Why else Iran may be peeved at 300
Will Shetterly has a theory about why Iran might be offended by the portrayal of the Persians in Frank Miller’s 300, and it’s not just the setting up of Persia/Iran as "the enemy" during a time of modern sable-rattling in that same area.
Shetterly notes, regarding how King Xerxes is costumed, that "A US film portraying Xerxes like this would be like a British film about the American Revolution portraying George Washington in a pink uniform with lots of ruffles." Well, I can picture the ruffles. And a lot of guys did wear pink in those days. But point taken.
To be fair, Shetterly does note that "300 turns the Battle of Thermopylae into a fight between butch gays and queens. When Leonidas refers to ‘boy-loving Athenians,’ he’s clearly jealous." Oh, snap!