If anyone still needs a costume for Halloween, Izzy has the perfect, if undiplomatic, suggestion: In honor of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, suit yourself up as a gay Iranian. And call yourself “The Iron Chic.”
Killer Queen Freddie Mercury (real name “Farroukh Bulsara”) could be your hirsute model. (Though born in Zanzibar, his parents were Indian Parsis, i.e., Zoroastrians of Persian descent.) Good luck finding a unitard on such short notice, however.
*Izzy is well aware that there are no casbahs in Iran, but the Clash actually wrote “Rock the Casbah” in response to the Ayatollah Khomeini’s banning of rock music in the country. Come to think of it, Izzy hopes someday to see the bumper sticker “If this casbah’s a-rockin’, don’t come a-knockin’.”