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Tweeting McCain compares Ahmadinejad to monkey

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers his speech to the crowd at the Azadi (freedom) square in Tehran, Iran on Feb. 10.

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Outspoken US Senator John McCain raised eyebrows online on Feb. 4 when he compared Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a monkey that the Islamic republic recently launched into space.

“So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space – wasn’t he just there last week?” said a message on McCain’s official Twitter feed, followed by the headline and link to a recent story ”Iran launches monkey into space.”

The comments by the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, a strong advocate for tougher sanctions on Tehran for its nuclear program, followed Ahmadinejad’s claim earlier Monday that he is ready “to be the first man in space” under Iran’s ambitious program which aims to send a human being into orbit by 2020.

The slur by McCain, the senator with by far the most Twitter followers — nearly 1.8 million — elicited swift condemnation on Twitter.

“Wow, way to elevate political discourse,” tweeted @heyitsurban to McCain. Another user, @manolo_loop, wrote:”@SenJohnMcCain is racism funny?”

About 50 minutes after his original “monkey” tweet, McCain posted a follow-up. “Re: Iran space tweet - lighten up folks, can’t everyone take a joke?”










1. outspoken adj.

敢言的;直言不諱的 (gan3 yan2 de5; zhi2 yan2 bu2 hui4 de5)

例: He has been outspoken in his criticism of the government.


2. advocate n.

擁護者;支持者 (yong3 hu4 zhe3; zhi1 chi2 zhe3)

例: Advocates for abolishing the death penalty are sometimes slammed as cold-blooded.


3. slur n.

誹謗;詆毀 (fei3 bang4; di2 hui3)

例: The comments were a slur on staff at the hospital.


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