of the best parts of the opening ceremony. It doesn’t matter if you like them or not…
There are some other beautiful designings! But the last one is fine and I’m okay with that!
Hope to see iranian lions get good results.