The manager of Tehran’s Lotus Cinema was fired after a prominent actress attended an event there without a mandatory hijab, local media report.
Iranian social media users widely praised Pantea Bahram for appearing at the premiere of the last episode of the popular TV series Lion's Skin on April 19 without head covering.
"The manager of Lotus Cinema was dismissed due to the scandals created during the screening of the final episode of Lion's Skin,” Mehr news agency quoted a deputy director at Cinema Organization of Iran, which is affiliated with the culture ministry as saying on April 20.
All women in Iran must conceal their hair with a headscarf and wear loose fitting trousers under their coats while in public.
But a growing number of women have appeared in public without a hijab since 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September 2022, triggering nationwide protests demanding more freedoms and women’s rights. Amini had been arrested for allegedly wearing a headscarf improperly.
Some defiant women were arrested or summoned by the authorities, while many businesses were shut down due to the failure of owners or managers to observe hijab rules.
Many Iranian artists and celebrities have voiced support for the women-led protest movement and criticized the authorities’ brutal clampdown on dissent. Some of them have been arrested, summoned or banned, with Islamic Republic officials accusing them of "fanning the flames of the riots." The minister of culture imposed a ban on women artists who removed their hijabs in public.