18.1.12

The Iron Sheik or perhaps the Iran Sheik...





The Iron Sheik, portrayed by a Iranian Hossein Khosrow Vaziri, felt that after the 1979 revolution, the better choice in terms of acceptance in the US would be to portray an Arab.  His character was wildly successful in the United States, and embodied a sense of Orientalism that has been under evaluated. For an entire generation children and young adults from the 1980's and early 1990's looked toward the Iron Sheik as  the singular visual representation of a Middle Eastern man. With a quick search I found one can  purchase his clothing online

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