27 October 2012
WWE Diva and Ringside announcer Lilian Garcia was reportedly struck down by a car in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon. The Diva, who recently spoke out against bullying after being taunted on live TV by WWE veteran Triple H, suffered "multiple contusions and lacerations on the left side of her body" but is fortunately expected to make a full recovery.
Her neck has been immobilized by doctors and she remains under observation. There haven't been any hospital pictures released yet.
25 October 2012
Mr. McMahon certainly has an interesting family ! On one hand his wife, Linda McMahon has spent an astonishing $42 million on her senate seat campaign, a figure which PWmania works out to be health insurance for 3 years.
Meanwhile daughter Stephanie posted this fantastic picture of herself apparently working out, looking ripped. Vince McMahon must be a proud daddy !
15 October 2012
On one hand, the Girls Scouts of USA, an organisation with universal values; the President of the USA; and the U.N. Secretary General are all united in their support for Malala Yousufzai, the righteous Pakistani girl who stood up to the threats of the Taliban thugs by demanding education for girls in Pakistan.
Fatwas have been issued but this time against the hooded thugs who shot her. In Britain (where she is undergoing treatment) former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has even initiated a petition which he intends to submit personally to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.
It is thus most regrettable that in this background of good-intended global support, the first celebrity to 'debut' in the celebrity solidarity was 54 year old Madonna Ciccone. The entertainer, who has adopted more babies than the average Joe could care to count, reacted somewhere along these lines ;
"This made me cry." "The 14-year-old schoolgirl who wrote a blog about going to school. The Taliban stopped her bus and shot her. Do you realise how sick that is?
The theatrics would have worked if only the American singer did not deem it fitting to tattoo Malala's name across her back and strip tease on stage ! If there's any doubt of her lack of sincerity, there is nothing to look beyond her disgusting act and the (predictably) inappropriate response her vulgar act evoked from the crowd. Madonna was never known for her abundance of morals but there's a difference between obscenity and bold creativity. After calling on her fans to vote for the 'Black Muslim in the White House', an act explained for her deaf fans with an OBAMA tattoo ( of the temporary type, fortunately), she followed up with the latest P.R blunder at her performance in Los Angeles's Staples Centre, dedicating her song Human Nature to the child activist. An ironic title, calling into question the nature of the mother of four's infamous for her antics.
Just what was Her Madgesty thinking ? That little stunt might have far deeper ramifications than she might ever realize. For one thing, the Taliban, as rustic and medieval minded as they may be, are not stupid. In fact in what can only be described as a propaganda coup, they defeated the intellect and judgement of the CIA well enough to get a double agent strapped with explosives to enter an American base without security checks (made redundant by trusting CIA officers) and blow himself up, killing several CIA personnel in one of the worst attacks in recent years.
In fact, groups in Pakistan are already asserting the attack was orchestrated by the CIA as an excuse to continue drone strikes. With access to the internet, a Goebbelessian Taliban member could just about use Madonna's transparent (no pun intended) self promotion, which is shamelessly portrayed as solidarity, to justify why democracy, which unfortunately is represented by Madonna in this case, is "is the symbol of the infidels and obscenity"- words that had no basis when originally used to refer to Malala by the Pakistani Taliban. While that still doesn't change (with respect to Yousufzai) , the picture of Madonna with Malala's name on it would go much further in pictorially promoting Taliban propaganda in the hands of a Photoshop-proficient Taliban member than any pamphlet could. As always, a picture speaks a thousand words even if it is misleading.
Yousufzai is a decent Muslim girl whose sincerity and courage has made her a role model and heroine for countless girls worldwide; the last thing she needs is Madonna's vulgarity to taint the noble effort to provide education in Pakistan and promote peace and stability. The best Madge can do would be to stay away.
Let's just hope that Gharib Goebbels doesn't read this blog.
External Links* Excellent NY Times documentary on Yousufzai and her father in 2009.
* Yousufzai's BCC blog
22 August 2012
Bikini in Lebanon
The first thing that must have went in the minds of most of the people reading this must be : A swimwear show in Lebanon ? In Faraya, north-east of Beirut five-star the Intercontinental Mzaar Hotel held a bikini show to attract more tourists to Lebanon. The promotional event is expected to revive the tourism flow to 'Switzerland of the Middle East. According to Moussa, a ski instructor, the fashion show has helped bring people to the slopes again. "We usually depend on February and March to earn extra money, but this year it came very late," he said.
Despite the fact that Hezbollah, the 2006 War with Israel and the Nahr Al Bared conflict are the images that resonates in the mind of people when they think of Lebanon, what most people are unaware of is Lebanon's rich, multi-cultural history. Being a former French colony and thus a francophone country (French is widely spoken), the Lebanese nation has been long noted for it's beautiful women and its reputation as the most Westernised Arab country, culturally, linguistically and ideologically (doesn't apply to Hezbollah though).
In fact, English and French are so common, the Arabic language is threatened. Yes, in an Arab country.
The country has a prominent Christian population, with about 40% of the country being Maroonite. Vince Vaugh and Colombian singer Shakira are celebrities of Lebanese origin.