11 things that should be banned in Lebanon (list doesn’t include Born This Way)

People online are buzzing about Born This Way being banned in Lebanon.

“Offensive to Christianity”?

That’s so shameful, people! Censorship is so old school.

Update: the ban has been lifted. You can now ride the pony down the road to love.

But hey, things never make sense in Lebanon.

For example.

Mohammad Iskandar‘s sexist song is regularly played on the radio. (Lyrics: “Ne7na ma 3anna banat tetwazzaf bi shhadetha”, “we don’t have girls who get employed with their degrees”)

…while Lady Gaga‘s Judas is banned from the radio. (Lyrics: “Jesus is my virtue”)

Now that’s fuckery.

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If the Lebanese authorities insist, they should ban the following:

1)  The Censorship of the World Press Photo Exhibition:

Lebanese authorities ordered the removal of an Israeli photographer’s prize-winning work. The exhibition ended earlier than expected. Read more.

2) The chaos of Roumieh prison:

Original Capacity: 2,000 prisoners

Current prisoners: around 5,500

Read more.

3) Lebanese Penal Code 534:

Eat It. Lick It. Snort It. Fuck It. Abolish it.

4) Racist policies of Lebanese resorts (such as Sporting Club):

It’s unfortunate that the next PC party is taking place in Sporting Club. I would have loved to attend the party if it was taking place in another venue.

5) Politicians who divide, not unite:

6) Religious leaders who preach intolerance:

Such as Bechara el Raii, who is a gay hit, mind you.

7) Lebanese Armed Forces beating up gay men:

So two gay men were having sex in an abandoned building in Sessine? That doesn’t justify the way they were treated in this incident.

8 ) Less than stellar journalists going on air unprepared:

Case in point: Malek Maktabi. Need I say more?

9) Magazines that spread hate & intolerance:

Walaw? Look no further than gay bashing magazine Al Jaras.


10) Destroying traditional houses for parking space:

Have Mercy on Beirut. Click here.

11) People acting above the Law (such as Ketermaya incident):

Ketermaya villagers drag a rape suspect out of the police car, murder him on the street & hang him on an electricity pole.

Read more.


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ps: wrote this post listening to Born This Way. Suck on that, censors!

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29 thoughts on “11 things that should be banned in Lebanon (list doesn’t include Born This Way)

  1. Farah Timsah June 4, 2011 / 11:55 pm

    100 percent for what you’re proposing, but do you really see this coming anytime soon or far into future? Ever?

    • BeirutBoy June 5, 2011 / 12:17 am

      If we’re so busy banning albums and songs…then no, we won’t focus on issues that rly matter.

      10x 4 the comment Farah =)

  2. Ralph June 5, 2011 / 12:42 am

    Bchara el Ra3i makes me sick. I can’t stand seeing him on TV. And about the Sassine incident. If homosexuality is tolerated in our country, these young unfortunate gay men would be able to be themselves and live a normal life like everybody else. Unfortunately, they feel like they can’t be themselves around other people and that’s why they can’t be with someone they love because it’s impossible for them to build a healthy relationship with another person. And since every human being has his sexual needs, homosexuals in Lebanon tend to screw anyone because it’s easier for them to have a one night stand and move on…

    • BeirutBoy June 5, 2011 / 12:48 am

      u said: “it’s impossible for them to build a healthy relationship”

      You know, I was just thinking about this yesterday. Enno the things that people take for granted: holding hands in public, introducing your lover to your parents, living together. These things are impossible for many gays. They make it rly hard to build a healthy stress-free relationship.

      • Ralph June 5, 2011 / 1:04 am

        I know, right?! I keep thinking about this all the time. It’s so freakin’ sad! It’s really impossible for a gay man to live in this country. I mean, we only live once, and life is too damn short, that’s why we should be able to be happy and make the best of it, seriously…

      • BeirutBoy June 6, 2011 / 12:00 pm

        Totally agree. Life is too short.

      • Libanais gai June 7, 2011 / 5:27 am

        Definitely agree, societies where homosexuality is not normalized lead to a trend where gays live off quick, pretty meaningless sexual encounters rather than healthy meaningful deep relationships as these become extremely difficult to live.

        The West lived through these and still lives it with gay villages with a ghettoized subculture. However, there is a big trend leading to an integration of gay village to the “hetero” world with a normalization of gays in the eyes of the majority with the great work of activists and incentives such as legalizing gay marriage (for instance). I dream of the day Lebanon will get there, a Lebanon where I will be welcome with my husband and maybe kids…

      • BeirutBoy June 10, 2011 / 2:11 pm

        Thanks for the comment & for speaking out =)

  3. XXX June 5, 2011 / 1:19 am

    Do we really have to hold hands in public? :p

    • Ziad June 5, 2011 / 2:19 am

      I do. On my fourth date with someone I liked, it felt weird not being able to do so.

    • BeirutBoy June 6, 2011 / 12:03 pm

      hehe. Enno it might not be ur cup of tea, but it should be a no-brainer. It’s kinda cute. =P

  4. Ziad June 5, 2011 / 2:22 am

    Nice post BB.

    I can list a thousand more things that should be banned in Lebanon. Good start with these 11.

  5. yasmine June 5, 2011 / 9:53 am

    It’s a crying shame that we live in such a hypocritical country.

  6. hishamad June 6, 2011 / 3:10 pm

    I agree, ino they care so much for people not to listen to GAGA while lots of other more disturbing things are on the loose.

    If the government should start, it should start with selling of porno movies in the streets of sabra (since its a thing i saw with my eyes and irritated me)

    and start by other more offensive things to Human beings as a whole before thinking of dividing!

  7. Joplin June 6, 2011 / 8:58 pm

    BeirutBoy youre one witty fuck. And i mean it in a very positive way. Loved the post!

  8. Ziad June 7, 2011 / 6:05 pm

    It got unbanned guys.

    Not like most of us haven’t already got it through questionable means >_>

    • BeirutBoy June 10, 2011 / 2:12 pm

      Enno what were they trying to do? Cause a stir for nothing? Akh.

  9. Aline C June 9, 2011 / 9:23 pm

    Ekh the fashal that is the system of this country.
    I can list 1932028323452345 things that should get more attention than this, and should be banned before thinking about Lady Gaga and pop music.

  10. A Bare Truth June 10, 2011 / 2:24 pm

    I wish it was possible to make these changes

  11. Nathan S June 10, 2011 / 5:57 pm

    Is the 11th one for real? WTF?
    Corruption at its best. sad!

  12. Ziad June 13, 2011 / 1:18 am

    She left me speechless. So speechless.

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