DID IRAN KILL MJ
Was the Iranian Government the
mastermind behind the death of a
on June 25, 2009?
The day Michael Jackson
The day the world ignored
What Does This Mean?
• Protest disputing electoral victory of Iranian President Mahmoud
• Front and center around the world after killing of Neda Agha-
• Getting attention off Iran in best interest of government
• Without world support, revolution hope died
Why Michael Jackson?
• Large enough public figure to draw attention away
• Retaliation against the US?
– Iran blamed CIA for death of Neda Agha-Soltan
• Which led to increased rioting and attention
World Attention Shift
• News and people replace election protests with MJ
• “Michael Jackson RIP” replaced “#iranelection” as top Twitter
• Excessively covered even by news standards
• Russian FSB reported CIA killed MJ soon after
incident and conspiracy theory revealed
– A way to improve increasing relations between countries
– Against a common enemy (U.S.A.)
Does it Hold Up?
• Circumstantial evidence
• No evidence against it
• Trying to make something out of nothing?
• One of an average 156, 000 deaths per day
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