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Iranian American Entertainers Speaking Out
Middle East | Posted by: Zahir Janmohamed, July 29, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Many Iranian Americans have turned to the arts as a
means of critiquing the status quo both in Iran and the
US. Among them is actor and stand-up comedian Maz
Jobrani, an Iranian American and former “Axis of Evil”
comedy troupe.
He has been touring with the troupe since 2005; his routine
surrounding Iran, racial profiling, and being Muslim in America. His act is so
popular that he has appeared on shows ranging from the Colbert Report to The
Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Last week, Jobrani also voiced his support for upholding human rights in Iran and urged his viewers to attend the Global Day of Action for Iran.
“Over the last few weeks, we have watched elements within the Iranian regime react with brutality to people who seek to have a voice in their
own government,” he said. “Many have been imprisoned and tortured. Some stand to be executed. We cannot simply stand by.”

Nazanin Boniadi is an Iranian born actress who has appeared on the soap opera General Hospital as well as the films Charlie Wilson’s War
and Iron Man. When she’s not on set, Boniadi works alongside Amnesty International as an official spokesperson for disenfranchised
populations across the world. She has been increasingly involved with Iranian youth and women, bringing attention to many of their unjust
convictions and treatments in detainment. Last year, Boniadi wrote a heartfelt entry on Amnesty’s blog about the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights.