Auntie Moses is all upset.
“She stood there smiling as if it was the most natural thing in the world to be slapped by a man in public. Maybe it is just so in that place.”
Back in 1973, Egyptian screen icon Omar Sharif was in Barbados filming The Tamarind Seed with Julie Andrews. For Auntie Moses, the memory of meeting Mr. Sharif (Doctor Zhivago!) is second only to Frank Sinatra kissing her on the cheek at the Barbados Yacht Club after she hid him in a walk-in cooler. It’s a true story!
So you can imagine Auntie’s horror at the viral video that shows Omar Sharif slapping a woman in public yesterday at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar.
Apparently the fan didn’t wait in line and that offended Mr. Sharif, so he did what comes naturally to any Middle Eastern misogynist: he told her in Arabic to wait her turn and slapped the woman a big one right across the face.
Then he realized that this was going out over the airwaves, so he quickly recovered and let the shaken woman stand beside him for a photo. She stood there smiling as if it was the most natural thing in the world to be slapped by a man in public. Maybe it is just so in that place.
The question I have is this: Same situation, same woman – but at the Los Angeles or Sundance Film Festivals. Would Sharif have slapped the woman?
Well? Would he?
Hundreds of Freedom Loving, Jubilent Egyptians celebrate Mubarak’s fall with public gang rape, shouting “JEW, JEW, JEW”
CBS 60 Minutes news reporter Lara Logan was separated from her crew and dragged off into the crowd in the Cairo’s main square last Friday where she was brutally gang-raped in public for half an hour. Hundreds of celebrants chanted “Jew Jew Jew” as she was beaten and raped by countless men.
CBS News kept the story quiet until it started to break as rumours on the blogs. The above photo was taken moments before she was pulled into the crowd. Continue reading
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Cue (and Queue) the apologists…
Bibi Aisha was an 18-year-old woman from Oruzgan province in Afghanistan, who fled back to her family home from her husband’s house, complaining of violent treatment. The Taliban arrived one night, demanding Bibi be handed over to face justice. After a Taliban commander pronounced his verdict, Bibi’s brother-in-law held her down and her husband sliced off her ears and then cut off her nose. Bibi was abandoned, but later rescued by aid workers and the American military. After time in a women’s refuge in Kabul, she was taken to America, where she received counselling and reconstructive surgery. Bibi Aisha now lives in the US.
This is not an isolated event
A few minutes on Google reveal a hundred similar cases in many nations, none of which involve Baptists, Seventh Day Adventists, Jews or Buddhists.
The values propagated by the Muslim religion appear to be different than the values propagated by other religions. Why is this?
The Telegraph: World Press Photo 2010 contest winners
BFP, December 3, 2006: Gutless Barbados “Abstains” From UN Vote Citing Iran For Human Rights Abuses, Torture, Discrimination and Violence Against Women