The video above is extracted from MTV Lebanon’s program “Ktir Salbe” and has been portrayed as being racist and not funny by activists and bloggers. Few months back, MTV came under fire for a “racist” report on the foreign workers in Burj Hammoud and Dora.
In all, I wouldn’t go as far as calling MTV a racist channel because of few reports and a show, as the majority of its staff are smart and well-educated people, but I strongly believe they should be more cautious in their reports and comedy programs and send out the right message at all time. For example, they could have easily interviewed few non-Lebanese and more competent Lebanese or some officials in their Dora and Burj-Hammoud report and avoided filming random foreigners while taking about crimes and prostitution. Also, they could have covered the matter as an increase in crimes all over Lebanon, and specifically in poor and deprived areas. In fact, Dora and Burj Hammoud are doing relatively well when compared to other regions in Lebanon.
I will not bother criticize those behind the boycott campaign, as I’ve already done that. What I will do is ask them the following:
The only thing that has kept Lebanon’s economy alive throughout history is its tourism, festivals and freedom of expression, which have attracted many international artists and performers to come here.
Having said that, do you think this cultural terrorism you are exercising is right? Is this really our utmost priority at the moment to frighten international performers just because they sang in Hebrew?
We have an electricity crisis, an internet crisis, a gas crisis, telecommunications crisis, road safety problems, traffic problems, security problems all over our borders, political frictions, hundreds of thousands of refugees, dozens of armed militias, increasing pollution and poverty, collapsing buildings and ALL you can think of working against are non-Israeli artists who sang in Israel?
I never thought I would feel that lucky to be Lebanese, specially with everything that’s been going on in this country for the past 10 years or so, but seeing what’s happening in the Arab countries around us, we should consider ourselves as being very fortunate.
This being said, Over 70 were killed when Fans of Al-Masri football cub, which beat Al-Ahly 3-1, invaded the pitch and began to throw rocks, bottles and fireworks at the al-Ahly fans. Some of the deaths were the result of stab wounds, the doctors said. [Naharnet]
We spend between 30 and 45 minutes trying to cross the Marina Dbayye zigzag roads every morning. I was thinking someone should open up a small Kiosk and sell Zaatar and Jebneh Manakish, or maybe hot beverages and snacks. They would have two or three people passing between the cars selling stuff.
We are moving at 5 km/h so it’s not like it might cause more traffic.
The guy showing his back is a Lebanese called Joseph Abou Fadel. He is presumably a political analyst? The other guy is a member of the Syrian Opposition. I wish they kept filming and showed us the whole fight.
For those of you who missed Alloush vs. Chaker fight, click [Here].
This all sounds great but why did they block the entrance to the O&C Fresh Market? What’s the use of all those piles of concrete blocks separating cars coming from inside Jal el Dib and those coming from the highway?
I’ve heard that there are some violent rape scenes in the movie which have forced theaters to show it at a late hour and then restrict it to one theater, which is really stupid.
There are tons of violent movies out there and I don’t see anyone complaining. Added to that, the movie is apparently great and scored an impressive 8.2 on IMDB. Isn’t it easier to just restrict it to people under 18?