Pelo visto o Irã está “comprando briga” com tudo mundo nestes dias – até mesmo com Joss Stone. Em um vídeo que postou nessa quarta-feira em sua conta no Instagram, a cantora britânica relata que foi deportada de lá assim que aterrissou em um aeroporto local apenas para fazer uma conexão rumo a outro destino. Na estrada desde 2014 com a turnê global “Total World Tour”, Stone fez seu último show no dia 29 de maio, no Sudão do Sul, e não tinha nenhuma apresentação programada no país do sudoeste asiático, onde performances de artistas femininas são proibidas por lei.
Esse, aliás, teria sido o motivo da deportação dela. “Eles me colocaram em uma ‘lista negra’ de viajantes porque acharam que eu me apresentaria em público”, contou a intérprete de “Right to Be Wrong” no videozinho. Apesar do impasse – que ocorreu na Ilha Kish, no nordeste do Golfo Pérsico -, Stone garantiu que foi tratada profissionalmente pelas autoridades que a interpelaram.
A Ilha Kish é uma zona econômica livre aberta a turistas de todas as nacionalidades, mas pode ser particularmente perigosa para aqueles vindos do Ocidente, sobretudo do hemisfério norte: o agente da CIA Robert Levinson esteve no território iraniano em 2007, em missão especial para a agência americana, e desde então nunca mais foi visto. Em Washington, no entanto, a suspeita é que ele tenha sido detido a mando de oficiais do Teerã. (Por Anderson Antunes)
Abaixo, o vídeo que Stone postou no Insta [ÁUDIO EM INGLÊS]:
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So , our very last country on the list was Iran . We were aware there couldn’t be a public concert as I am a woman and that is illegal in this country. Personally I don’t fancy going to an Iranian prison nor am I trying to change the politics of the countries I visit nor do I wish to put other people in danger. However, it seems the authority’s don’t believe we wouldn’t be playing a public show so they have popped us on what they call the ‘black list ‘ as we found out when we turned up to the immigration hall. After long discussions with the most friendly charming and welcoming immigration people the decision was made to detain us for the night and to deport us in the morning. Of course I was gutted. So close yet so far, this moment broke a little piece of my heart. Then I realised the silver lining was bright. I told them my story and explained my mission, to bring good feeling with what I have to give and show those who want to look, the positives of our globe. All with the understanding that public performance wasn’t an option in this scenario. I still have to walk forward towards that goal some way some how. And of course music is my driver. Doesn’t mean we have to brake any laws though. There is music everywhere. Even here, we just have to play by there rules and they have to believe we will. It’s a trust thing. They were so kind to us, at one point I started to question it. The question whirled around my head, were they just luring is into a false sense of security so we would walk into our jail cells quietly with out a drama? Nope , these people are genuinely nice kind people that felt bad that they couldn’t over ride the system. They didn’t speak English so well so the translator Mohamed, who clearly had a lovely soul conveyed the message that they hoped we would go to embassy to sort it all out and come back, they were refusing us entry with a heavy heart and were so sorry. After Mo had left, the officers kept telling us sorry. They said sorry all the way through this process and kept saying this till we got on the plane they were sending us away on. We were the ones that should have been apologising for not having our correct paper work. The ball