A food court opened last Friday at the Beirut Souks right next to the theaters. I thought at first it was only Kababji opening because the color and design were similar to its branches, but then I went in and spotted Roadster and Zaatar W Zeit as well as a PinkBerry stand (Finally!). The court is spacious and is ideal for a quick bite right before a movie. It was also needed because the only place where you could grab a quick bite at the Souks is Brgrco.
I sat down at Kababji with some friends and ordered my favorite Arayiss Kafta, as well as some Kebab and Kebbit La2teen. The service and food were great and the only item that took some time was Kebbit La2teen (Pumpkin Kebbe which is popular during lent). I wanted to get some Pinkberry after but it was really crowded because they were giving free samples or something.
I think the court still needs a decent ice-cream place and I heard a popular one might be opening soon there but nothing is confirmed yet.
Fadl Shaker is no longer hiding in Ain el Helwe, he is now giving TV interviews and trying to make us forget what he did with Al Assir a couple of years ago. I only have one thing to say here: Shaker is directly or indirectly responsible for killing Lebanese army soldiers, is charged with inciting sectarian hatred and undermining the reputation of the Lebanese Army.
Fadl Shaker belongs in prison and the authorities should figure out a way to arrest him.
Hiba Tawaji impressed the judges again but NOG’s performance is a proof that thing will only get more difficult for Hiba and it’s not as easy as people thought it would be. The other competitor of Lebanese origin Lea Tchena also advanced to the next round and won her battle.
The Sisters show has begun and the first episode is as expected, a pointless meaningless TV show and an insult to our intelligence. I was only able to watch 15 minutes of the 50-minute long episode and here’s what I’ve learned:
– One of the sisters is a reckless driver and couldn’t figure out that the car ran out of fuel.
– The older sister thinks she’s French and has the most popular blog on Instagram (Still can’t figure that out).
– One of the sisters has a terrible voice.
– Farah is the cutest of the three sisters. It wasn’t that hard to figure out 😛
A London-based Islamist and a friend of Ayman el Zawahiri didn’t like the fact that Lebanese TV host Rima Karaki asked him politely to stick to the topic of discussion, so he asked her to shut up. That’s when Rima decided to silence the Sheikh and stop the interview. I think she did good and let this be a lesson to every religious person (and anyone for that sake) disrespecting female talk show hosts.
Instead of tackling homosexuality in Lebanon in an objective and scientific matter, OTV decided to promote the show by asking whether homosexuality is a fashion trend or an illness. In order to be fair, I did bother and watch the show and while the doctors and Pierre Bou Saab were mostly spot on and made sense, the host kept asking the wrong questions and making wrong assumptions and over-generalizing.
Homosexuality is not a trend nor an illness and people don’t choose to become gay. While people are affected by environmental and social factors, almost everyone agrees that sexual orientation has nothing to do with choice, and even if it did, no one is entitled to judge others based on that or call it an illness. Moreover, I don’t know why she assumed that more Lebanese recently are rejecting this “weird phenomenon” as she calls it. There aren’t any studies or surveys to prove that and if that’s the case, awareness is much needed then. We shouldn’t portray gay people as being different or weird and we should help them in their struggle against ignorance and hatred.
On another note, the host didn’t even know what LGBT stands for and thought it was a cool term gay people use nowadays. She also said biosexual instead of bisexual in the first part (Between Minute 3:20 and 3:35) and the doctor corrected her. I’m glad she didn’t bring any religious people but the show didn’t send out the right message and promoting it the way they did was a bad move.
Here’s the [first part] for those interested in watching.
Before you read the review, note that I’ve never read the Fifty Shades books and I probably won’t so I don’t know much about the story except the stuff I hear from friends who are obsessed with Mr.Grey and online articles and memes about it. This being said, I was expecting to watch an erotic romance story which wasn’t the case. The movie was more of a twisted romantic story between a weird rich dude and some college graduate, and it didn’t include that many sex scenes and barely any scene involving bondage and stuff. I am not saying I was eager to watch some BDSM activity but I expected to see more of it based on what I’ve read and heard. Moreover, this whole Mr Dominant thing is quite misleading as Christian Grey is confusing and not as much in control as you’d think he is.
Overall, the movie is dull and is more like a story that never really picks up. The two things I appreciated were Dakota Johnson (Anastasia “Ana” Steele) who’s really hot, and the soundtrack which is quite good. I expect the second part to be less boring so let’s wait and see.
As far as censorship is concerned, the movie is supposed to be 125 minutes but I felt it was a bit shorter than that. I think there are a couple of cut scenes but I can’t confirm that.
The Abdel Aziz sisters (@StyleinBeirut) will apparently star in a new reality show on LBC called the Sisters, a show similar to the Kardashians based on what Mondanite said, which is not really a good thing if you ask me. I personally can’t watch the Kardashians for more than 2 minutes.
Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how Lebanese react to such reality shows. One thing is for sure, the Kardashian sisters are much prettier.
We started our own blog a year ago that we named @styleinbeirut and which has become one of the most popular fashion pages in Lebanon with more than 100k real followers.
When I first shared the horrible Banana song, a friend told me that she knew the girl and that she’s studying theater at the Lebanese University so I had a feeling that this could be a joke but couldn’t prove it. A week later, the girl shows up with Adel Karam on Hayda 7aki and claims the whole thing was a publicity stunt organized by MTV, Impact BBDO and Sa2afetna aimed at bringing back our true culture and encouraging people to make a difference and share the stories that matter most.
While Sa2afetna is a good initiative which I’ve supported in a previous post, I think Hayda 7ake was the wrong show to organize this stunt with because some of Adel’s guests are even worse than ZeeZee M and Melissa who was his guest last week is one example. Don’t get me wrong as I am not criticizing Adel here as it’s part of his show to host such singers and indirectly make fun of them, which is the reason why ZeeZee M should have revealed herself in a more serious way (maybe by uploading a second video?).
Moreover, and I’ve stated this previously, the real problem in Lebanon is not people sharing fun videos from time to time, but media relying solely on such videos and clickbaits to promote themselves and get more clicks.
On a last note, should the banana clip stay online if it’s a stunt?