Saturday, December 02, 2006

Video: Franjieh's Disgusting Remarks



For those of you who haven't heard it yet, here is the video of former Minister and pro-Syrian ally Suleiman Franjieh, making dispariging and insulting remarks about the leader of the Maronite church in Lebanon, Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir, in an interview on Hizballah television station Al-Manar. Literally translated, the Maronite former minister's remarks read as follows:

"...they are too scared to move, they even sent their women to Bkirki. I don't know, yesterday, I think the Patriarch got aroused by the sight of all these women in Bkirki,..."
The former minister has since tried to back down from his remarks, attributing the huge negative reaction he received to a misinterpretation of his words. To those readers who don't understand arabic, the connotations of his words (even though literally they could be taken to mean something else) and the intonnations of his voice as he was making the remarks, leave little doubt as to his real intentions and meaning.
Notice the giggling in the background as he made the remarks. As the media outlet for a political party with fundamentalist undertones, Al Manar is seen as a television station with a religious tint, all female broadcasters appearing on the station are required to wear the traditional muslim hijab. As such, the remarks have taken on even larger negative connotations for a majority of the country's sectarianly defined population.

8 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:56 PM

    intal hayyouj ya sleiman!!!

    if it was hassoun instead of sfeir there would be hundreds of yellow-flagged scooters vandalizing achrafieh. i say a few monks should ride on zgharta and cause a little havoc themselves.

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  2. Anonymous12:58 AM

    Scandaleux, quel porc...

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  3. Everyone is now used to this kind of cheap politics by the "Beik". May we remind him that those widows were in Bkirki because their husbands were murdered; maybe killed by a side he knows too well.

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  4. Anonymous10:35 AM

    if a religious person is being involved into the politics, he has not to be exempted of attacks.

    It is true for both nasrallah's sfeir and hassan.

    the problem with franjieh is that he is too honest, he cannot refrain the talk of his tongue. It is his major problem

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  5. The funniest thing is that they're saying he meant "Exciting" by the word. I mean come on, if he's talking on the phone to a TV where he knows every word he says is weighted, isn't he enough of a wise and respectful leader to balance his words? He's... an idiot :S

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  6. Anonymous,
    " the problem with franjieh is that he is too honest". So let ask me you for a clarification: Saying that the Patriaarch got "aroused" is speaking with honesty? First of all what Frajieh said is an insult and not a political statement. Second, this is not honesty this is a major lack of simple manners. Third of all, "if a religious person is being involved into the politics, he has not to be exempted of attacks", Nasrallah is a religious figure (and a political one) and if he critized or is a subject of jokes then we're going to have major unrest in our streets. So I guess your words should first and foremost be addressed to Nasrallah's supporters, or are they just blind pro-Syrian arguments ?

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  7. Anonymous10:50 PM

    Ib, anonymous said "It is true for both nasrallah's sfeir and hassan."

    i am not the same anonymous.

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  8. Anonymous12:09 PM

    Maronites priests can marry so they do function like normal men ...as such arousal is not forbidden lest it was lust ...And i think SF did apologise for assuming Sfeir was still functional....

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