On Saturday morning, following a disastrous “Faces of Lebanon” awards ceremony, Lebanese-American comedian Nemr Abou Nassar posted a video blasting LBCI for their lack of professionalism and the blatant disrespect that was shown towards the organizers and guests of the prestigious event. Over the course of his spontaneous 21-minute speech, which is well worth a watch, he addressed issues including the incompetence of Lebanese media outlets, their disrespect to non-Arabic acts, and their unwillingness to help rising stars. While he remained relatively true to his “no politics, no religion” policy, he also spoke briefly on the rampant sectarianism that marks Lebanese broadcast news, and that threatens to any day destabilize an already uncertain peace.
“Lebanon stands divided, today more than yesterday. My country stands on the brink of executing itself for the stupidity of Muslim and Christian differences,” he stated to the small crowd that still remained at 3:30 AM, hours after the ceremony was scheduled to end. Continue reading