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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

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Now they have a theme song?

This whole cartoon war thing is like watching The Return of the King the director's cut; every time you think it's going to end, it just keeps on going. Why am I saying this? Well, yesterday, while chilling in a cafe with a TV playing the Rotana music videos channel, they showed a song called "Anyone but God's Prophet" (ellah rassoul allah), sang by a group of unknown singers aptly titled "The Group" (el magmoo3ah). The song was about, you guessed it, the way the Prophet was insulted, how freedom of expression should have its limits and how if you danish infidels really knew him or how much we love him you would've never done what you did, and how we need to get justice over this insult. The singers of the song are all dressed in white, with the females singers wearing Al Hijab (but in the end credits, when showing them singing the song in the studio, they weren't wearing it. Sluts.) and all of them singing it with seriously sad expressions, while a sad flute played in the interlude. Each singer sang 2 lines, and they kept repeating the catchy Chorus, which I don't full rememebr except for the last 2 lines of it, which I think went something like this " It doesn't matter what religion you belong to, God wouldn't approve of this. Anyone except Mohamed, and we have to have Justice/ get even". And then in the end credits, when they show the singers singing in the studio, they have them with serious sad and pensive faces, with a couple of the female singers crying heavily- while in the studio singing- to show how hurt and affected they are by this attack and song and covering their faces from the camera while doing this. Now, the one thought that crossed my mind when I saw this video was "Shit! This will start the whole thing all over again". People were kind of done with the whole thing, with "underground" reports of Lurpak being sold in Mohandeseen supermarkets and everything, and now this song comes along, with it simple yet catchy tune and sad lyrics, and is immedietly destined to become a # 1 hit, if not the # 1 ring tone of egyptians who want to show everyone that they JUST LOVE THE PROPHET, but can no longer find any cheese to burn. I fear that this song will play on people's emotions and will bring back this issue again, because, as the old egyptian saying goes, we would love us a funeral so we could wail and cry. I may be wrong, and hopefully this song won't catch on, but knowing the egyptian people's love for sad catchy songs, especially with the whole fad of islamic pop going on, ehh, I doubt it. The "we are so hurt over the Prophet" movement now have a theme song people. It maybe a little late for the party, but it maycbe the thing that will start it all over again.


At 3/14/2006 03:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When there is a storm some will build a fence and others will build a windmill.

I guess this group will smile all the way to the bank.

from scandinavia

At 3/14/2006 03:50:00 AM, Blogger Jordan said...

The cartoon riots changed westearn attitudes FAR more than 9/11.

After 9/11, we were all asking ourselves "why do they hate us so much? we must have done something horrible to create this type of terror"

But after 40 innocent people get killed, churches burnt down, and "peaceful" protest with signs stating "butcher anyone who insults Islam", the westearn world is finally starting to understand.

Watching a music video of people breaking down crying over a cartoon, specially considering the thousands of Arab cartoons showing hooked-nose jews killing babies, is not creating the reaction muslims hoped for.

After the first drop of innocent blood was spilled, all the cartoon protest should have stopped imediately. Even the ones by moderates.

At 3/14/2006 08:03:00 AM, Blogger elengil said...

What I found most interesting was the "anyone but Muhammad."

So, that's why they don't feel like hypacrites when they insult others' religions... hindus, jews, christians, buddhists, shintos, wiccans, (and the list goes on) are all fair marks, but heaven forbid (apparently, literally) that anyone else insult *theirs*

So anyone but Muhammad? Seems they only want understanding for themselves, peace for their own... fuck the rest of the world apparently.

Yes, gee. I am so moved.

At 3/14/2006 08:37:00 AM, Blogger elengil said...

And.. btw. I feel I must comment...

The Lord of the Rings you refer to was not the Director's Cut but rather the extended edition.

What's the difference?
The extended edition managed to only reach about 4 hours.

The Director's cut is rumoured to have been 7 hours long.

I'm soooo gonna petition New Line to release it. ;)

That and the Director's cuts of the other two that were around the same length.

At 3/14/2006 09:25:00 AM, Anonymous Rea said...

oh, they are still ranting over this? jawn.

At 3/14/2006 01:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It could be Jesus, Buddah, Muhammed, maybe God
There simply ain't a reason to be all that hot,
It's only drawings in that paper you can spot

But if you really fail to see the humor,
perhaps you got a big islamic tumor

we will never surender


At 3/14/2006 04:47:00 PM, Blogger Husams said...

Can this song start it over again? All the issue was just an amazing text book case about how a society can be directed emotionally, as i remember that drawings were published before like 6 months, and the funny interesting thing all the Arab world knew about it and nothing happened for like 4 months, no boycott no protests, minor talk about it, even the shekh with the longest beard still eating lurpak and enjoying the taste. Then a shekh from saudi after 4 months of realizing he felt offended, now as usual, using his most powerful easy to use tool, talking in the name of god, and since we didnt ever hear a god talking, he is the god till now, ok anyway he tripped the dominos, and the wave spreads all over the arab world then as usual it will fade away cuz its built on emotions not benefits. But this makes me think our societies can easily be led by emotions, it will worth trying to change the way they think in an emotional way rather to just isolate our selves and increase the crack.

At 3/15/2006 06:32:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't know if anyone will be interested but here is an article (from the Chicago Tribune)about the firing of the editor of a college newspaper that printed some of the cartoons:

Illini editor fired over cartoon

Published March 15, 2006

The Daily Illini editor who decided to publish several cartoons that had generated controversy for their portrayals of the Prophet Muhammad has been fired, the newspaper's publisher announced Tuesday.

Acton Gorton, editor of the student newspaper at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, failed to adequately discuss the publication of the cartoons before they appeared in print Feb. 9, a news release from the publisher, Illini Media Co., said Tuesday. Because of that, he was removed, the release said.

"The board is disappointed with this outcome and regrets that Gorton's actions necessitated his termination less than three months into his one-year term," the news release said.

Gorton said he is disappointed but not surprised by the firing.

"I really thought I would be able to get my job back after I explained my point of view," said Gorton, who added that he plans to file a lawsuit over the way his termination was handled.

A violation of the policy being cited didn't justify the "Stalinistic way I was erased from the Daily Illini," he said.

Opinions editor Chuck Prochaska, who was suspended with Gorton, has been invited to return to his post, according to the news release.


At 3/16/2006 01:30:00 AM, Blogger soylentgreen48 said...

Google the Daily Illini and you can read the letters to the editor re the cartoons. There are only a few and it's a fun game to read the letter and then scroll down to check the name of the sender. No prizes for correct guesses though, it's way too easy. BW48


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