Tehran has long tried to stamp out American pop culture, but it seems happy to let Iranians watch “House of Cards.”
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Iran's government has long tried to keep out American pop culture, but it seems happy to let Iranians watch the backstabbing, deceitful machinations of fictional U.S. politician Frank Underwood in "House of Cards". Iran's hard-liners point to the show and say: This is what America is really like.Nearly 40 years on, Iranian hard-liners still portray the United States as the "Great Satan," hatching conspiracies involving everyone from Israel's Mossad spy agency to Daesh (ISIS) – in other words, as the Frank Underwood of the Middle East.Iranian television previously broadcast the British series that inspired the show.It's also unclear what deal, if any, Iran struck with the show's producers. Iran and the U.S. have no official agreements on copyright protection, and Netflix is not available in Iran.
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