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LBC hits again: “(a)Hmar Bil KHat El3areed” poorly researched episode on queers.

(a)Hmar Bil Khat El3areed

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.

In short “khalteen el 7ebil bil nebil”.

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.

– A boy wearing an all-girl outfit (looked adorable as a girl) who doesn’t want to be a boy. He wants to be a girl. But the thought of sleeping with a boy doesn’t feel correct (considering he still has a penis and basically doesn’t have the female genitalia to sleep with a guy)

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.

A special episode should have been dedicated to F-to-M and M-to-F transsexuals. Another episode should have been dedicated to transvestites.Another episode should have been dedicated to gays who wanted to convert to straight.

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!”


After the break, it turned out that Mohammad Ali was:
A woman who likes to be called by her male name. She was married and now has a kid. But after she was physically and emotionally abused by her husband she decided she doesn’t want to be a woman anymore, so she wears a hat, hides her long hair, and doesn’t like to be called by her female name. Is this really a F-to-M transexual? Or is it a woman who has been so traumatized that she wants to be a man? No one knew.

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

By Beirut Boy @BeirutBoy

  1. May 16, 2011 at 11:36 am

    WOW, a great post as usual dear.

    TBH, i did not watch the episode, and i am sure that our ” trusted Lebanese blogger ” did well by representing the whole episode the way he did above.

    It is not the first time that Malek makes the same mistake by hosting an unprepared show. Who knows??? Maybe he is doing it on purpose so that the audience can react more and more with his facial signs!!! Don’t you remember when he says: ” OUF ” or ” WAW ” or ” 3anjad ” ………..

    Thank you for sharing dear, keep it going.

  2. Chris Mtl
    February 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks for your post!
    I think it is awesome! I just have few things to say:
    I don’t think it is important that people know “what” they are! It is the reality that people do not want to indentify as gay or lesbian or transexual or man to woman!
    I am a guy who is interested in men! I don’t want people to put an etiquette on me: “He is gay!” I don’t identify as gay!
    Also, I don’t think I am a type of person.
    Also, if I identify as a woman but was born with a penis, i will be sad hearing I am a male-to-female!

    It is very sad to see the “presentateur” shocked or not respecting the gender identity of the guests!
    It is also sad that not all the genders are represented in the show.

    The subject is very complex! The show is about to discover what we are or what we do! How we live! It does not create a safe space and the guests do not represent who I am!
    It creates more stereotypes!

  3. Chris Mtl
    February 18, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Oh sorry!
    I think I confused with another episode!
    I did not watch this episode and I am really sorry for my post!
    I am also sorry fot not reading very well your post!

  4. rudyem2013
    April 5, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    MUSIC VIDÉO : Artists transvestites through time.
    Rudyem – Cliché in Liberty : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWHVjs00Ljs

    Big kiss :p



  5. Amale Khouri
    March 20, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Dear Malek , yesterday’s program about beauty surgery was not complete , it needed a main question which is , Are these ladies and this young man really beautiful ??? what do they know about beauty ??? those fake lips and those balloons on their cheeks , they consider this is beauty , Oh My God , they are well crafted just to scare people , and they call themselves beautiful ?????/Iam not against beauty surgeries but Ladies you are sooooooo over .

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