The Revolutionary Jad Choeiry? I think not.

The first thing that came to mind when I started watching Jad Choeiri’s new video was “why is he rapping in English?” followed by, “why is he rapping at all?” Let’s set aside the fact that the song sounds how I imagine 50 Cent would sound if he were to attempt to sing a Celine Dion song: it just doesn’t work. The video screams “inferiority complex”.

What exactly is the point of including Logic, the rapper? Is that supposed to add some kind of credibility to Jad’s horrible rapping skills? FYI Jad, just because he’s African-American doesn’t automatically mean he can rap. Let’s get one thing straight: yelling “everybody, on your feet” doesn’t exactly make this guy Tupac, alright?

Jad sings oh-so-eloquently about how his song is going to provide “an Arabic touch with a modern sense”. So I guess by this logic then anything that is not shisha-smoking men staring at half naked women gyrating for their entertainment is not modern? Any Arabs who are not “sexy girls” or “funky Arabs turning you on” are, I guess, backwards and uncivilized.

Speaking of naked gyrating women, I’m willing to bet that Jad’s been receiving thank-you letters for fulfilling every Orientalist’s fantasy through that scene with the woman belly-dancing for a group of men. Apparently Jad sees women, or perhaps only Arab women in particular, as no more than half-naked, Botox-shooting, mindless beings? Sadly, the picture he paints of Arab men is no more flattering.

So the benevolent Jad is dispelling the bomber stereotype by replacing it with the harem stereotype, the rich-Arab-with-money-to-burn stereotype, and the inferior-Arab-grovelling-for-western-approval stereotype.
Keep up the good work, Jad.

June 9, 2009 - Posted by | Media/Press, Personal


  1. Neither do I, Lozah.

    In the matter of fact, it is disgusting how people/media see nothing about women but “her awesome body”. Ironically if you asked a question like “what bout her mind?”

    I think you will not get any answer except staring at you as if you are nuts!

    Comment by Hicham | June 21, 2009 | Reply

  2. Yes unfortunately the many guys define being a “ragel” as how much of a pervert you can be towards women. Little do they know that the more perverted they act the more they start to look like teenage boys rather than real men.

    With Jad’s video though, he didn’t target only women, he objectified women and men!

    Comment by lozah | June 21, 2009 | Reply

  3. Indeed yet I’ve to mention that being “Zkar” (male) is something totally different from being a “Ragel” (man) but we used to be blind to see that in our societies.

    Of course he objectified both women and men however you know how women are modeled in the mentality of people regardless the geographic location; east,west, north or south so they will be always eye-catching.

    Look for example the comments I’ve read over the internet about how the iranian women protesting are “hot” and all this blah blah blah!

    Comment by Hicham | June 24, 2009 | Reply

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