On June 14, 2020, Press TV (Iran) aired a report about the "I Can't Breathe" International Cartoon Exhibition in Tehran. Masoud Shojaei Tabtabaei, the Director of the Center for Visual Arts in Hozeh Honari, explained that the exhibition was opened in light of the protests surrounding the death of George Floyd and he said that it consists of 72 art pieces by 45 artists from 27 different countries. The exhibition includes some of the following depictions: a swastika crushing George Floyd's neck; the Statue of Liberty taking a knee; the flag of the United States drawn with imagery associated with the Ku Klux Klan; a guillotine labeled "Only Colored" with the American flag as the blade; comparisons between U.S. President Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler; COVID-19 and police officers wearing Klansmen uniforms threatening black Americans; a Star of David crushing the neck of a dove while it says: "I can't breathe!"
Masoud Shojaei Tabtabaei: "After we witnessed the bitter incident in which a black man was murdered by the American police, we also witnessed a wave of protests in America, and it has spread to other Western countries. Since the pleading and the cries for help were accompanied by the words 'I can't breathe,' we named the exhibition 'I Can't Breathe.' in our view, this fire was smoldering underneath the ashes and it has now erupted. This is not only happening in America. We are witnessing a wave of protests against racist discrimination in all Western countries."
"We invited our friends, the artists, to accompany us in this. The result is 72 pieces by 45 artists from 27 countries."