The Iranian version of the hit American television comedy Modern Family has erased the much-loved gay characters in the original from its storyline.
While the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) series, titled Haft Sang, is a not an authorised adaptation of the groundbreaking show, it nevertheless appears to copy many elements from its “inspiration.”
Salon reports that the two episodes aired in Iran so far are almost identical copies of the American version.
In addition to replacing the gay couple, Cam and Mitchell, with a straight couple who adopt a child, the show has also changed one of the Dunphy daughters to a son.
Homosexuality is illegal in Iran and is punishable by imprisonment, corporal punishment, or in some cases even execution.
YouTube user Sina Haghighi has put together a video that compares the shows side by side.
Is it all a coincidence or is Haft Sang a bad rip-off tailored to a deeply homophobic society? Watch the video below and judge for yourself.