Sunday, February 14, 2010

Of civilized minorities.

Recently, our Maronite patriarch called the Lebanese "Civilized minorities" - I was trying to see how this applied to the party going people of Gemmayze street (A street where the people living there organized a pyjama-and-pillow manifestation to indicate how restless in their sleep they were due to the pubs and clubs). The ministry of tourism has recently began a campaign to "civilize" those "rogue minorites" (Sound so Sarah Palinish, I know). I thought, that for a ministry, to use such a funky layout and creative copywriting, it was truly amzing. One problem however is that these slogans are twistings of songs that the current party-goers of Gemmayze are unfamiliar with.... So will the message strike home or will there be another Pyjama-and-pillow manifestation down the line?
Take "Do you really want to wake me" (Which is a spoof of Culture Club's "Do you really want to hurt me") or "Hush Hush" (The antidote for Tears For Fears' "Shout, shout"), or "No honking in the air tonight" (A dubious take on Phil Collins' "I can feel it in the air tonght"), or "We don't need no noise pollution" (Taken from Pink Floyd's "We don't need no education").... Then try to get a twenty something familiar with those originial songs.... Basically, a difficult if not an impossible task.
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