When Adel Karam Makes Fun Of A 63 Year Old Man Presenting His Brevet Exams

Some people have no shame.

One of the biggest pieces of international news yesterday, if you disregard those of war, famine and horrors for a few seconds, was the beautiful story of Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport. She is a 102 year old pediatrician, and we’re talking about her because she just became the world’s oldest person to receive a PhD. Back in 1938, the Nazis banned her from doing her dissertation for being part Jewish. The years passed and Mrs. Syllm-Rapoport sought out the degree that escaped her because of racist laws. She finally got it, and look how happy she is:

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Of course, there are some parts of the world – like where we live, for example – where such news wouldn’t be so cheerful and worth the celebration.

A few days ago, pictures of a 63 year old man presenting his brevet exams surfaced on social media.

The man was identified as Abdallah Taleb, from Marjeaayoun in the South. In 1967, Abdallah had to leave his hometown in order to work with his brother before moving to Saudi Arabia later on. He never got his brevet degree then. Following the liberation of the South, Abdallah came back with his family of two and settled down in his hometown. He became the “mokhtar,” opened a real estate office, but he never forgot that he still never had a degree, which is why he enrolled in school this year to try and catch up to his education and be able to present his brevet degree.

Wonderful story, right?

Well, that didn’t stop Adel Karam and his esteemed show “Hayda Haki” from making fun of Abdallah. Watch the video:

Quite disgusting.

All around the world, people who seek education are respected. Their accomplishments are celebrated, especially when they do so at an age when society had already told them off. Except, of course, when you have people like Adel Karam who see such a man’s quest as yet another moment for comic relief on his TV show.

“Mesh bakkir?” he asked Mr. Taleb. “Isn’t your retirement time soon?” He continued because the first joke clearly didn’t bring the message home. “Will you try and go for a high school degree, too?”

“Do you think he’ll pass?” He snickers. “He should have done the exam last year… everyone passed.”

 

Yes, Adel Karam, bring the humor. Bring the sheer brilliance of your insane comedy skills.

Yes, make fun of a man whose only fault was to have a dream of having a degree, regardless of how simple it is.

Yes, use that man as material to fill time on your insanely funny TV show.

Yes, there is CLEARLY something weird and funny about a man who, years after he’s supposed to, is trying to get the education that this beautiful country took away from him. Is there any better joke than that?

Shame on the audience there that laughed on his joke. I hope you have 1% of the determination Abdallah Taleb has when you’re his age to seek out what your life’s circumstances had robbed you and not be brought down by people like Adel Karam telling you it’s all futile, pointing their fingers in your face and snickering at you for even trying.

Shame on MTV for allowing such garbage to fill its airways, not that I’m surprised anyway.

The ironic thing is that Abdallah Taleb already answered those who wondered what’s the point of doing this so close to retirement age. His answer? “They force retirement on you and it turns you into a shell. I want to give another idea of people who reach retirement age, that it’s okay to still have ambition and act out on it.”

Clearly, ambition and acting out on such ambition is only allowed to comedians who want to emulate Jon Stewart.

I hope that when Adel Karam is 63 and remembers a life-long dream of his that he doesn’t get someone like him to tell him “mesh bakkir?”

Pity the nation that makes fun of its people who seek an education. Pity the people who find getting an education is something to make fun of.

Tfeh.

 

134 thoughts on “When Adel Karam Makes Fun Of A 63 Year Old Man Presenting His Brevet Exams

  1. Tfeh indeed… but then again could you logically expect anything better from a vulgar and ignorant ”comedian”. This guy is a joke.

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  2. Reblogged this on Variae and commented:
    I am cursing your humour Adel Karam, how ignorant – you and all those laughing with you at this gentleman!
    And since you’re quoting sayings, it is also said “If you feel no shame, then do what you want”, I wish you felt ashamed. I tell you, for your own sake, you better be ashamed!
    يلعن أصل هضامتك يا عادل كرم ما أسفهك – انت و اللي عم يتغشغشوا معك!
    ما زالك عم تعدّ أقوال ، بيقولوا كمان: “إن لم تستحِ فافعل ما شئت” يا ريتك استحيت بس. عيب، كرمالك!

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  3. Adel Karam has a sense of humor that makes me cringe. I’ve seen episodes where he interviews women and I have to say if I was in that chair facing him I would consider myself harassed. He has a vulgar nature and I don’t like that he is on tv spreading this image that I hope people don’t take to represent any form of Lebanese culture. Thank you for writing this article to show that this isn’t what we are.

    Age represents growth and accomplishment and I always see those who seek further education to be role models. It takes courage and strength to realize what you enjoy and to pursue this dream, some people often have circumstances that prevent them from doing so and that is why we are all at different stages at different times. He shouldn’t be judging anyone… this is so wrong.

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  4. Yes I agree that he should not have done that, but at the same time you people are being too intense about this. It was a joke it meant no disrespect whatsoever, we respect what Abdallah had done and respect his will to Persue his education.

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  5. I understand that this is your blog and your entitled to your opinion. But you missed the point that this is a Comedy show. Their job is to focus on the comic part and even transform tragedy to comedy if possible. Simply put, your sense of humour can be different and you did not like the joke. Move on, no need to fill in a blog post about it.

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    • there is a difference between making a joke and criticising,i wonder where is the comic part if a 63 year old man is presenting his brevet exams

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      • Karen … Thats Adels way of things … maybe he is a bit vulgar somtimes … though other times hes funny .. and he said ” joking aside … i mean it … goodluck and bravo ” he said that .. thats the sarcasm kind of jokes but means not harm .. thats it 🙂

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    • Adel karam should be mocked and criticized for this stupid segment. This mockery needs to overshadow the mockery of that old man for taking the brevet exams.

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    • So, the “tragedy” here was that a 63 year-old man decided to pursue his education? Honestly, how are people here ACTUALLY trying to condemn this? I never had a problem with Adel Karam (I just never thought he was as funny as the entire Lebanese population thinks he is), but here in that video he just revealed what a big douche he is.

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  6. I totally respect the old man’s determination to get his brevet degree even at his age and he truly is an example that this ignorant generation of ours should look up to. honestly i would have made a joke about it too, sure, to my friends, but I definitely wouldn’t ridicule a guy who has the age of my father (relatively, considering I have adel karam’s age) on national television in front of a huge number of people watching this absolute joke of a comedy talk show. Douchebag.

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  7. adel karam clearly said and it was shown that he meant it in the video : eno hiyye khabariyeh mahdoume bas men albe 3anjad b2ello bravo 3lek, and he went on and on..so he was making a joke while appreciating the guy , your article now is so exaggerated in criticizing him… simple narrow mindness

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      • Hahahah true elie. ADEL KARAM IS SHIT. Wahad estehze2e w feshil. Baddo ymashe programo 3ala daher el maskhara w ellit el ehtiram. What a disgrace!!!!!

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    • finally, someone said it ! so exaggerated … ” 3anjad b2ello bravo 3lek” what does that mean.?
      wasting your time writing such articles 😉 !

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        • Yes it was a bit harsh to laugh at him this way, but in our daily life how many times do we make jokes about things that are “inappropriate”, even in-between friends.
          Also I bet most of you that are commenting on how Adel was inappropriate in his sketch clap so hard and watch the shit out of comedians who are the most offensive people in the world, example when Louis CK makes fun of 9/11 we all laugh? isn’t the death of thousands more offensive than a man taking an exam? or when Russel Peters came to Lebanon (and I was in that show) and said that he was afraid we’d blow him up people laughed so hard a dude broke his chair, isn’t being branded as terrorists more offensive then a man taking an exam?
          Anyway we really need to stop this double standards, I do not enjoy his show actually I hate him, but guess what? there is a thing called a remote you can change whenever you want. YET he is still entitled to make jokes if he and his target audience finds them funny. And the thing is that is make me sad when I see people reacting or over reacting about a joke on a TV show but not when another weeks passes by and we don’t have a president, we are a simple folk embrace it.

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    • you are the narrow minded to take time to discuss this, if you and adel weren’t he would have showed this and gave a message to the youth in Lebanon, Go chase your dreams and make a better living. badel hal sakhafe !!

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  8. Adel Karam don’t have a problem interviewing his 95% of his guests that are made of bimbos that don’t have even their certificate…

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  9. Adel Karam is trying too hard, nothing he says on this program makes me laugh, not the jokes, note way he present them nothing. you need smart sacrcasm for such a program and it’s something he doesn’t have. maybe it’s a matter of taste and other people will see it differently but i seriously doubt it. this program should be stopped and what he did in that clip would have been acceptable if he said something serious at the start or the end but he failed to do so. he’s trying to be a John Stewart or bassem yousef but he is failing badly. the tow presenters I mentioned work hard with their teams to present an excellent program full of humor and creativity…. it’s never too late for you Adel to admit the mistake and stop running the show

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    • I hadn’t watched the video before, and tfeh is my reaction… Immature, disrespectful and obnoxious
      Humor at the expense of other people’s feeling? It wasn’t even remotely funny
      And am I the only one who finds this to be bullying too?

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  10. I honestly think you’re being a bit tight assed here. Humor is humor, and this wasn’t that harsh to be honest, he didn’t go too far with the jokes and he even said bravo to the man and appreciated his love for education. There’s no reason to be overly sensitive about this, his show probably gave the whole story exposure and many Lebanese people were made aware of it and probably thought “good for him” when they watched it. There have been much worse jokes on Lebanese and International TV, and honestly compared to some material I’ve seen, this is pretty light.

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    • There’s no place for such a thing on a comedy show, period. It’s not about him being harsh or not. It’s about him being callous, disrespectful and portraying an achievement in a “manyake” style. It wasn’t even funny, it was completely douchy of him.

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      • I completely disagree, anything and everything can and should be on a comedy show, it’s freedom of speech and I’m actually surprised people are making a big deal about this. I still stand to my point that Adel said bravo to the guy and was appreciative of the whole thing, but it’s a comedy show and he was making a few jokes, there’s no reason to get so worked up over it. He’s a comedian and he’s gonna make a few jokes.

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  11. عادل كرم أَكَل هوا ليعبّي هوا ويسمِّم الهوا .. تفوه على هيدا ‘علام وتفهوه على هيدا مزح وتفوه على هيدا حكي وتفوه على هيدا عادل ..

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  12. This is the Lebanese mentality through and through, Make fun of others in order to heighten your own self esteem. Raw arrogance. No wonder the country is knee deep in shit

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  13. How can anyone turn THIS into a joke? This is far from being ok. Instead of praising this man for his determination and using his inspiring story to encourage others to pursue their dreams; instead of teaching people (including kids) that no matter how old you are you can always do what you set your mind to; this TV show host, who has the ability to actually deliver these messages to a number of people through his show, ends up laughing at the man?
    This is ridiculous, disrespectful and shameful.

    Rien que des pitres sur nos télévisions.

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  14. shame on this vulgar adel whatever his name is!…….please someone explain to him and his guitarist , tell him PLEASE! tell him he is WRONG.

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  15. One is never too old or too young for education. You keep learning things from the time you are born till the day you die. ‘Only children and young people can study’ is a myth! Education is above barriers and helps in clearing up the barriers. When I used to teach at the University of Montreal, many of my students were in their 50s and 60s, and they proved that there is no age limit on learning. No matter what their reasons for returning to school or university may be, it is never too late for senior citizens to hit the books.

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  16. هيدا مش مزح، هيدا قلّة مربى…
    بعرف كاهن دخّل إمّو عالمدرسة بعمر السبعين وعلّما تقرا وتكتب… وانتقم بكبر من سنين الأمّيّة والجهل!

    ألف يعطيك العافية يا عبدالله!

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  17. Nice piece and sweet pick up of the moment!! I flipped channel as he started to poke fun at the man. Adel with all the opportunities he got thus far is showing his “inculte” side. In any other country, this man would have been a guest to inspire others. not watching him anymore…he really pissed me off.

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  18. Well Written !! He mentioned men albe bhannik w kaffa akel hawa ! Hayda Hawa mesh Akel Hawa 3ayne !! But Adel is so shallow and his show is boring ! Mesh ate3 hadda lal comedy and this is too bad ! Old jokes , superficial interviews .. And This is disrespectful

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  19. Adel Karam and his likes on our “respectful” local television stations are definitely a disgrace to any Lebanese talent or aptitude. Most importantly emulating him to Jon Stewart is a huge insult to Mr. Stewart. Just for the record, what are Adel Karam’s credentials, if I may ask?

    All the respect goes to Dr. Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport and Mokhtar Abdallah Taleb for their determination and belief in their abilities. However, I believe I should thank Mr. Karam for shedding the light on Mokhtar Abdallah if it wasn’t for the SL Chi guy, we wouldn’t have learnt of Mr. Taleb. Congratulations to the Mokhtar.
    TFEH is too little in describing the vulgar Karam. But then again maybe he could take some lessons from Mr. Taleb in becoming a respectful human being.

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  20. “Yes, there is CLEARLY something weird and funny about a man who, years after he’s supposed to, is trying to get the education that this beautiful country took away from him. Is there any better joke than that?” well said… I guess Adel himself never did go to school…

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  21. Education is one thing,a lebanese brevet degree is another.
    Getting the lebanese degree is very pointless,the brevet exists so that you can get the Terminal degree and then get a college degree so you can get a job.
    You can seek education for the sake of education on your own a degree is utterly pointless in his situation,the only reason he would want it is because of some conservative ideology which is quite stupid.

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  22. عادل كرم هو اصلا مجوي و دمو اتقل من حجر الحبلى في بعلبك، وتافه بشكل بدل انو يمكن مش اخد سرتيفيكا، رجل بذيء هو والمخلي هيك شوو يدخل عبيوت الناس الاوادم، تفو عليه ، وهيدا حكي!
    Btw, i am surprised how a decent young singer, Yara, even likes this ازعر!

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  23. Ah, excuse me Mr. Karam, that should be “Better late than never” not “Better late than ever”. Just as well you weren’t sitting an English exam.

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    • that was funny hahahaha??? is your IQ 10 or something? it must be if you watch this program. Let me see you laugh when this idiot makes fun of your father you moron.

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  24. it is very clear that the people who wrote this blog post, and the ones commenting on it are brain-washed tree huggers. Go back to the 60s you smelly hippies and NEVER AGAIN quote the term “freedom of speech” again, because you quite clearly contradicted yourself, and if anything is a shame, its this.

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  25. Adel Karam, there is a proverb in Greek , which says: «Γηράσκω αεί διδασκόμενος» , which means: “I Always Learn as I Age” by Solon, an Athenian statesman, lawmaker, and poet.
    Before YOU MAKE FUN of this man….WHY NOT CHECK YOUR LEVEL OF EDUCATION????

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  26. Does Adel Karam have this Brevet degree? Has he been to school at all? What a joke… this man IS the joke. No, wait.. it’s MTV who should be the joke. This station was an example of the decent and respectful programming -although the majority of its material was copied (if not to say stolen) from the French TV channels-. They have other programs that are really disgusting and I don’t know if they fall in the entertainment category, but they keep bragging about their channel and programs being the number 1 watched… for God’s sake could someone tell me which channel is number 2? It’s not the 1st time that this idiot Adel Karam presents ridiculous material on the air. MTV management should know better than to have a moron like this one insult the audience’s intelligence. Shame on you Murr family.

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  27. I would hate to think the Lebanese sense of humour has regressed to a degree that makes them enjoy the very sick humour of a lost case. Perhaps Mr. Karam would better be advised to go back to school and get himself some desperately needed education. I simply feel sorry for his followers.

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  28. Obviously most of you have lost his/her humor ..they guy has a C.O.M.E.D.Y S.H.O.W whether you like it or not, he makes fun of everything, and if he reads your haters comments he should get inspired and perform a sketch on you …..CHILL uffff L3ama chu sayrin sensible

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  29. I sleep halfway watching this program.
    Let’s face it Adel karam is out of jokes and his program is way overdue its expiry date.
    A wise man once said “leave when at the top.” For u karam that was after 5 episodes of “hai da haki”

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  30. ahhh ya habilllllly ya adel karam, 3am tedtahak ala zalami metle bayyak, 3am beyet3allam li annou ma 2der yet3allam bi zamanou , mefaker hallak faylassouf zamanak,habibi ma tensa kelna telamiz bil hal hayet li annou ma bi ye2dar ensan wahad ye3ref kel chi

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  31. Y’all are so fucking butthurt because of a comedy show?
    IT’S A DAMN JOKE. LAUGH AT IT.
    Lebanese people don’t know when to fucking stand up for what is right. And that is what you get for not learning how to take a stand regardless of your sect, political affiliation or even your own hometown’s view on issues. Fucking learn how to laugh for once.
    It’s good for your health.
    On a serious note though, kudos to Mr. Abdallah Taleb. He wants to feel like he’s given himself something after he lived his life and this is really nice. But learn to laugh at jokes, Lebanon.
    -Chris K.

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    • Ok so here we have it. We get criticised left right and centre for joking around yet when we are serious we are criticised for being too serious. Truthfully our own citizens as well as the rest of the world should get off our back.

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  32. The problem is that this is not his first stupid thing. This show is just trying to hard and people are stupid enough to fall for it. Its not just about this joke, he makes fun of anyone and anything, fat jokes about shady All. The.Time, stupid 9th grade sex jokes. But hey people are still watching this fake laughs and scripted show

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  34. It’s not something to make fun of !!! Walaw??? 3al alile 3am ya3mil effort bi 3omro to accomplish a dream ! We should all be like him , Respect Mr.Taleb !

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  35. Amalia, I’m sorry if you misunderstood the purpose. Me and my article are not waiting for an opinion about the quality. I am rather delivering a message. You have the privilege to discuss the Ideas and point of views in my article, but you absolutely have no right to give your opinion about my article the way you did.
    Thank you.

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