Shiaas Party Too..

Think of Tim Murphy’s “Dancing on the Edge” piece for the New York Times as a print version of Richard Quest’s Beirut parties video (gloriously criticized by Nasri here) only with gorgeous photographs of an HDR Beirut citiscape and beautiful people.

It’s also as superficial and laden with stereotypes, as witnessed by this paragraph:

To Beirut’s art-and-party crowd — which consists mostly of French-educated Maronite Catholics but includes doses of Christian Orthodox, Sunni Muslims and Druse — the question of whether the new government will regain some kind of productivity doesn’t appear to matter.

For the record, some of the craziest and most hip partiers I’ve met in Beirut are Shiaa (not to mention English-educated).

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  • Habib Battah

    It immediately reminded me of the post on Richard Quest. I would argue that this piece is even worse because it links the affluent twenty something party crowd to some sort of “creative class”–and one curiously dominated by French Catholics. A wildly Orientalist fantasy indeed. See more of my critique here:

  • Nasri Atallah

    It was really hard to get all the way to the end of this article. It’s like he’s thrown every cliche in the book at the wall to see what would stick. And what’s with giving ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING a sectarian vibe. I mean it could be contextual if it’s done once, but telling us that hipsters are all Maronites and Orthodox. Big time LOL. Shame on the NYT. Lazy journalism at its worst. A guy who was shown around town, presumably by one person, and who shows no curiosity beyond what his fixer shows him.

  • Mustapha

    I sometimes seriously wonder if someone, maybe a Beirut hotelier or PR firm, pays these journalists to show up and just give them the talking point.

    The lack of investigation is probably due to wanting to pay for “cheap” journalists..

  • fatsamurai

    a load of twaddle

  • Mariam

    I don’t know how people have the heart to sit and write articles like this. ridiculous.

  • Ahmed

    To rephrase what Mustapha wrote: THE craziest partiers are actually shiaa, and not just some of them are… Hypocrites indeed, as you’ll find them holding a drink in one hand and at the same time chanting: fida el sayid Hassan. I don’t comprehend how they can marry between their liberalism and blind support for an extremist cleric

    • fatsamurai

      Woah woah, lots of hatred in you sunshine why the generalisation?

    • Mustapha

      Ahmed, You’re not being any better than that article. You’re also brandishing generalizations –tinged with deep seated hate– on an entire sect.

  • Bahjat

    These comments sound like people are mixing business with pleasure: Not necessary…… in a country where sectarian politics is everyones business, partying till dawn is their only pleasure.
    What applies to “Shiaa’s party too” here is applicable to all other sectarian cliches……just replace one by another, looking at it from another perspective.
    Let’s acknowledge one thing, giving this journalist some credit: Yes, teenagers(from certain social educational, and financial backgrounds) do have the same aspirations and share the “Lebanese” love of life culture……until they are faced with realities of life in Lebanon later on, where some drop out and the rest continue to follow the active social stream.
    Yes, Shiaa’s mourning AL Hussain do party, same as Armenian’s mourning a more recent massacre do :)
    For some reason, it seems like a new trend now that people are culturally marked by their sect, even within the same community. We lived in Lebanon even during the civil war, and it was not like that. Some things are bound to be discovered, like how my kids(born and brought up abroad) discovered which sect they belonged to only few months after returning to Beirut recently.