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?
I seriously invite you to change the title of your editorial from “why it is a failed stunt” to “why this great stunt could have been better revealed”.
Why is that? A stunt is a stunt and is meant to send out a message and how it was sent out is what I disagree with and thought failed.
If only she had used this opportunity to talk about something real. Women’s rights, our refugee crisis.. etc… She could have said ok now that I have your attention,I would like to talk about some of the human rights abuses being committed in this country. (Instead of telling people to go read 1 book a month)
I think what she did was very creative, and I don’t think she got to decide where or how to reveal herself, it was mtv’s choice basically.