Iran hosts, but does not acknowledge, pro-Palestinian US porn star

An American porn actor who has advocated for Palestinians online during Israel’s war with Hamas traveled to Iran and visited the former US Embassy in Tehran, which was abandoned after the 1979 hostage crisis.

The visit by Whitney Wright, as Nobel Peace Prize laureate and women’s rights activist Narges Mohammadi is imprisoned in Iran, sparked heated criticism of the country’s crackdown on women since the 2022 death in police custody of Mahsa Amini and the nationwide protests it sparked.

Wright filmed herself throughout Tehran despite her work in pornography exposing her in theory to criminal charges that carry the death penalty.

Wright did not respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press. But in remarks on social media, she described the US Embassy as a place she “HAD to visit.” Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard now runs it as a museum.

Iranian students backing Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini overran the compound after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Embassy staff members taken hostage were held for 444 days. A direct line can be drawn between that crisis and the tensions between Iran and the US today.

“I’m sharing exhibits from a museum that are never seen,” Wright wrote on Instagram. “It’s not an endorsement of the government.”

As a US citizen born in Oklahoma City, Wright would need a visa for her visit. Iran’s mission to the United Nations did not respond to questions about the actor’s trip.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani was asked about Wright during a briefing and said he had no information about her. Wright has shared pro-Palestinian information online, including material supporting terror against Israel.

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