Iranian social media worked up over Iran VP visiting tents of earthquake victims without taking off his shoes. pic.twitter.com/Spaop1jio5— Arash Karami (@thekarami) 27 November 2017
#Iran's 1st VP and his entourage didn't even bother taking off their shoes as they visited the makeshift shelters of victims of the quake, reminding some of the antics of the late Shah and his wife. #Kermanshah https://t.co/mpP4RYVvkS— Mohammad Ali Shabani (@mashabani) 27 November 2017
In response to criticisms VP #Jahangiri offers apologies for entering tents of local people in #quake hit #Kermanshah without taking off his shoes, says it was a mistake. #Iran https://t.co/MQOJVhhvXZ— Fereshteh Sadeghi (@fresh_sadegh) 27 November 2017
Can you imagine Mike Pence getting criticism from Americans for not taking his shoes off at a temporary shelter for hurricane victims? It's pretty hard to imagine such a thing as that, but Iranians take removing shoes very seriously. So seriously that he had to apologize for his lack of courtesy. I find it interesting that comparisons were made to the westernizing Shah.