Posted by: G-AZZI | February 24, 2012

It’s just a comedy show

That’s how some people responded to the rage that many individuals expressed again MTV’s racist, sexist and homophobic sketches; having lost hope that we can actually change MTV’s position, I decided to respond to people who think that this show is funny.

1-     In a society where  there is still no consensus not to discriminated against women, gays and migrant workers , hearing scornful jokes about them let go inhibitions you might have, and you feel it’s ok to discriminate against them. Furthermore, it is clear that people behind this program are aware of the campaigns lead by the Lebanese civil society and intentionally trying to bring them down ( domestic violence law, migrant workers rights etc… ), the show is not as innocent as you think. Watch all the videos here http://mtvlebanonhumanrightsabuse.wordpress.com/

2-    Do you really think this show is funny? What is funny about repeating the same stereotypical jokes that people have been telling for years now, only people who are completely and utterly devoid of creativity and intelligence use jokes like these in their show. Those who are actually creative will find new jokes that appeal to everyone.

3-    Humor depends largely on the context and audience, if these sketch were made in a different context with the intention of making fun of stereotypes I would probably laugh, The same joke can be funny or not depending on who tells it and to whom. The Lebanese society is not a tolerant society and lame programs like MTV’s “ktir selbi” are just just telling us it is ok to be racist, sexist and homophobic, if you are laughing , then, you are no better.

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Responses

  1. Je suis d’accord avec vous sur la majorité des points. Mais je pense aussi qu’il est important de banaliser et de désacraliser l’homosexualité au Liban , puisqu’elle n’est présente dans les média qu’ a travers les talk show a l’ambiance très dramatique… même si le niveau de l’humour est généralement très bas, et les stéréotypes très pauvres ( je pense notamment a majdi wajdi), je ne suis pas sur que les sketch sont vraiment néfastes…c’est peut être une bonne chose que l’homosexualité puisse existe médiatiquement en dehors du reportage ou du talk show!

    En même temps ça fait huit ans que je ne vis plus au Liban et je ne me rend peut être pas compte de l’impacte réel que pourrait avoir ce genre d’émission sur les gays.

    • i agree R, over victimizing and dramatizing homosexuality is not productive neither, i actually think majdi w wajdi are funny but again it depends who is saying this joke and what are the intentions behind it.

  2. By the way is there a Helem association in Paris, how can I contact them i didn’t find information on the internet. Thanks!

  3. “In a society where there is still no consensus not to discriminated against women, gays and migrant workers , hearing scornful jokes about them let go inhibitions you might have, and you feel it’s ok to discriminate against them. ”

    Absolutely, this is the most crucial point of your post. When you don’t have public education that raises awareness on the diversity of people (ironically, protecting & celebrating the diversity of people should be the foremost point that religious organizations should support and preach) then inhibitions and personal ethics must take the role of proper public education, in dealing with matters of hate and segregation.


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