Monday, February 21, 2011

Bahrain: Je t'aime (moi non plus)

Are they nuts? Or just plain insensitive?... The French Week 2011 in Bahrain is going to take place starting February 23rd. The ads have been all over the television... Its logo? Bahrain Je t'aime (Bahrain I love you) as shown above. But whereas it is known that such events take weeks, if not months to prepare, the media glitz was prepared in advance - but considering the major political events that are happening in Bahrain (such as the call for a constitutional monarchy, the call for democratic rights and so forth) all of which are values so dear to the French... Wasn't it more judicious to actually postpone the whole thing? I don't think playing petanque or preparing boeuf bourgignon is quite suitable while people are claiming "liberte, egalite, fraternite" values which supposedly are dear to the French... Or perhaps off to the guillotine with all those silly Bahrainis at Dawar Al Lulua (which features prominently in the tv ad by the way) because "Carrefour hypermarket and others such as Al Jazira will highlight a fantastic range of traditional French products as well as conducting special promotions and raffles throughout the period." And get this - forget democracy - a "Peugeot 308CC to be won." Who would want things such as transparency, accountability, when you can cruise in a Peugeot 308CC".... So Birkin and Gainsbourg were right "Je t'aime, moi non plus"...
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