Myriam Klink & Jad Khalife’s “Goal:” A New Low In Lebanese Cultural Trash… But It Shouldn’t Be Censored

I was informed of a little piece of trivia information yesterday that Myriam Klink is the first Lebanese woman – ever – to have a presidential vote cast in her favor. Imagine, that out of all of the great women in Lebanon, our politicians in parliament think that honor is best given to someone whose only rise to fame is through a song about her vagina.

Yesterday, Myriam Klink delivered again with a song about her playing football, or – if you’re too old for such useless similes – about her getting laid, with a has-been singer named Jad Khalife. According to Google, he used to sing decent songs once. But don’t you think it’s the witty, catchy sexy song in the vein of, say, Haifa Wehbe. No, Myriam Klink and Jad Khalife do what they do best: be as trashy as possible in the hope of getting the attention that gives their existence purpose.

You might say it’s best not to talk about such a person, but I believe that not talking about her, or him for that matter, does them a disservice. Not all attention is good attention, and it is our duty as a society to speak up against such an abomination to our intellect and our taste. It doesn’t matter if you’re liberal, or conservative, religious or atheist, I think we can all agree that that “football-themed” “music video” is distasteful.

Here are the “song’s” lyrics… or whatever they are:

*moans.*

Klink:

Goal, fawwatet l goal.
Goal, fawwatet l goal.
7ettayto fiyi w 3abbayto – brief gasp – fawwat l goal.

Khalife:

Goal, fawwatet l goal.
Goal, fawwatet l goal.
7ettayto fiki w 3abbayto, fawwat l goal. Y WASSA3!
Fetna 3al mal3ab nel3ab, ma3 Barcelona,
Fawwatna goal mrattab, eja b 3youna,
Wa2ti l asli 3addayto,
Tani goal 7attayto,
Ta jann jnouna

Klink:

Addi, ana mesh addi,
Ana 2belt l ta7addi,
Addi, ana mesh addi,
Ana 2belt l ta7addi,

Together:

Klink… Jad (with a moan),
*another moan*
*another moan*

To the backdrop of such a masterpiece is Myriam Klink prancing around in lingerie in front of a child, while Jad Khalife rides her – literally – and tries to have his way with her.

Of course, it is within Myriam’s right to do whatever it is she pleases. I’m not here for a dose of sexism and misogyny that some Lebanese outlets will spew out in the next few days when they decide to jump on the video bandwagon for some attention. In fact, I find it horrifying that, when the video features her and a man, she’s the one who’s taking the most criticism and getting called all kinds of names, as if Jad Khalife has nothing to do with the sexual innuendos taking place in their “work.”

I’m all for more sexual liberation in Lebanese culture, and generally the Arab world. Anyone would tell you that more sexual freedom would go a long way in helping advance our societies, but don’t those who are eternally horrified at the degradation of “our values.” But at some point, one wonders: is a music video where a woman just moans as if she’s having intercourse the best way to advance such an agenda?

The answer is no.

The Western pop music scene is filled with music with sexual innuendos, and there’s nothing wrong with it. From Ariana Grande to Beyonce to Bruno Mars to the Weeknd, and many more artists, songs have been released over the past few years purely about sex. And yet, all of those artists combined have not reached the level of trashiness that Myriam Klink and Jad Khalife gave the world in the space of 90 seconds.

My problem with Myriam Klink’s video isn’t that it’s sexual. It’s that it is trashy and does a disservice to all the leaps forward we’ve made in trying to advance the liberation of our societies. And to think that a few years ago, the extent of “sex” that was deemed controversial was Haifa Wehbe’s wawa or Ruby running on a treadmill?

Despite all of this, entities like Myriam Klink and Jad Khalife should not be censored. Today, Lebanese authorities have decided to fine anyone who posts their video to the amount of about $30,000 and to call on those who have posted the video to delete it. But what good will that do? I received the video through a WhatsApp message. Those who have seen it have probably already downloaded a copy.

Censorship has never solved anything, and it will never solve anything as long as we’re not permitted to have a discussion about what it is that the government wants censored. It doesn’t matter if Klink and Khalife’s video is pornographic. The moment we allow authorities to dictate what we are allowed to be exposed to, we give them the ability to interfere into way more than that. The government has no business in dictating the kind of media that should be allowed or not, especially a system of governance such as ours where anything that exists beyond what’s considered the Lebanese acceptable norm is frowned upon.

In a way, it’s a good thing Myriam Klink and Jad Khalifeh released such a video because they might let the country have a discussion about the kind of music and art that we deserve. By refusing “goal,” we send a message that such garbage has no place on our airwaves. So let’s refuse it massively, but more importantly, let’s be civil about the way we reject it.

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11 thoughts on “Myriam Klink & Jad Khalife’s “Goal:” A New Low In Lebanese Cultural Trash… But It Shouldn’t Be Censored

  1. Myriam Klink’s song is really tame compared to a Nicki Minaj’s or Beyonce’s song.

    In “Partition”, Beyonce sings about giving her man a blowjob and how he ejaculated on her dress.
    Most Lebanese people who are currently bashing Myriam would gladly dance to Beyonce without batting an eye.

    Now I’m not saying Myriam’s video isn’t tacky, but I defend her right to be vulgar. As someone equipped with a remote control, it doesn’t bother me.
    Also, I have to thank her for showing the Lebanese as they really are, a mysoginist and sexually repressed society who don’t mind being robbed by the political class but go up in arms when a beautiful woman sings sexual innuendos.

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  2. I actually found it quite amusing (in a ‘ma abyakhon’ sort of way) and agree with the double standards highlighted by Notyouraverageliberal.
    My only gripe is the constant infantilisation of what’s perceived as sexiness. The clothes, decor, even their voices make it seem like a song for kids and though that’s been happening since wawa, I honestly don’t get the appeal. Why can’t they just make an awful ‘sexy’ song without turning it into a kids song?

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  3. My problem is with the presence of an innocent child in the middle of their sexual games. They are free to do whatever the hell they want with their bodies or to release whatever this is, but why include a child in something that is obviously not appropriate for kids? What kind of message does this send to children? And where are this child’s parents/(how) did they even consent to this?

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  4. I just laughed, I find it funny, not my style of music but funny non the less, the only thing I did not like is having a little girl in the video other than that I’m fie with it, who wants to watch it, go ahead and who doesn’t, well don’t. It should not be censored, what should be censored and the law should go after is the bunch of crooks that rule that land. If a society wants to claim morality than start rejecting dirty politicians and corrupt religious leaders.

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  6. We all listen to English songs that talks about sex and dance to it in parties , weddings etc. .I don’t think anything is the matter with their song as Arabs I think you guys who r against it is just a hypocrite. . I’m sure 200% you enjoyed it and at least each one of us has heard it 2 times the least so far . Enjoy life and leave people alone .

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  9. This is why no Arabs respect Lebanese. I am Jordanian Canadian for a matter of fact, and I really despise Lebanese culture for the very main message you are putting out in this article: sexual liberation does not progress our society but degrade it. The west is filled with degeneracy and lack of moral and values, and sex becoming as easy as a handshake is one of the main problems for its cultural downfall. Stop preaching sexual liberation and women wearing less clothes as a sign of human advancement.

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    • I’m curious why as an Arab and Jordanian Canadian who obviously doesn’t “respect Lebanese” and “despise[s] Lebanese culture”, I’m curious why you would bother visit, read, and then comment on a blog post written by and owned by a Lebanese person about a Lebanese topic?
      This is completely putting aside whether or not I agree with or disagree with the actually content of your comment…yea, just wondering.

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