We Love You Maya Zankoul!

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Picture from Maya Zankoul

I was very surprised to read Brofessional Review’s post on Maya, not because it was critical of Maya’s work, but because it was highly subjective, disrespectful and unfair. However, it’s their right to criticize the way they see fit and I will not bother reply as I am not fit to discuss illustrations and what makes someone a real illustrator, but I thought a word of support to Maya, who is one of BlogBaladi’s biggest fans (and vice-versa) and one of the nicest people you could ever meet, was the least I could do.

After all, it is not just Maya’s talent that got her to where she is today, but the way she was able to communicate her ideas in a fun and creative way. In fact, sometimes I would spend an hour writing a post that she would summarize in an illustration/doodle/WhateverYouWannaCallIt.

Keep doing what you do best Maya!

Update: I recommend you read BeirutSpring’s post on this matter [Here].

Pamela el Kik involved in a car accident

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I don’t know who Pamela el Kik is to be honest, nor which shows or movies she took part in but what I know is how the bus managed to get across the mid-road separator and hit her car. It may not be the driver’s fault this time but someone should discipline these reckless bus drivers that are endangering their passengers’ lives and our lives as well.


Both Pictures from Yasa.org

Mar Mikhael Threatened by the Fouad Boutros Highway Project

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According to Save Beirut Heritage, the Fouad Boutros highway project will destroy 28 heritage landmarks, endanger 30 more, and uproot thousands of meters of lush green spaces in the Ashrafieh, Hekmeh and Mar Mikhail neighborhoods.

Check out what will happen to the Mar Mikhail street if this project is implemented. If the picture is correct, it will practically destroy the Mar Mikhail street and its surrounding. You can check out the full study [Here] and more pictures and information [Here].


Murr vs. Maalouf

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The last episode of Joe Maalouf’s Enta Horr was probably the first episode I watched fully and ironically turned out to be the last one as MTV decided to stop the show and fire Joe Maalouf.

To be honest, I am not surprised that MTV took this decision, but like I said before and if the rumors are true, the way Maalouf was kicked out was improper and disrespectful. Earlier today, Gino posted details of what happened between MTV and Enta Horr which I believe are accurate enough from what I heard, while Elie’s claim that Maalouf’s pro-LGBT stance was the reason he got fired seems a bit far-fetched to me.

While both stories may turn out to be true, I think we should look back at all the controversial topics Maalouf covered and see how many times he committed unforgivable mistakes and flops that caused waves of protest and even hatred and disgust against MTV and Maalouf. Since most of us Lebanese have a tendency to forget quickly, I will remind you of some of them:

1- Antoura’s sexual harassment case where Joe Maalouf revealed the names of the victims on TV and against some of the parents’ will.

2- Lebanese police conducted anal probes on 36 men from gay porn cinema after MTV’s Enta Horr unveiled activity in porn cinemas. Funnily enough, rumors spread that Joe is homosexual himself. A homosexual homophobic? That’s a first!

3- The brothel Enta Horr unveiled in Sarba while ignoring the tens of them in well known places in Maameltein and other regions.

4- Filing a lawsuit against a Lebanese Blogger and scrapping it later on.

5- Equaling metal music with satanism in one of his episodes.

Despite all these mistakes that probably were disastrous to MTV’s image, they never fired him but things must have accumulated and the latest incident was the tip of the iceberg and like everything in this country, there were politics involved. After all, TVs are all about ratings and I don’t recall that many people talking positively about this show. However and to be clear on this, I really think the whole concept behind this show is very smart and the intel Maalouf was getting was quite impressive but the show in itself wasn’t well prepared IMHO and the host from what I’ve seen wasn’t convincing in his approach neither to MTV nor to TV viewers.

Funnily enough, when May Hariri got into a dispute with MTV, I don’t recall that many people defending her even though both parties might have been wrong.

All in all, I don’t know why the show all of a sudden got everyone’s attention even though most of the online community used to criticize Maalouf and Enta Horr. If Joe wants to run his show somewhere else, I hope he takes into consideration the several remarks bloggers and the online community have expressed throughout all his episodes. If not, then I hope MTV will bring back the show with another host as it’s worth keeping.

Smart Ad That Only Kids Can See

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The above is an ad done by a Spanish organization called the Aid to Children and Adolescents at Risk Foundation, that displays a different message for adults and children at the same time [Gizmodo].

According to [Himaya], a Lebanese NGO against child abuse, 1 out of 7 children in Lebanon suffer sexual abuse in the places they should feel safe. However, the biggest challenge is to let them report such incidents when they occur and creating such ads is an intelligent way to do so.

Ad by Himaya

Thanks Nad!