When I first stumbled upon Haft Sang (translation: Seven Stones)—the Iranian version of ABC’s Modern Family—I was excited to see just how the gay characters Mitchell and Cam would be portrayed in this Iranian version of a “modern family.” Sadly, both important characters—who make the show, IMO—have been replaced with hetrosexual characters.
In Haft Sang, an unauthorized remake of the show, their parts have either been written out or given a heterosexual makeover as Iranian TV tries to translate the appeal of the ABC hit show within the strict religious guidelines of an Iranian theocratic state.
Other characters have also had their genders changed to avoid depicting pre-marital mixing of men and women to Iranian audiences.
Not very modern now, is it?
Below, a side-by-side comparison of Haft Sang and Modern Family:
Via Gay Star News