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.