LBC hits again: “(a)Hmar Bil KHat El3areed” poorly researched episode on queers.
This is not the first time Malek Maktabi presents and disappoints. Read “LBC program on homosexuality in Arab world sparks anger in Lebanon” by Menassat published Feb. 3rd 2009.
When we heard that another episode was aired on LBC about “transvestites” we called on viewers to submit a review of the episode if they have watched it. Below is one review we received from a trusted Lebanese blogger:
The show “Ahmar Bel Khatt el Arid” أحمر بالخط العريض always gets on my nerves whenever I watch it. So I wasn’t surprised when last week’s episode “Mouta7awwiloun Fil shakel” left me irritated and disappointed.
Thirty minutes into the show, I tuned in.
At one point, the Doctor that Malek Maktabi had as a guest explained to him what was the difference between a transvestite and a transexual. I could tell from Malek’s facial expressions and by his reaction that he didn’t know the difference. Malek, you’re hosting a show that people all around the Arab world are watching, and you go on your show not knowing what’s the difference between those two types of people? You know how else do I know Malek wasn’t prepared? If he was prepared, he wouldn’t have called one of the Male-to-Female transexuals by her “male” name (or “enta”). Gosh.
Some of the show’s guests were:
– A Male to Female transexual who now has breasts but still didn’t undergo surgery to remove the penis she was born with
– A male crossdresser. He referred to himself as a gay man who likes to sleep with men
– A male transvestite who dressed as a woman only at night. In the daytime, he slept with men. He said this was the last time he would dress as a woman, and that from this moment on, he would try to be straight and sleep with women, not men. He thought there is a cure for homosexuality.
Ya jame3a, these topics are so complex to deal with in one show. Instead of enlightening the viewers and make them understand that transexuality is normal and cross dressing is fine, we ended up creating more confusion by bringing some guests who didn’t even know what they were.
The show was about to end and I was starting to get pissed that Female-to-Male transexuals weren’t being represented. But wait: “After the break…Mohammad Ali will tell us HIS story next!”
It’s so shameful that the entire Female to Male population in Lebanon was represented by this example. 3ayb. Why not bring a man who was born a woman but now has a penis? Where’s the success story?
The saying goes: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”.
In this case, I say: “If you don’t have anything useful to say, don’t put on a show”.
May 15th, 2011