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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Friday, August 19, 2005

Evil Ruby and her evil music videos!

As a part of a series of articles done by the BBC about the culture changes sweeping the great middle-eastern region, here is one that talks about the worrying trend of semi-sexy music videos and how they are ruining society as we know it. Please note, that the steamiest raunchiest arab music video doesn't even come close in terms of sexiness to american pop music videos in the 80's. But, hey, just another joy of living in an islamic society! Now, playing the role of the psuedo Intellectual Idiot, is Mohamed Ajami, who is blaming those music videos for leading the youth away from Islam. Mohammed Ajami, 30, is an assistant university lecturer in English. He says the stars' clothing and dance styles "spread like fire" among his students. "They memorise the lyrics by heart, and they forget about anything else. Their culture is a mixture of bad influences that lead them away from Islam. " So, the 3 minute videoclips manage to destroy the influence of the official state religion and culture? Damn, I wonder what that says about the strengths of those kids' faith, or upbringing, let alone what it says about the religion and its culture. In Mr. Ajami's opinion, Islamic teachings are soo weak that Ruby can completly destroy them with a video of her shaking her ass. "They have no dreams except feeding these kinds of instincts or living like their fellows in the West," he says. "They gain the bad things from the Western culture - like free relationships between men and women," he says. Yes, that. Evil evil bad thing. Can't you just see mr. Ajami as a fun dinner guest? I bet he is very popular! Now, for the role of the stupid femenist intellectual, we have Amal Abdul Hadi, who blames political marginilization for the youth's love for music videos. No, seriously: Amal Abdul Hadi, a feminist activist at the New Women's Foundation, sees the trend partly as a reaction to political marginalisation. "I think they want to affiliate to something - to express themselves, but within a situation where expressing yourself politically is nearly closed." So, they want to participate in politics, and since they can't, they watch music videos? Okay now! She also considers it a reaction to the conservative climate - but an unhealthy one. Of course. Ladies and gentlemen, please prepare yourselves for the obligatory femenist " they are objectifying women" speech. "I don't agree that commodifying and objectifying women's bodies is better than conservatism. I can't compare between the two evils. I personally think it's also creating a backlash - a reactionary reflex." Ok, so when thewomen dance, they are being objectified, but when they are forced to wear tents and look like Ninjas because they are told that they are nothing but walking Vaginas, that's cool. Or maybe it's just safer to attack the music videos people, god knows they won't come after you or threaten to kill you or nothing. Thankfully, not everybody talking in this article is an idiot: English Literature student Injie Swailam, 19, says stars like Ruby are wrongly blamed for the growing liberalism. "I love Ruby. She's reflecting how our culture is now changing. Our community is a closed community, but now people are starting to wear really tight stuff - and they are going out to nightclubs. "When society sees someone saying the truth, people don't want to admit the change," she says. From the mouth of babes, literally!


At 8/19/2005 11:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh oh Sam, it’s the beginning of the end of the ME as you know it.

Evil Ruby = Elvis


At 8/20/2005 09:24:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Lord I hope so!

At 8/20/2005 04:48:00 PM, Anonymous Alaa said...

ok this time it is personal

you are attacking my mother in law here.

1- don't trust any fucking media, the quote is a quote stripped of context

2- you don't know shit about Amal Abd El Hadi and so you ahve no idea if she does speak against ninjas or not

3- Amal enjoys the video clips so surely the point she was making must have been more elaborate by journalists being what they are is now the nice snipet you have

4- the bbc series sucks their piece about youth for change is sooo corny and does not reflect what it is really like even khaled who is portrayed as a major hero is ashamed of it

5- you have every reason to love Amal she is trying to save female sexuality in Egypt and maintain a steady supply of hot sexually aware women by fighting FGM (she would kill me if she read this line but I had to translate her decades of activism into a nice blog friendly quote written in your language).

At 8/24/2005 03:04:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

Dear everyone who reads this post:

In regards to dr. Amal, I seem to have made a mistake. What can I say, my chronic forr-in-mouth disease strikes again. The woman is an exceptional women's rights activist who was apparently misrepresented in this BBC article by the bastrad who wrote it. The sentences were deliberatly taken out of context in an effort to make a point that the writer wanted to make, and god knows I fell for it as an idiot.

So Dr. Amal: my most sincire apologies to you.

At 11/29/2005 01:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think that the new arabic music videos are really lame (kinda like your fake 'cool' attitude actually). It tells me that they have no brains to make their own original videos, only imitate the latest western music vid, knowing that we shoe-for-brains 'trendy' arab kids will lap it up like hungry puppies! Gimme a break! what do I see when I switch on to rotana or such-like crap? A bunch of half-nekid dames shaking their booty. Ho hum, boring, been there seen that! We arabs are so boring. What? Don't you have any originality? And another thing, at least show some respect to our fellow sisters who wish to be covered up with dignity, rather than show their body to any tom dick or harry! I think its only fair, dont you?


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