La Wlooo!!!…Ten Things I Hate About Lebanon

March 27, 2012  

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Photo Credit: Demotivational Lebanon

Ever since I started writing my satirical column “La Wlooo,” people have been asking me the same question: “Why do you hate Lebanon so much?” So this week, I would like to clarify one truth:

I DO NOT HATE LEBANON.

As a matter of fact, I absolutely love it.

But, like any normal person with a sufficient IQ, a brain, a pair of eyes, good judgment, a brain, common sense and a brain, I see things around me that I do not like. At all. Many things.

I will take the time to list them for you, and I do hope – with all my heart – that you agree with me and see that these things are dreadfully annoying.
If the majority of you believe that Lebanon is a piece of fluffy heaven where pink unicorns breed, fly and sing all day as they sprinkle Skittles and Lindt chocolate truffles on jolly Gisele and Johnny Depp lookalikes, you might as well dig your own grave of cow dung and rot in your very own puddle of ignorance and denial.

My awesome dedicated readers have already read my many rantings about my deep hatred towards many of the points I’m about to mention – my apologies – but I will stop complaining when these things stop happening . . . which is probably never.

I shall commence.

Disclaimer: I am not referring to the entire society, but I can’t be bothered to add the words “most” and “many” every time I utter a syllable. Also, when I use the word “you” I am referring to the people that behave a certain way. I am in no way referring to you personally, unless you are one of those people, then I probably am and you should probably change because you’re annoying people. Finally, I am not angry or aggressive – please see: Satire. Thank you for (hopefully) understanding.

I HATE How People Drive: As though they are suffering from either malaria, insanity, Down syndrome, epilepsy, Tourrette’s syndrome, or all of the aforementioned combined to form an unstable nonhuman life form that is hazardous to all motorists within a 100 KM radius.
What the heck people! What kind of driving school teaches people how to transform into animals as soon as they touch a steering wheel?
Did you know that there is a speed below 120 KMPH? And did you know that you have turn signals that are intended to “signal a turn” BEFORE you make it? This is a way to warn other motorists that you plan on either slowing down or turning towards them. This way, motorists (like me) do not have to die a thousand deaths when a big chunk of metal (like your car) jumps in front of them out of nowhere.
Also, unless everyone in this country is suffering from acute blindness, what excuse do motorists have for keeping their headlights on full beam? Since acute blindness is most probably not the cause, I’ll go ahead and blame it on chronic disregard towards others.

Photo Credit: WTF! Only in Lebanon

I HATE How People Hate Walking: The pretentious “La Classe” who refuse to walk from Beirut Souks to Zaitunay Bay (a 15 minute walk) or better yet, from Beirut Souks to Downtown Beirut (a 5 minute walk). Not only is it embarrassing, but strangers may think you’re a poor peasant.
*Gasp*
Taxis understand that walking is unacceptable, so in case you’re a peasant that enjoys walking, prepare yourself to be harassed by a honking taxi driver every 4.5 seconds because his developed mind cannot fathom why you’d be walking at your own will!
Once, while walking from Downtown to Beirut Souks (because I’m a poor peasant with no sense of class), a Zouzou stuck his ugly face out of his Zouzou car and attempted to woo me with his charm. When I gave him my “I think I just puked a little” face, he said, “Shhhaaaaa? Mfakra halik bi NaYork?!”
Lizard Face, whose mother and father are most likely siblings, reminded me that despite the beautiful Downtown Beirut architecture I was immensely enjoying, I was still in Tatar-Land, where people are not allowed to walk without being harassed by ignorant inbreds.
Also, what’s the point of owning (or financing) that expensive car if you’re not going to valet it all over Beirut? Who cares if you can self-park it for 5000 LL less in a parking lot right across the venue, instead of waiting 15 hours for the valet guy to bring it back to you after he dents it in every corner? If you self-park it, you’ll have to walk for 20 seconds and people will think you don’t own a car, so why risk being labeled a car-less poor peasant?

Photo Credit: Demotivational Lebanon

I HATE How Everything is About Money: Since most wealthy families in this country made their millions two hours ago, it’s going to be a long time before they become self-actualized and realize a goat that wears silk is still a goat. Translation: money doesn’t buy class, and it certainly should not buy respect. I am sick of seeing how wealthy people are worshipped (second to politicians of course) just because they made a buck or two.
You could be the stupidest, rudest, most obnoxious, arrogant retard on the planet, but people will want to befriend you because your dad’s rich. You are a useless, unambitious rich kid who will lurk in daddy’s shadows forever, but that’s okay, because everyone likes your car.
No wonder this country is filled with so many posers, fakers and losers who think that your car and watch will earn you respect . . . and lots of sex (which is sadly true). Who cares where you went to school or if you even went to school? Who cares how you made your money? Just make some so you can wear a Rolex or an Audemar Piguet, drive a Ferrari or a Bentley, and BAAM, you’re now labeled as “Mrattab.”
What the heck is that word supposed to mean anyway?! “Mrattab” based on what?
I have heard people say “Ktir mrattab” about lying, stealing, coke heads just because they have money. I have also heard people saying “Ktir, ktiiiiir mrattabi” about a sl** who’s slept with half the city and acts, talks and dresses like a sl**, just because she doesn’t need a guy to buy her the expensive stuff that daddy buys her . . . but her guy will still feel obliged to buy her all the good stuff so he can live up to her “Mrattabi” standards.
What happens if you don’t have money? Fake it. That shouldn’t stop you from going out every night and being a moocher. Screw the bill; act retarded when it comes and run off somewhere. This will work only if you have the right watch and car. How else will you meet the “mrattabi” gold digger of your dreams and live happily ever after in debt?

Photo Credit: WTF! Only in Lebanon

I HATE How People Talk: First, how they constantly talk about the most trivial issues like, “Man, dude, bro *burp* I drank 3 bottles of vodka last night, and guess which brand was the best?” No I will not give you a pat on the back if you tell me this. I will yawn and question the purpose of your existence.
Second, how they talk so damn loud, “LEIKI HABIBI, WEINIK HAYETE? *chews gum like slut* BADDIK TA3EMLE SHOPPING??? YIII, MAREEDA? TO2OBRINI INSHALLA! TESSLAMEELE YA ALBI!” As she ends the call she tells her other friend, “Eh akid mordit haydi, ad ma bet dal lebssi mzallat metel el . . . ” as she tucks the nipple on her fake left boob back into her shirt – which concludes my third point, talking about others.
And fourth, we should definitely be proud of being bilingual or trilingual in this country, granted that we can pronounce properly while speaking these languages (think: zis, zat, zer, comfortayble, avocaydo, clotheys, montheys) so please stick to the one language you can speak well, because I will hurt you just like you’re hurting my ears.

Photo Credit: WTF! Only in Lebanon

I HATE How Women Love Looking like Wh*res: Let me put it this way, a wh*re who wants to look like a wh*re, still looks less sl**ty than these women I speak of. There is no need for raccoon-eyed black make up or Nike-Swoosh wh*re eyebrows. Congratulations, you are now a transvestite. Also, your breasts do not need to be on display right below your chin. You do not need to show every single inch of your legs, back and arms while wearing something that looks like a Halloween sl*t outfit. As for your super long nails with french tips, what the heck is that all about? How do you go to the toilet?!
You don’t need to keep pouting your lips 24/7 – you look like a constipated blowfish. You do not need to abuse plastic surgery till your cheeks cover your eyes like an obese Chinese baby. If your man wanted to be with a blowup doll, he would have bought one. Maybe you should see a psychologist who can dig deep into your subconscious and possibly convey your hidden desires of being a prostitute.

I HATE Young Lebanese Mothers: Specifically those who rely on Filipinos to raise their kids. Why did you get married, b****? Abroad, a nanny is qualified to take care of a child. She receives the proper training and is able to help children with their homework as well as teach them about hygiene and manners. Still, good mothers refuse to let even a qualified nanny raise her children. I guess these stupid young and useless Lebanese mothers don’t really care about that since they are uneducated, have no manners, and their only notion of hygiene is cleaning up the stitches on their new nose job. These mothers are lazy, rude, snobby and superficial to the rotten core. They see their little monkeys being rude, noisy and obnoxious to others in public and they do nothing. Nothing! Do they even bother taking their kids to the park? The only “outdoor” playtime these kids are getting is at the mall, while Lazy Mc. Fake Nose buys the latest designer clothes. These kids are then programmed to linger around malls when they grow up as they talk to each other in Filipino and harass the elderly for fun. I for one am not looking forward to seeing what generation of monsters is to come from such “mothers”. I am just thankful to come from a generation raised by amazing mothers who still looked after their kids.
Warning to useless mothers: I do not find rude children cute, and I will wring your little monkey’s neck if push comes to shove, so keep them out of my way or teach them some good old fashioned manners.

Photo Credit: WTF! Only in Lebanon

I HATE How Manners are Becoming Extinct: You know, words like “please” and “thank you,” a kind smile to a stranger, common courtesy, a friendly tone of voice, not being a rude b**** . . . things like that. For example, when you want to enter an elevator, is it so difficult to let the people inside exit first? Will a comet hit planet earth if you wait 3 seconds or do you just like rubbing butts with total strangers in tight spaces as you breathe in each other’s faces while trying to figure out why you enjoy acting like trailer trash?
Speaking of trash, must you throw plastic bottles, plastic bags, “termoss”, “bazella” and handfuls of “bezer” out the car window?! I chose to write these terms in Arabic so you can relive the horror with me, since I am sure that you’ve all witnessed at least one douche bag littering the roads. This is downright shameful in this day and age. I wonder if these people shit where they sleep too.

I HATE How Everyone is Obsessed with Politics: Every Lebanese comedy show is about politics. Every talk show mentions politics. Every discussion will lead to politics (and then lead to an argument). Stupid 8-year-olds who don’t even know about manners already know about politics (and are already following and worshipping the politician their dad loves). Does everyone have some form of political OCD? Especially men – you act like clinically insane homosexuals when it comes to your political idol. You-need-to-chill-out! These people you are obsessed with don’t care if you die . . . fact is, they don’t know you’re alive – so get a life and learn from your parents’ and grandparents’ mistakes so that the next generation isn’t another brainwashed zombie society that’s having wet dreams about their favorite politician.

Photo Credit: Demotivational Lebanon

I HATE How Everything is About Clubbing: I think there’s no bigger waste of money than throwing away hundreds of dollars on clubbing each week to do the following: “Here’s a smart idea! Let me go out and spend $300 so I can criticize other people and watch them all night to see what they’re doing and who they’re talking to. Hopefully they’ll get to see me too (or it’ll be a total waste of $300) so I better be on my best behavior because my life depends on what these losers think of me. I live only to please them. I’m such an a**hole. I better not dance either or they might think I’m a loser. Instead, I’ll drink and drink till I’m shit-faced and cry about how miserable my life is.” Sounds like a plan, Stan!
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy clubbing as much as the next guy, but I d-a-n-c-e . . . and I have a great time! I don’t go out just to see and be seen – I go out to have a good time and I don’t leave till my feet die. I also can’t imagine spending 4 hours not talking, not dancing, not smiling or laughing. I do enough of that during my sleep, thank you very much.
Lebanon is a beautiful country with hidden treasures in every corner. Did you know that there are places and cities around the country other than Beirut? Even in the Beirut vicinity, there are many other things to do like dining, where you can at least have a decent conversation. I can see why many wouldn’t want to spend $200 on a dinner for two, because no one would be there to see them spending that money and wearing that new Dolce & Gabbana shirt, so the $300 on alcohol is a much better investment.

I HATE Cops: They are supposed to represent the law, but they don’t enforce it. They only fine people when they’re bored and in need of a quick bribe, or to chat up a pretty girl. They drive like a**holes, burn red lights like a**holes, practically kill anyone and anything that comes in their way while driving at 200 KMPH like a**holes, and set up road blocks in the middle of the highway at 2 AM on a Saturday night like a**holes.
I’m not saying they shouldn’t set up roadblocks, but what is the point? Almost everyone driving back at 2 AM on a Saturday is almost or already drunk. Setting up a roadblock in the middle of the highway is a recipe for disaster. How is a drunk driver supposed to go from 120 to 20 KMPH in less than 5 seconds? This is why accidents and Saturday night roadblocks come hand in hand, like Jack and Jill. I understand that these cops are not too bright, but has it ever occurred to them that setting up the roadblock at the beginning of the highway would make more sense? Did it occur to them to bring breathalyzer tests so that drunken douche bags don’t end up killing the rest of us because of their reckless driving? If you tell a cop this, he’ll just hear “waaa waaa waaa waaa waaa,” 1) because his ears are damaged from abusing his siren while constantly and excessively speeding, and 2) because he’s an idiot with the mental capacity of a cornflake.

I could go on forever, but I already hate myself for wasting hours of my life writing the longest article ever, knowing I’ll be attacked by people who refuse to understand my point; people who are the reason I feel like an intruder in my own country. Here’s to 5 hours I’ll never get back!

PS. Buy a book for God’s sake . . . and read it. I HATE how people don’t read books in this country. It’s embarrassing.

 “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Clark Gable

 

192 Responses

  1. Lisa April 12, 2012

    Mr Tony Hajj, wonderful post, just wonderful. I don’t need to add anything to it, hopefully not only Rita understands, but those who cannot stop laughing too…God bless you…and also to the Lebanese Canadian, God bless you too, wonderful post…

     
     
  2. RANIA M. April 14, 2012

    thank u Rita for being a beleiver,a person with principles,with passion and common sense!

    LEBANON..nothin but a fairy tale..we brag about being lebanese,about the amazingly beautiful country..we r trying to market a certain figure of lebanon based on beirut souks,downtown,and all these sparkly places..while lebanese citizens walk on dirt,smell shit&deal with all the non sparkly disgusting agony of everyday life!
    we brag about being the amazingly nice welcoming educated people..while in reality they are:Gold diggers, robbers, uneducated basterds,sexually obsessed *hores!!..in other words:SCUM of all scums! and the worst part is that we dont admit it..no…we cover it up with our usual sparkly poetic romantic descriptions of this phoenician nation..as if we still belong to it:P I BET OUR ANCESTERS ARE DISGRACED!

    and so and so and so…words are nt enough..
    and they criticize u for nagging..how can we not nag???
    how can a normal person tolerate this unacceptable situation???

    at the end of the day..as long as we still think and believe..we might b able to save ourselves and our country..and maybe give our children a chance to live in a decent place where they wldnt b raised on the famous sentence:”ma fi gher l az3ar meshi 7alo bhal balad”..

     
     
  3. Milan April 18, 2012

    true.. i hate it these stuff alot… its like we turned into a senseless jungle where the strong eats the weak, everything is about material, and there’s no reason for people to do what they do.. its just is… everything is getting more expensive except for the people they’re becoming cheaper :/

     
     
  4. Tam April 18, 2012

    Actually Rita you got it spot on. I left Lebanon because of all those things you mentioned… I keep going back there a few times a year but as @Milan mentioned its getting worse and more expensive as the days go by so my visits have narrowed down to 1 visit per year only if necessary.

    My friends and I who left lebanon in their early 20′s wonder when your mentioned points would be solved, but as you said maybe close to never. I was confused when CNN gave 5 minutes of air time to Lebanon’s night life, especially that the Minister of tourism was mentioning our clubs as something for the tourists to come and check out! DID they really forget what Lebanon is all about… I think they did, which is a real shame.

    I look forward for more articles, enjoy your brutal honestly. Keep it up… You really are a voice for us here :)

     
     
  5. Romulus April 18, 2012

    Briefly i will be commenting on each and every point…

    First picture means nothing…….but by posting such pictures you are actually degrading and dividing people into ( low class ” zoozoo ” ) and other classes which fit your criteria…..the poor wish to have fun with whatever they have some times….

    point 1 : driving….that is absolutely correct…..there should be certain rules and regulations to control this mess……however law and order are absent….

    point 2 : Walking …..correct as well….however to encourage walking and cycling goverment should form roads adjacent to the main roads…..this might take us about 1000 yrs to implement. or a miracle…however considering another opinion ….one would argue that the whole world is going pro automation …( read a recent article about excess demand for cars in china which is leading to a big problem )
    but i do miss walking especially with a fantastic weather like the one in lebanon …..i used to ride a bicycle to university in byblos….and it was quite odd to certain students ..:)

    Point 3 : everything is about money …….thats not lebanon only im afraid …thats the whole world……everybody is becoming materialistic and i hate it too……however i must agree…the lebanese life style has taken it a bit too far in terms of showing off…..when i go to a club….all of them look like Alpacino from Scar Face….. the danger look… ” the evil Eye “…. the action …….yes i must say its true…..yet again …its media brainwash that we have succumb to ….

    Point 4 : how people talk and Gossip in general ….well yes it exists ..yet again its all over the world…..people are becoming superficial and losing confidence in themselves….id like to believe this is a result of something called the “Quickening” ( search it if interested )….. however people who usually gossip have either made it to the top and have no aim in life anymore….or they are empty from inside and do nothing about it….an arabic saying is crucial to this point which is translated as ” whoever has nothing to do, judges everyone else ” ( il fadi byaymol 2adi )

    Assume your eager to finish up a task or you have an emergency ..you wouldnt be thinking at that time to talk about anyone….because your focused…alert….and seek victory in what you do …

    point 5: hating how woman like to look like whores…..that is not fact and is according to your own judgment…id rather you leave that to the boys to judge : ) ….women are naturally beautiful in lebanon and they beautify themselves even more the way that they see fit……youre point is irrelevant completely ……id like to bring to youre kind attention that because of lebanese media and exposure of beauty and make up ….a new kind of tourism was invented for the first time in history …..lebanese should be proud…..its called medical tourism …..many women from all around the world come to lebanon to fix themselves….learn new ways of beautifying themselves…and have new hairstyles and make up …this brings money to the government…and in turn tot he people …( in an ideal governmet that is )

    now why are women in lebanon so anxious to beautify themselves…..and i dont like to be one of those people who always puts the blame of war in any discussion …but this one really is……il explain …

    putting sexism and ignorance of the opposite sex aside……..war creates opportunities that would never be available otherwise….

    when war happens …usually men die…..if the war prolongs….more men die and the demography of gender shifts and changes…..we have more women than men in lebanon …ratio is debatable but the last time i heard it was 7 women to 1 man ratio…..
    now again being pragmatic about it and thinking how the cycle of life fixes itself automatically by looking at the macro point of view…

    women will feel more competitive to capture males…..or they can turn lesbian : )but leaving option two aside….

    there is a saying that goes : “men fall in love with their eyes while women fall in love with their ears”… so yes when it comes to men ..looks do matter…..and it is the first impression….the less men there are the more competition women will have because in their instinct they seek security ( proven psychological facts ). Security is found in the other sex….Males……..women seek security in many ways but security is the main core for their actions……women seek men with money because to them money is security ( it provides a comfortable way of life )……other women seek intelligence …to them being intelligent will protect her from unsuspected dangers…….other women prefer muscles because raw power is a symbol of security ….( protection from harm and so on )

    anyways long story short….women will beautify themselves to compete for the perfect man around ….. or else its game over for her and her time is up …..the government wont give a glass of shit about you after 50 yrs of age: )

    war creates poverty as well, thus the need to have cooperation ….and a type of cooperation would be marriage…….

    The poorer the country is ….and the greater the wars it harbours, the more ridiculous a culture becomes….men will go into crime, robberies and joining gangs to have a sense of affiliation to something rather then having no back to protect you ………women turn to prostitution which is the easy way out and the fastest way to achieving what she wants…..ugly women will become nuns and clerics……Example outside lebanon ….would be the rise of gangs in all parts of the western countries …..example….Mara Salvatrucha ( MS- 13 ) search it and search how far that gang reached due to poverty and neglegence…

    Point 6: Lebenese mothers : completely disagree …the role of women changed….because life is harder and harsher….a working woman in lebanon cannot physically and mentally handle family issues and raising kids while working…even “super woman” cant do that especially with long working hours…..thats why being a teacher is ideal for raising kids….and is quite sexy to have as a wife : ) because working as a teacher you have the advantages of finishing at early hours and have 3 months holiday apart from all the other holidays….

    A nanny is needed…..the rest of youre paragraph concentrates on personality rather than the concept of having a nanny to which i think is incoherent…

    point 7 :

    manners becoming extinct….agreed…there is no reason not to have manners…..yet again living in a jungle where no one will help you survive will create such issues……..its like comparing wild dogs to tamed dogs……tamed people will have manners like tamed animals learn how to shake hands, sit and wait until told otherwise……..men living in a jungle will act savagely and without manners same as wild dogs who will not hesitate to roll over and eat you : )

    Point 8: obsession with politics…..agreed.

    serious issue….but also is derived from a sense of affiliation …to have back up …the jungle sense of protecting yourself…..same as a tom and jerry cartoon ……jerry ” the mouse ” has Spike ” the dog ” to protect him from Tom ” the cat “……once successful all the jerries go clubbing and act macho : )

    point 9: i hate clubs : meaningless…..clubbing is a ventilation to peoples miseries….the way they act is something else… each has his own way …….in your paragraph youre attacking a certain conduct in a club which really contradicts youre title…you claim that you dance and have a great time….some might not like your actions at a club nor even the way you dance…..a club is space that brings people with different backgrounds and cultures and traditions altogether and puts songs forthem to pacify them …..how would you expect a club to be perfect to youre beliefs and ways?

    Point 10 : completely disagree…..cops dont put road blocks for fun …its for security ….while you think there would be nothing wrong at 2 am …..other theives and smugglers are planning otherwise….you cannot judge cop conduct on what you think is reasonable……..

    i thank you for this great article ..as in life people agree to some issues and disagree to others………i respect youre opinion and others in this forum however i do hate personal degradation and demeaning just because one has nothing to say ……

    i hope i didnt attempt to demean you in any way or anyone in this forum …i said my thoughts clearly and not specifically to any sect….

    People discuss whats wrong about something to try and rectify the issue and make things better …

    The thousands upon thousands of advantages that lebanon has is explainable…. thats why people still live there and go there and visit there….

    This article is relevant to discuss how we can create a better lebanon together….

    Remember : ” Evil exists because Good men do nothing ”

    May the Lord Bless lebanon with all its sects and cultures….i wish it would be fixed to suit the majourity of our tastes and preferences…

    Romulus ” TruthBearer “

     
     
  6. maya April 19, 2012

    inna aldawla al lubnaniya fi khidmet lsha3eb hmmm ana 7a2ilak kif :

    1- ma7allak ta3ref ya mouwaten inou nhar lsabet bass mna3mil dbouta ya3ni ma3ak mnil tanen lal jim3a tkhalef innou mabyetla3la ldawleh nhar we7ed !!!!

    2- mafi kahraba 3asheyeh eh la2an lezem tendabou bibyoutkon mankon sem3een bil 7awedes li3am tseer albna 3laykon

    3- betfee2 lsobo7 badak tet7amam mafi may sekhneh eh shou manak 3aref iza btetla3 w inta m7amam byesef2ak lhawa

    4-internet te2teesh w se3at mafi w service zbeleh la2an l2a3deh 3al internet bitsattel il3a2el oum mseklak shi kteb dawleh mousakafehh

    5- ghelyen lbinzine ehh manak shayef kif kershakk ya mouwaten oum mshi w sefeli hal sayara ba2aaa

    6- 3am teshteki ya mouwaten mnil 7afreyet wil shawere3 inou bass badna na3mil minkon 3alam bteshtekoo

    sa7ii ya mouwaten innak zalem hal dawleh …. !!!!

     
     
  7. steph April 21, 2012

    why are u even in Lebanon if u hate the literally everything about it? most things u’ve said are true but they’re the things that make me love Lebanon so much

     
     
  8. Luli April 26, 2012

    Thanks for this. I am getting ready to go back for the “summer visit” and this is all that I am dreading. Just thinking about all of these things make me wonder why I am even going. It wasn’t always like this, but has quickly gotten bad…

    Our arab countries have become one big 24 hour nightclub and the things that are important there don’t really matter anywhere else in the world (except to maybe college kids one week out of the year: spring break)….

    I convince myself that it’s important to go back for the family, language, food.. hoping to get a glimpse of the old culture that I miss from when I was a kid…

    And it’s not that I hate my heritage, who I am, and where I’m from. It’s not like I wouldn’t want to live among my people permanntly. Actually I really WANT to feel a sense of belonging and love for my homeland. But with the direction we’ve headed, it’s getting awfully hard. This is not my heritage nor where I am from anymore. So I am constantly asking myself, where do my children and I really belong?

     
     
  9. Pato May 2, 2012

    Nce stuff, very true. And you have idiots like Steph that questions your sanity, and why do you stay. As if loving Lebanon means you have to love the sh@@ heads in it like Steph. I always say, Lebanon would be gorgeous, if all the Lebanese were out of it. it is us who make Lebanon the horrible place to live, and it is us who give it the bad reputation it has. Thank God I left 26 years ago, the best decision i could have made. I have a life, standards, rights, something no Lebanese has sadly. But hey, keep following your politicians, they will ensure you suffer even more, till you rot, keep loving the rudeness, the no electricity and water, the crazy prices, dead cows and sewer in your oceans… After all, you are Lebanon!

     
     
  10. Mariam May 3, 2012

    Heyyyy apart from loving this Rita I would love you to write about the lebanese mentality and superficial weddings as well. keep it up xoxo

     
     
  11. Izis May 11, 2012

    I’ve never been there..but I get this whole idea just by watching some lebanese music video clips. They all suck by the way. They are actually funny !!! their lack of originality and authenticity , their shallowness and poorness actually say a lot about their people. but its funny because u get the idea that they think its big deal…hahah

     
     
  12. Lisa May 11, 2012

    So,u guys who r laughing out loud, this kind of comment like the one from Izis is what you were aspiring for?! Beautiful!!! Keep on laughing, u don’t know what better things you can do in your lives! Very strange that I lived all my life minus 3 in UK, & I am proud to be surrounded by wonderful friends, family & neighbours! Where do u people live & who do U hang out with?!
    By the way, bottox was not made in Lebanon, nor fancy weddings and we on Leb didn’t start clubbings etc & all the world has followed and copied us! I am not saying the wrong is happening is good, but it is happening everywhere in the world, if u don’t know how to count the blessings that we have in Lebanon ( in spite of the bad), and u cannot or don’t know what to do to improve it & make a difference, I suggest & advice u pack & leave like many others did, count the blessings of the other countries and give a blind eye to all wrongs that are happening abroad, BCz no one gives a damn about u there. This article is a real shame!

     
     
  13. Ali May 15, 2012

    I’m sure that all those who left comments about being good, and following the rules are the same guys who break them :-p :-p eno mashoona ba2a, ento ma bt5alfo??? if not, then ur not lebanese:-p :-p

     
     
  14. Samia Sasso May 15, 2012

    Thanks, thanks a lot. I’ve always wanted to tell the lebanese people about it. you beat me to it. and it’s very well said. Let’s hear the continuation, because it doesn’t stop here.

     
     
  15. basssam May 15, 2012

    marry me..

     
     
  16. Tam May 17, 2012

    THANK YOU!!!

     
     
  17. giusi May 31, 2012

    Honestly, this post is sooooo true. Lebanon has become the most annoying place in the world.

     
     
  18. giusi May 31, 2012

    Honestly, this post is sooooo true. Lebanon has become the most annoying place in the world.

     
     
  19. Natasha Andishi July 8, 2012

    I loved every word of it…I actully wait for my lunch breaks so I can read every word…

     
     
  20. laurice el sokhon August 28, 2012

    what I hate about lebanon is the lack of electricity ..

     
     
  21. Carine Bejjany September 15, 2012

    Rita Dearest,
    I came across this article of yours while looking up “Epilepsy in Lebanon.”
    It is such a shame to relate chronic diseases and any other medical conditions, like epilepsy, to crazy driving or any other disturbed behavior that this country & its citizens are responsible of.
    As a journalist/blogger/editor/columnist/etc…, the 1st thing you should do is research every single word you will be mentioning.
    Having read this very small part of your article made me completely uninterested in the subject you were trying to tackle..or any other subject you will be writing about in the future…
    People in your position Rita, are supposed to raise awareness and support such causes instead of stereotyping and misleading the public…

     
     
  22. Salim September 15, 2012

    Thank you for the post.
    I couldn’t have said it better.
    I still believe there are many more things that can be pointed out. :)

     
     
  23. Rania Haber September 15, 2012

    Dear Rita D., are you comparing persons with the medical conditions you mentioned to animals? (As though they are suffering from either malaria, insanity, Down syndrome, epilepsy, Tourrette’s syndrome, or all of the aforementioned combined to form an unstable nonhuman life form that is hazardous to all motorists within a 100 KM radius.
    What the heck people! What kind of driving school teaches people how to transform into animals as soon as they touch a steering wheel?)

    You preach civilization and yet you insult people with certain medical conditions, bravo. Well done.

     
     
  24. Zouzoubee September 21, 2012

    I couldn’t agree with you more! I was married to a Lebanese and he acted like everything you wrote about, including the useless mothers. Thank you for your insightful words.

     
     
  25. john bsaid October 2, 2012

    Dear writer,
    Hats off to your well thought and carefully written article. I assure you that many ppl are so self indulged mofos that live in their own nutshell with an IQ just north of a bed room foot slipper.
    We as lebanese have replaced things such as decency and bravery with things such as slyness and the term which I abhore “el shater b shatrtou”.
    What did u expect from ppl that are raised on the streets during the war?
    They will raise their kids by spoiling them and giving them everything. Love we say…I say lack there of.
    But thank you for this beautiful piece of writing.

     
     

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