Six Iranian youth have publicly apologized after being arrested for their involvement in the 'Happy in Tehran' music video that featured the group dancing to 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams. During their televised apology, the group explained that they were deceived by the video's producers, and that they were unaware that the video would ever be made public.
Pharrell took to Twitter yesterday to share his reaction to the news of the arrests:
It's beyond sad these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness http://t.co/XV1VAAJeYI— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) May 21, 2014
This news comes just days after Iranian President Hassan Touhani spoke publicly in support of embracing the internet vs. seeing it as a threat: