Have you ever stopped to consider what other less, ahem, Western nations felt about the juggernaut that is the Kardashian/Jenner clan? Well, according to a new report from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp, we should be worried. Very worried. Apparently the Iranian agency, which aims to police domestic culture, is targeting what we in Australia like to call 'social media influencers' - and Kim Kardashian's 70.4 million Instagram followers and 45.5 million Twitter followers are a MAJOR concern.
In fact, they're so concerned with Kim K's influence on young women they're labelling her a sort of Instagram spy. In an interview published by Iran Wire, Mostafa Alizadeh, spokesman for the Organized Cyberspace Crimes Unit, blamed foreigners like Kim for "targeting young people and women" in Iran by showing them a lifestyle that does not fit with the beliefs of Islam. While it doesn't take a genius to surmise that naked selfies are kind of at odds with Islam, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp have gone one further to suggest that Kimmy is actually on Instagram's bankroll.
"Ms. Kim Kardashian is a popular fashion model so Instagram's CEO tells her, 'make this native,'" Alizadeh says. "There is no doubt that financial support is involved as well. We are taking this very seriously."
While we doubt Kim is worried about this strange turn of events, she should know that the Revolutionary Guards Corp mean business. Already they've forced a confession from Iranian actress Elham Arab, who expressed remorse for signing up to Instagram. (Her real mistake? Not wearing a hijab in her posts.) And there have also been reports of Instagram 'models' who have been arrested and had their pages shut down, with 170 people targeted and 29 up for prosecution. We're guessing Kim K won't be booking a trip to Armenia anytime soon - the country shares a border with Iran.