How Lebanon Kissed Salma Hayek’s Ass Like No Ass Has Been Kissed Before

Overwhelming refugee crisis? Nope.

The fact that it has been over a year that our parliament convened in session to vote for a president? Nope.

All other issues worth discussing about the country? Nope.

Salma Hayek visiting? YES, YES, YES.

In order to stay up to date, little as I want to, with what’s happening in my very beloved country, I usually turn to my social media feeds. As it goes: if it’s important enough to become a twitter thing, then you should be aware of it.

Salma Hayek was a Twitter thing. A Facebook thing. An Instagram thing. A get out of my face thing. A don’t we have other things to worry about thing. An everything kind of thing. A “are we seriously still talking about this” thing. A “awwww Lebanese pride, bitches” thing.

It had been a while since I saw my country, even if from afar, kiss ass in such a glorious way. Not only was the nation all over Salma Hayek’s Mexican-American ass, we were also salivating all over it, begging her for the minimal and most mundane of acknowledgment. We are here, we matter, recognize us please, breathe our air please, share our sewage system we beg you.

1 – We Gave Her A Freaking Citizenship

Salma Hayek Lebanese citizenship

Salma Hayek’s grandfather was Lebanese. Sure, she has “legal” right to get the citizenship, but so do a whole lot of other people of Lebanese origins who have been blessed by the Almighty Lord to have the semen-given part of their genome be Lebanese. Salma Hayek lands in the country and not only do we run to give her a citizenship, I bet we also gave her a very nice “golden” civil registry number. I’m also sure her national ID card number was golden. Her passport number? Platinum, I bet!

Never mind that it actually takes presidential decrees to nationalize. Never mind that the country doesn’t really have a path of citizenship to begin with. Never mind that there are hundreds of people of Lebanese-origins who have been trying to get our very precious citizenship for years to no avail. Never mind that our country won’t even let Salma Hayek pass her citizenship to her daughter, like the so many Lebanese mothers who have been struggling for years and whose children are more Lebanese than Hayek.

Certainly, Salma Hayek should get our citizenship. Because being Mexican, and American and being married to a French guy are definitely not enough. Lebanon trumps them all.

2 – We Hosted Her On Kalam Ennas:

Kalam Ennas Marcel Ghanem

I usually associate Kalam Ennas’ special episodes with matters of national crisis that require the country to halt all programming in order to accommodate the necessary political diarrhea to be spewed. Not this time.

Salma Hayek was in the country. How could we not host her? How could we not flaunt to the entire world that she was giving Lebanon its very first movie premiere EVER. How could Marcel Ghanem miss the opportunity to boost his interviewing record by interviewing…. just some B-list actress who happened to grace the country with her presence?

What’s your name, Marcel would ask. Salma would answer. He’d sit dumbfounded. She was proud of having Lebanese heritage, as if it was a multiple choice question with more than one option. She forgot her purse at the terminal because she was pre-occupied with the Cedar she was given. They ran after her. She didn’t care, mostly because she has 46342753851371357 other purses, because that Cedar was her whole country.

Jmade, wli. 

3 – Sethrida Geagea Joined Twitter

Sethrida Geagea Twitter Salma Hayek

In order to capitalize on the buzz that was generated by Salma Hayek visiting Bsharre and the subsequent fashion showdown, Sethrida Geagea decided to join twitter. She has tweeted 4 times so far. 3 of those 4 tweets are about Salma Hayek and her visit to Bsharre. Of course, Lebanese media did not see it from this perspective because they were pre-occupied with the fact that Sethrida Geagea was better looking than Salma Hayek.

How is that possible? A Lebanese is better looking than a Hollywood star? How could that be? Is it even remotely possible that Salma Hayek could be human and not the God she was made out to be? What does Samir think about all of this? Next time, on Lebanese Serial.

4 – We Suddenly Cared About Syrian Refugees

It took Salma Hayek visiting the Syrian Refugee camps for those refugees to become news again. Were they important enough during Lebanon’s relatively harsh winter? Nope. Are they important in absolute value? No. But we can’t let Salma Hayek know we don’t care. So for the few days she was here, of course we’d show how much we cared for those refugees… as long as we capture that perfect Kodak Moment in order to show how much we care to the whole wide world.

Don’t you see those poor babies? That huggable little girl? All those miserable people in subpar conditions? Don’t let anyone tell you we’re not helping them… We made sure Salma Hayek visited!

5 – The Prophet Is Now Everyone’s Favorite Book. Ever.

In between all the mania surrounding her visit, I bet Salma Hayek almost forgot why she was here in the first place: to promote her upcoming movie to the country that made it.

Yes, it technically premiered at Cannes last year. Yes, there was also technically a premiere at Doha earlier this year. Yes, the book on which the movie is based was written in the United States and in English. Yes, Salma Hayek probably came here because part of the funding of the movie was via a Lebanese bank.

But goddammit, no. She’s here to show how proud she is of her Lebanese heritage, which is clearly exemplified in The Prophet, a book about how the wonderful stringing of words together can be and how easy it is to repeat them at funerals, weddings, graduations and other miscellaneous occasions.

Subsequently, The Prophet has now become Lebanon’s official favorite book, even possibly beating The Bible and the Quran. Don’t let priests and sheikhs know, though. “Your children are not your children” has been quoted so many times I’m beginning to search for children that may not be mine.

I bet the movie will be the movie of the year too!

Bonus: Elissa Was Fangirling

A picture is worth several hundred words. How about a bunch?

113 thoughts on “How Lebanon Kissed Salma Hayek’s Ass Like No Ass Has Been Kissed Before

  1. Sorry to say that, to my opinion, we have been kissing so many asses that salma Hayek’s one appears (and tastes) like znoud es sit in a forest of falafels. And I am sure it’s less hairy than the ones we are used to!

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  2. I got to know she was in Lebanon thanks to facebook. And I would have loved to meet her in person. You are perfectly right about the Lebanese situation on different fronts and about the kissing ass Lebanese people do, which I can assure you that you can find that exact kissing ass you can find it in every country on the face of the planet earth. If human species live on other planets I assure you they would kiss asses there too. I sure know as a fact I’ve love doing much more than just kissing the ass of ex lovers of mine, I bet we all do 🙂
    Regardless of all this I’m happy and proud that Salma Hayek is known worldwide to be of Lebanese origins and that she mentioned at many times that she is proud of her roots. Hi5 and big respect for those words. I am not here to judge her in any way as I am not God plus all I know of her are positive and respectful things and I am sure we would have a much better quality time and more educational time as well by spending time with her instead of all the political and religious ones who are controlling this country and being controlled by God knows how many countries out there.
    Infinite Love, Peace and Prosperity for All 🙂
    #JpcHealing #JeanPierreChalouhi

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  3. All valid points, but a little too cynical. Sure it’s stupid and pathetic. Of course no one gives a shit. But you make it come off as a “Lebanese” thing. It’s not a Lebanese thing. It always makes news when a celebrity visits a city/country/hometown that nobody cares about because, well, it makes a difference. It benefits that place.
    Do we have other things to worry about? Sure we do. Does that take anything away from her visit? Not really. She made Lebanon international news for 15 minutes (she’s actually an A-lister), she reminded us of some important issues that tend to become mundane after a while (in all countries, not just Lebanon) and she shed some good light on a country that too many people still recall as “where the war is”.
    Regardless of the silly excitement, the fact of the matter is; she’s good for the country. Pure and simple. It’s true that the refugee camps stopped making news for a long time. And now they’re back in the news (not just ours, but international news). Who cares HOW the job is done as long as it gets done. I really can’t see the harm in it.
    So let the people be silly. Cause at the end of the day, my home will be a better place for it.

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    • Nothing silly about all that.. silliness is to spend so much effort criticising it .
      What is ‘lebanese’ is the author out of scale criticism. ..

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      • I agree. There’s a fine line between sarcasm and plain negativity. Some lines in the article were funny. The general context is very real. There’s indeed nothing sillier than to divert ourselves from real issues to make headlines for a Hollywood star’s visit to the country. But the blogger here practically trashed Hayek and for what exactly…? Shame on her for succeeding in Hollywood! How dare she step foot in Lebanon and state that she’s proud of her roots? How dare she accept the citizenship when they offered it to her? She should have refused and created an even bigger scandal! #Walaaaaw.
        But the truth is Selma Hayek is actually an A-lister and she had been working her ass off for years to get that movie done. She was involved in every aspect of the production from the start, and knowing how much Hollywood is sexist, what she’s achieved actually commands respect. It took one Lebanese hater, I mean blogger to rank her as a “B-lister” and ridicule all her efforts… Oh how original and different indeed. #LawElJamalBiShoofHerdabto

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  4. Actually Selma Hayek is an A-lister. She is so simple, natural , smart , emotional and funny. I enjoyed watching her at kalam ennas more than watching anyone else since kalam ennas started. Wish all lebanese would learn from her beautiful traits. At least no talking about politics or religion.

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  5. 3al lebnen w men el ekhir…
    RAYTIK KHRITE W MA 7KITE.
    W SALMA 7AYEK BTESTEHAL EL JENSIYEH AKTAR MENNIK.

    STUPID ARTICLE

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  6. Most of what is said in the article is true, however, this is not the first time the lebanese kiss an ass that much, only that usually it is some politician’s ass! For once, it is for something entertaining, something related to culture, to an internationally renowned book and writer, to a great movie (which i watched and witch i advise everyone to watch)! Unfortunatly the lebanese people were overwhelemed because they are not used to something positive happening to ther country! Had all the stars who go sing in Dubai came to do their concerts in Lebanon, lebanese would have done the same for them, but with nothing in return! This lovely A class actress at least brought an international attention to our country, in a beautiful and intellectual way, this is how i would love lebanon and people of lebanese origins to be talked about in international media, not the ugly picture of war, crimes & political corruption!

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  7. I’ve always been a fan of satire.. But usually because it is logical and offers hyperboles on a solid rigid fact base. This article is actually desperately searching for negatives in this recent event to the point where a politician joining Twitter is proof that Salma Hayek’s behind was kissed..

    It is one thing to be critical with a positive constructive aim, and a whole other thing to be just simply, negative..

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    • The article shows a different approach to how one can view things, with a bit of skepticism.

      Maybe it could help people find a more balanced way to look at such events.

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  8. Most of what is said in the article is true, however, this is not the first time the lebanese kiss an ass that much, only that usually it is some politician’s ass! For once, it is for something entertaining, something related to culture, to an internationally renowned book and writer, to a great movie (which i watched and which I advise everyone to watch)! Unfortunatly the lebanese people were overwhelemed because they are not used to something positive happening to their country! Had all the stars who go sing in Dubai came to do their concerts in Lebanon, lebanese would have done the same for them, but with nothing in return! This lovely A class actress at least brought an international attention to our country, in a beautiful and intellectual way, this is how i would love lebanon and people of lebanese origins to be talked about in international media, not the ugly picture of war, crimes & political corruption!

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    • Yes I’m sure the author is so jealous. All he does is think of how jealous he is and vented his frustration in an article….

      If you actually read the article, you’d understand it has nothing to do with being jealous. Unless you’ve read it, and that would be something else….

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  9. Such a pessimistic person. We do not need pessimistic people like you in our country. 4 days of joy for the lebanese people is not a bad thing and is far from being ass kissing. Yes she is amazing, yes she is worth everything that was done to her and more, yes the prophet is the best book of all times, and just live with it.

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    • Hahaha, so emotional, we need people of all types to make a successful country, not inbred homogeneity, nothing good comes out of segregation and the Prophet is a great book, but not necessarily the best book of all time for everyone everywhere, it’s very relative and personal, chill…

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  10. “The Prophet, a book about how the wonderful stringing of words together can be and how easy it is to repeat them at funerals, weddings, graduations and other miscellaneous occasions.” Really?? I don’t care about u flipping out over Salma Hayek, but trashing a book that’s been written by an accomplished artist and philosopher and translated into 40 languages?! who are u? Hahahaha! If u consider urself even remotely close to education and intellect u should never have even considered writing those words… I am amazed at the level of trash ppl are willing to consent on in this country.. mediocre article written by a wannabe

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    • I totally agree with you Alice ! So what if Marcel Ghanem hosted an interview with Salma, what’s wrong with that ?! If anything it was a well appreciated diversion from political debates. Moreover, the interview was actually very pleasant and It was nice to see that a movie was done about such a masterpiece. Also, is it so bad that “The Prophet” was praised by people on social media ? Why not ? Grant it I haven’t read the book yet, because I have been busy with exams, but It has certainly been on my “To Read” list for quite a while, but it being a bestseller and highly praised by critics, it’s gotta be good right ? And so what if Salma’s visit had media coverage ? She’s a successful actress and humanitarian who like a lot of diaspora has accomplished so much and we should be proud of her instead of breathing down her neck ! Instead of being cynical about her visit, try to be half as ambitious as she was and maybe you’d be praised instead of writing articles drenching of poorly-elaborated sarcasm and cynical thoughts that are definitely uncalled for. Definitely a wannabe you are !
      Not only that, but when you write an article, you should make sure of your info first ! Salma has been a citizen since 2009 through the Lebanese embassy in Mexico! Is that a downer much on your ego ?
      And another thing, Lebanon has taken in syrian refugees long before Salma came here, and even though we have no resources we still helped syrian refugees out, does that seem like we don’t care ? What do you want us to do ? Trade our homes with them and go live in the tents ourselves ? Pathetic Article

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  11. As long we have people we psychological issues like you who are only good in bullshiting on blogs we will never have a good country….the main event was the book idiot …which is for the first time will be on the big screen .a book for the one of the most smart writes and philosophe and he is libanese .you should be proud not critisizing like a pregnant woman…you should ne happy that the media is showing us another image of leb ,not only the fighting amd the politics ….my suggestion to you if you have something good to say or add do it otherwise just shut up .

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      • Hahaha, it amazes me how ignorant you, McDonald, are on the subject ! Gibran Khalil Gibran not only spoke arabic perfectly, but even wrote in arabic. Are you not familiar with his famous work “Al Ajniha Al Moutakassira” also known as “Broken Wings” ? It was first published in arabic and then translated to other languages, or did you think he only wrote the Prophet ? Pathetic.

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      • Really? U could have just googled instead of humiliating urself like that… Pathetic ignorants bragging about their “knowledge”!

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    • Great suggestion! You are such a great authority on who and what people should say!

      If we lived in a world like what you’ve suggested, a world were we kick out people with “psychological issues” (other than the fact that you’d be the first to be kicked out) we’d live in a shit hole inhumane place, we need thinkers of all kinds to make a fruitful society! A place where we protect people with psychological issues and not use it as an insult.

      Telling someone that they should be proud because of a person who just happens to have Lebanese genes ages ago accomplished something great is plain ridiculous, be proud of your politicians then, the very ones that treat us like kettle. Using “pregnant women as an insult is bigoted and also derogatory towards all our mothers, including yours.

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  12. she was not naturalized to need a president, actually her parents did their duty and registered her in the embassy when she was born.
    like someone said in the comment, you are trying too hard to look for negatives, its your right, but regarding this issue, its better to do your research before writing something so erroneous .

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  13. Seriously it is sad to see people like this writer, writing about the negativity of such big international events, that could reflect a good side of Lebanon to the World, rather than the constant image of corruption, instability and even terrorism.
    Dear writer, what could this article do good to our country and society ? If u wrote this to state ur opinion, then it was such a waste of time. It would have been much better if u had spent this time analyzing the importance of hollywood star Salma Hayek’ work, for example, showing the whole world a masterpiece of Gibran s work and introducing Gibran to people who still have not heard of him… I hope at least u had read The prophet book to understand its importance.
    Lebanon has always been a source of great philosophers, writers, musicians, artists ! All of this comes above corruption and religious conflicts. Therefore i am so grateful to Hayek’s work and i could care less about her visit ceremonies. I also enjoyed Marcel Ghanem s interview with her and i appreciate the effort he does.
    I agree with you in some points that u have said, however, if ur living in Lebanon and probably u are, i bet u do know well the flaws of our society, and honestly i did not see anything new or worth criticizing.
    So please next time stay positive and choose ur words wisely. U cannot generalize and say LEBANON kissed Salma s ass, may b its true for some, including u, but others who are artists, intellectuals, writers…are definitely not !
    Cheers 🙂

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      • If u read right u should have undestood that what he means is that the writer could have put his time in use for a positive purpose that brings added value to humanity… But i guess u r too busy commenting (aggressively) on almost EVERY comment here that ur

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        • … That u cant get all points anymore. I guess u r too emotionally attached to that “article”. And the guy is stating his opinion in his comment. Just like the writer and u did 🙂 i dont think i saw him dictating his opinion or commanding the death of whoever wrote it so chill

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        • What defines positive and added value to humanity? Shutting up and not writing your opinions?

          The author is bringing added value to humanity by writing an article with a different point of view and not just blindly following.

          His article is not perfect perhaps, and criticizing it is not wrong, but to tell him he’s wasting his time because he’s bringing forward ideas that you might not agree with is ridiculous.

          You are attacking the writer here and not the article.

          If we hushed all our writers and thinkers, what type of society would we be signing up for?
          It’s good and healthy to present different points of view and discuss and argue them, not just by blindly attacking the writer, but by bringing forward opposing view points.

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          • Of course everyone’s entitled to free speech.
            Can we maybe all agree that perhaps there was a little too much ass-kissing by the generally useless politicians and public figures BUT that some degree of glamour association and attention on Lebanon aside from Khomeini-loving Hizbos or Tripoli-residing nut cases is not a bad thing? I’m in Malaysia and the visit has a half page dedicated to it in the culture section of one national newspaper (and a mention of The Prophet and its cultural significance and previously I saw news snippets on this as well while in Los Angeles. Is that such a terrible thing? Isn’t it nice when we hear about world class talent like Elie Saab dressing the world’s most high profile celebrities and figures? Broadcasting our skills? Getting the country’s image out there as a hub of creativity, talent and yes GLAMOUR is in everyone’s benefit in the end. The nation relies on tourism whether we like it or not. We need rich Latin and Central Americans of Lebanese heritage to visit and maybe even invest. It would be a nice change from endless Saudi, Emirati, Kuwaiti and God-forbid–anyone-says-it dodgy made-in-Africa money…!!

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  14. Min al m3a2ad al fechil yali ketab hal article??? How silly you are. Lash ma2hourin hl2ad min Salma Hayek???? Because she love and believe in Lebanon? Or because she is showing a good image of it? Or because she is talking about the GREAT Gebran Khalil Gebran, and the RICHEST BOOK EVER?? The book and the author that all the world read and teach about him except in Lebanon, because of some “mourtazaka” responsible as the writer of this article, has nothing to do with Lebanon. Those shitty people that want to i7eshrou tizon bl 2ouwe b Lebnan and change its image. Those same people that when you mention the word “Phoenician” get frustrated.
    Yes! we want to give a VERY BIG importance to every successful Lebanese that is proud of her/his nation and is working very hard to show how great and beautiful Lebanon is in all its mean.
    Its very obvious that who wrote that article is an ass kisser mn al tiraz al awal…. Galoopppsss.
    Get a life… loser!

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      • wow, impressive, can go to how low you are!!! ofcourse those who read Gebran do not need to defend how much of a Lebanese he was… go read, get educated, find a life LOL

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      • So easy to jump conclusions without any direct evidence.

        Presenting different view points, points that sometimes, not always align with what the writer has said, means I am the writer?

        Is that how you go at understanding and figuring things out in all aspects of your life?

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      • Tante, I wrote this article with my name. Nothing on this blog is posted anonymously unless stated so, and I sure as hek won’t comment anonymously here. If you can’t bother look up the name of the author, then I feel sorry for you.

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  15. Lebanon as a country is hopeless. Lebanese as a people are doomed to drown in the own hell they’ve created for themselves. The country is a cesspool for the morally bankrupt and corrupt, no wonder Lebanese value superficiality over depth. Salma Hayek is exhibit A of the decadence that has and will always plague a country that has illusions of grandeurs the likes of which Napoleon would shy away from.
    Salma Hayek is of Lebanese ORIGINS meaning that at some point in her genealogical tree, there was a Lebanese rotten apple hanging there, that doesn’t mean she’s Lebanese. We only assusme she is because she visited the country on some PR scheme to better sell her movie.

    I simply hope that, one day, the overinflated mamoth of an ego will pop and bring back Lebanon down to earth from whence it hails. until then, keep being arrogant and stupid..

    From a “fan’: Fuck you Lebanon and all that you claim to stand for !

    peace

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    • Salma is of origins and appreciated Lebanon more than you!!! what hate you have inside you??? She came for PR, in LEBANON??? she left the whole world’s audience and came to Lebanon for PR hahahahah, what is the number of audience that will be watching in Lebanon compared to the audience of the world??? i don’t know what sick sect you are from but for sure a looser one LOL, dream on…

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  16. Freedom of speech is a great thing…it allows everyone and anyone to say whatever they feel like, even ignorant and silly articles like this one can be posted and read by millions!
    It is very easy to sit behind a screen somewhere and criticize, especially for someone who considers that events are only important if they make it to Twitter!!!!
    Anyway, I think I have waisted enough time reading this nonsense, I just wish to say that in spite of our constitutional vacuum, we still have a very serious Syrian refugees crisis, and people living in Lebanon can see this everyday, and many of them help in whatever way they can…
    I would love to reed an article about Lebanese people who live abroad and think they have somehow become better than other people!
    Thank you Selma Hayek for taking the time to visit Lebanon and giving some more visibility to our situation; I bet this is a lot more than what many Lebanese living abroad ever did to help their country (knowing that the majority of these Lebanese do actually try to help).
    PS: Even if this article is on Twitter and Facebook, it is still neither news nor important to me. Congrats on your 15 minutes of undeserved fame.

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  17. if someone read this article will think that Salma hayek is a terrorist . tell me plz what she did wrong ? ( she is an actress and this is her job ) what Marcel did wrong ? (this is his job ) . lbc broadcast the event ( this is her job ) … these are career that give a positive image about Lebanon . Tell ME NOW what is your job ? what do you do ? is it better to watch a program about da3ech or boko haram or tv Manar ?

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    • Is that what you got from the article? it’s a piece on Lebanese society not on Salma Hayek. the critiques aren’t aimed at all at her.

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  18. I dont like these kinds of articles, they are negative towards the country and those who hail from it. It gives a sense of self hatred and false intellectualism. I would much rather see positive remarks about movie premiers, especially those celebrating Lebanon, see Salma visiting refugee camps as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and her getting her citizenship, than listening to illegitimate MPs and representatives in government spewing lies. Don’t be a self hater, celebrate your heritage. As far as the refugees are concerned, I believe it took all of you the same trip by Salma to notice them as well. We are a country filled with racism, prejudice and hate towards others of lesser fortune seeking shelter and refuge in our country.

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      • Talk about yourself McDonald!!! you are describing yourself here maybe no? unless you are NOT Lebanese which is very obvious… go somewhere else and do not say WE, as WE doesn’t belong to you… you are obviously a HATER to all beautiful Lebanese tings…
        Go away to where you belong, Lebanon, LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT…

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  19. I hope your aware that you are wasting your time… What you wrote we all see and agree with. Truth is we are all experts at criticism, pointing fingers and stating what’s wrong and right but we’re all too tucked up in our comfort zone to do anything about it (you included). I ask myself what did I learn from reading this article? What’s new? Who does it provoke? And the answer is Nothing and no one.

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  20. what a stupid impolite article made by some anti Lebanese amateur person!!!
    Whoever knows Salma envy Lebanon for having her on board…
    your article is by itself is a “kiss ass” article, trying to use impolite words to attract readers.
    SHAME ON YOU and whoever allowed you to post it!!! there is a huge difference between how Lebanese welcome a guest and what you are trying to indicate!! some international figure like Salma chose Lebanon to visit despite what going around it is something all Lebanese should be proud off, not criticizing!!! Salma is proud of Lebanon more than you are, Shame on you again!!! what did you expect Lebanese to do, let her stop a cab and tour on her own for you to be satisfied? if you do this to your guests and expect others to do the same it shows what level of person you are and i don’t believe you even have the right to talk about others!!!
    Looser!!!

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    • Salma doesn’t give a shit about Lebanon you pompous idiot. about time you open your eyes and smell the turd covered roses. Lebanon cannot welcome anyone if it’s not with Racism or with Terrorism. and that’s it.

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      • another anti Lebanese person that wants just to ruin anything beautiful about Lebanon!! you can’t be nothing but that!!! are you an Israeli???
        are you paid to do that??? i think all readers noticed your attempts…

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        • Beautiful? the mountains of trash? the arrogant wankers? the shitty and disgusting streets? the terrorists bombers? the turista inducing food? sure. greaaaat country

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  21. What’s with all this negativity ? Why can’t we just enjoy those little things? Why every time something nice happens in this country, we start bringing up the same issues: walaw inno we don’t have a president! Walaw the syrians refugees (which by the way, thousands of lebanese have put lots of efforts this winter to help them) , the electricity, the water (Thank God you didn’t talk about that too), the fact that a lebanese mother can’t grant her kids the lebanese nationality bla bla bla … What does all that have to do with Salma Hayek visiting Lebanon?
    Didn’t we show to the world, through Salma Hayek, the beautiful hospitality and generosity of the lebanese people? Let’s talk about that for a second and stop the drama!

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  22. Yes we have a refugee crisisj, and yes we have no president and its been a while, but whats wrong in embracing the only good thing that happened to us in a while ? Gibran khalil gibran is a lebanese heritage whose identity was slowly being stolen by the U.S. He is introduced as an american from lebanese origins in students textbooks over there and she reminded the world that he is lebanese ! Instead of writing a cynical article about our problems and how we react to good national event, why dont u get off ur ass and do something ( the minimum required ) about it. That why i hate u utopians, ur just good at nagging and making fun of the situation and make it look like u are involved when actually ur the ones who truly behave as “lebanese” ( the term u use to identify careless and lazy individuals ).
    P.S: so what if people claim that the prophet is there favorite book? That would only encourage more people to read it, if it is trendy as u subtly put it.

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  23. To be honest whoever wrote this article got few things right and every1 knows its not rocket science but us as lebanese we are full of shit w manna chatrin gher bel criticism w mafi chi bye3jbna! Whenever we see salma hayek on tv or any other lebanese origin celebrity we start to show off w us w us w us bass when shit hits the wall or even one of them visit leb and acknowledge their leb origins men sir netfalsaf!
    Everyone knows the perception of Lebanese abroad especially in Europe and USA, with this been said salma hayek or any other celebrity who can carry the leb nationality is a great thing, these people are opinion leaders and they can influence in a way or another, either she´s advertising her movie or doing whatever she wants, i look at the benefits of this event for us. They think we are Afghanistan watch a serie called homeland and ull understand. I think what they did for her is great and whatever problems and issues leb is going thru now has nothing to do with her ma yekhelto che3ben bi ramadan. We need positive things with everything thats happening arround us and when it happens its ok not criticize….for once…

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  24. To be honest whoever wrote this article got few things right and every1 knows its not rocket science but us as lebanese we are full of shit w manna chatrin gher bel criticism w mafi chi bye3jbna! Whenever we see salma hayek on tv or any other lebanese origin celebrity we start to show off w us w us w us bass when shit hits the wall or even one of them visit leb and acknowledge their leb origins men sir netfalsaf!
    Everyone knows the perception of Lebanese abroad especially in Europe and USA, with this been said salma hayek or any other celebrity who can carry the leb nationality is a great thing, these people are opinion leaders and they can influence in a way or another, either she´s advertising her movie or doing whatever she wants, i look at the benefits of this event for us. They think we are Afghanistan watch a serie called homeland and ull understand. I think what they did for her is great and whatever problems and issues leb is going thru now has nothing to do with her ma yekhelto che3ben bi ramadan. We need positive things with everything thats happening arround us and when it happens its ok not criticize….for once…

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  25. Great and fun article, people seem to take it too personally, and maybe it’s because there is some truth to what you’ve written.

    It seems that we latch on to any tiny shred of evidence or sign of self worth as if to prove to ourselves that we are great, that we’ve accomplished so much, when the reality is, as a nation, for all the reasons we already know of, we’re barely able to stand on our feet.

    Salma’s visit seems to have fed into our over bloated egos and over indulgent selves, temporarily alleviating us from a lot of our deep insecurities, especially of our self worth (such a great person is acknowledging her Lebanese ancestry, she has the passport too now! so do I! I must be great too! she acknowledges my existence! I feel great!) Any criticism towards it might be interpreted as an attack on our national pride. People need to chill.

    Only focusing on the positive is a form of escapism, this article shows another side to things, and maybe could help people have a more rounded view of the whole event.

    The frenzy over her visit is of course normal, she’s a celebrity, but the way a lot of people acted was quite pitiful and cheap, definitely not the way people with a bit of humility and self respect would act, it goes to show how deeply insecure they are and again desperately looking for things to be proud of.

    By only attacking and not even allowing oneself to interpret some of the points behind the article, it is evident that many are unwilling to accept, deal, talk about, bring forward or do anything about the deeper issues we are faced with as a people, from our relatively base-less pride to all the problems of our failed state. They have chosen what lens to wear, the ones that help them survive on a daily basis, the much needed lens to survive in Lebanon, the rose tinted ones, the ones of denial, doing their best to protect themselves from articles like yours, the only way they know.

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  26. Another lame “blogger” expressing exactly the typical Lebanese mentality I hate, jealous and incapable of understanding the fuss over something or someone, incapable of assuming that there are people who succeeded better than others and that they deserve recognition, preaching superiority with that awful question always coming back “min bikoun w min betkoun hayde”. Yes we are seeking recognition and there’s nothing bad about it. It’s called pride and you can feel it when you see Salma Hayek getting emotional because of her roots, Hiba Tawaji singing in Arabic in France and when you read The Prophet, this book you even manage to criticize. Well it’s called pride but you probably don’t know about it in your “state of mind”, a state of intellectual so supreme they can’t be affected by a visit, intellectual prick!

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  27. Is it necessary to always take the negativity out of everything? (Typical Lebanese) You should at least be proud of an intelligent and talented Lebanese person who achieved lots of things and arrived to some levels that no one had ever been to. I’m not saying that not voring for a president for more than 9 months is okay and we shouldn’t worry about this and settle the situation… But you guys keep ruining everything good and beautiful about our beloved country!

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    • Being proud of someone that you think has a connection to you through the fact that they have genes from the same country is ridiculous.

      And if you feel that articles that criticizes stuff are ruining everything beautiful and good about your country, you should maybe have a good think of what you think is truly good and beautiful.

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      • I feel ashamed to be living in the same country with you, for real. What should I be proud of? Not having a president for 9 months? Or having pessimistic and ignorant people like you? At least people with the same opinion as mine are trying to bring the best out of Lebanon because it truly is an amazing country. That’s why it was voted as the number 1 place in the world to be in 2011 and it’s still in the top 10. And its people are known everywhere they go in the world, and are the most successful ones in what they do, including the A-Lister Salma Hayek. I bet you’re living a hard life, and that’s what making you say this. Just try to always be positive, specially when it comes to Lebanon, because it’s a country that europeans and americans wish they could have, if you’re thinking that their countries are much better than your, and stop talking shit about the place you were born and raised i! (significant)

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        • No need to feel ashamed, there are bad people everywhere in the world, some countries even facilitate their lives and allow them to be above the law.

          People sharing their opinions, offering different points of views, is certainly not something to be ashamed of.

          I am all for sharing the love and the good parts of Lebanon, but I am also for highlighting the other bits, and to give them as much importance if not more, they are things that we have to deal with.

          The author is creating a balance by publishing an article like that. Highlighting that deep down inside, we know it’s not the best country in the world logistically speaking, and it doesn’t need to be the best country in the world and it’s ok to admit that, only once we admit that, we can start working on it, how can we improve it? we want solutions on a deeper level, yes a visit from a celebrity can help incrementally to raise awareness and stuff if done in the right way, but we need more concrete outcomes, and not just ravel in superficiality.

          Also, the reasons it was voted number 1 in 2011 is debatable. Number 1 to what? live in? to visit for 4 days? to raise a family? to get educated? to spend money and party hard? to eat great food? These are all relative to personal inclinations. No need to take these things so personally.

          On another note how would you know where I was born and raised, whether I live in Lebanon or not? Hard life or not? These are just assumptions, not evidence, and making accusations based on these doesn’t make sense.

          I’m sorry to say, that a lot of the Famous Lebanese you claim are known worldwide, don’t attribute themselves to Lebanon in a direct way. When and if they do claim so, what does it mean? and so what? They probably wouldn’t be in their positions without having lived abroad in the first place. Yes, having lived in Lebanon or an opening to Lebanon could maybe provide some depth and some sort of opening, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are famous just because they happen to have Lebanese roots or origins or are Lebanese!

          Europeans did have Lebanon at some point, Europeans, somehow led to the creation of Lebanon as we know it now. Yes all countries have problems but I can easily say that I am way happier outside of Lebanon then I ever was in Lebanon, but that’s personal. I love visiting Lebanon, but no way would I want to live there, not any time soon at least.

          Where I live, I can live a modest life, without having to worry about making crazy amounts of money, just to have my own generator, pay healthcare, worry about stupid rudimentary things etc. Many politicians take existing public modes of transportation, including bicycles, not heavily armed convoys at the expense of their citizens, creating huge amounts of paralyzing traffic. We get sent letters before any road works etc. to see if we reject or at least to warn us to not use the road months in advance, not just random construction here and there without warning. I know that the taxes I pay go to improving the lives of people around me, I see it, I witness it, it’s not perfect but it’s here and works to some extant!

          I love and appreciate the simple things like that, and hope that Lebanon will get there one day.

          All these baseless assumptions you make, make your arguments really weak. I admire the effort. I know it can be hard living in Lebanon, especially that it is a country we love, it is also true that it can be hard living anywhere in the world.

          Lebanon has definitely taught me to be grateful for what I have and to appreciate the simpler things in life.

          Lebanon to many, is like an abusive lover, you love him with all your heart, but he keeps beating the shit out of you. You could decide that he’s not for you and leave, you could just live with him in denial and survive the abuse or make a life long commitment of sacrifices to fix and help that abusive lover with the hope that he will one day change.

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  28. i must disagree with you in this article; the reason that Salma Hayek has got this attention visitng Lebanon is not because of what you have mentionned; remember Shakira visited Lebanon few years back and never had this attention at all; the main purpose is the movie launching; and YES it means a lot for any Lebanese in or out of the country; Gibran and mostly his book the Prophet is worth of making all this noise. secondly; the fact of giving her citizenship; you can’t compare this to other Lebanese aiming for that!! it’s like when (Wadi3 l Safi or others got the French/egyptian etc… passport because of their work; here is the same. finally the book the Prophet is been translated to 50 languages; the 2nd book after the Bible. for your info, the book is read in churches in the US countries and YES people get inspiration of it. and the fact that now lebanese have started reading this book; you should be saying it with proud and not irony; at least it is far better reading those useless celeb magazines….

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  29. Lebanon is the shittiest country in the world filled with the biggest faggots and dumbasses. Where is the USA when we need them…to nuke this lifeless garbage nation…

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  30. Lebanon is the shittiest country in the world and filled with the biggest faggots and dumbasses. Where is the USA when we need them…to nuke this gay, lifeless, garbage nation…

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    • Someone’s peasant parents spent too much time in the fields to teach them manners. Go get an education shitface.

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  31. lebanese ppl stop being silly and stop gossiping and u will leave in peace…. as simply as that, if u don’t like whats going around then turn off ur internet and live by yourself and stop talking negative things. instead of being happy that such a person like her is visiting lebanon and highlighting the country with what she did because its all reflecting good things.

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  32. why is it every time something positive happens in Lebanon a stick in the mud blogger has to stand out and fuse our horrible news and overcast the good? is it because being a critic and complainer is cooler for the audience with witty puns and satiric statements ( maniak style ) ? or we are just used to the bad news that we actually get allergic when positive things happen? yes Selma Hayek is embracing her roots .. yes we are happy about it and no it will not change our lives in any way, but it is non the less pleasant news, because for once ( or on very rare occasions) it’s not about Politics / Religion or any of our fucked up mess .

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  33. Why so negative? In Ireland, when we get people claiming heritage as Irish, we celebrate it in total. There is little to no negative implications about celebrating heritage in anyway. You even draw negatives about her visiting the Syrian refugees. Your pointing out that ‘for one day’ we cared about Syrian refugees just highlights your own national short comings towards the Syrian situation. This is not to belittle what Lebanon has done and is doing for Syria, but please, lighten up, smile, be part of the positive.

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  34. It’s amazing how much hate is in this “Article”. You have sadly personified Lebanon so well. You simply can’t be happy for a fellow countryman’s success.

    Yes a Lebanese Bank funded the movie with Lebanese hard earned money and is showcasing a fantastic movie to the world. Even if the whole thing was a PR stunt, should it not be celebrated? I’m guessing your closed hated mind has never visited another premiere where I can assure you people do go absolutely insane. Its a celebrity driven world out there… Nothing unique to Lebanon so don’t slag off the Lebanese.

    This sad excuse of an article or blog post shows me one thing…. how bitter a person you and so many of the others who have commented are.

    Show some love… Support our country…. support the people who are still trying to make it work.

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  35. you have a problem
    how envious and bitter and enraged you are. not clear what your beef is but your take on the whole episode reflects a very tangled situation between your ears

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  36. Dear Writer: Inhale…Exhale… Inhale…Exhale!
    Once in a while, we need little entertainment and distraction instead of focusing on the doom and gloom of our daily issues that never end!
    Name me one Lebanese who isn’t proud and doesn’t brag when he finds out a famous person is of Lebanese origin?
    Salma Hayek at least, displays that she’s grateful to have Lebanese roots! She is lovely, beautiful, intelligent and genuine.
    She is also a successful woman, her dad is a businessman and she’s married to one of the richest people in the world. I’m sure we can all use her popularity and international status to promote Lebanon’s beauty and tourism in some sort, who knows!
    But rest assured, she will never forget this visit and Lebanon’s name will always be mentioned among her circle. There’s also the investment and humanitarian potential with this lady; maybe she’ll invest with her husband in Lebanon and maybe they’ll be major donors for charities and organizations. Again, who knows but we can hope instead of being negative!
    So chill my friend!
    Regardless, I enjoyed your article and know exactly what you mean about the serious issues.
    Cheers,
    Elie

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  37. As if it was the first time they kiss asses they are the kings and queens !!!
    Salma Hayek ugly vulgar not one nice movie and to think that once she denied her origins !!! now she became Lebanese ?!!!
    and every body loves her 😂😂😂

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