It seems that in Iran300 has been viewed as an affront to Persian culture at least according to the staff of Pres. Ahmadinejad:
Javad Shamqadri, a cultural advisor to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said it was “plundering Iran’s historic past and insulting this civilization”.
He branded the film “psychological warfare” against Tehran and its people.
But Iranian culture was strong enough to withstand the assault, Mr Shamqadri said.
“American cultural officials thought they could get mental satisfaction by plundering Iran’s historic past and insulting this civilization,” he said.
Meanwhile, a bunch of US Marines thought the film a cracking good time:
There was periodic cheering Monday night at the Regal multiplex in downtown Oceanside, a few blocks from the main gate of Camp Pendleton, where young Marines attended showings of “300” on three screens. Some Marines nodded in recognition at lines in the movie that were familiar from their training — such as when King Leonidas instructs his son that the more troops sweat in training, the less they will bleed in combat.
“When the Spartan officer says that Spartans are all about protecting the guy to the left and right rather than being worried about themselves, that struck a chord,” said Pfc. James Lyons, 20. “That’s what they tell us all the time.”
Let’s hope everyone can just agree to disagree and hold off on the rioting.