Monday, February 20, 2006

هيك بتعمل هيك؟

My latest animation...

All politicians are conducive to satire.
None is immune.

And when we do parody them in satire, the intention is not to mock them personally but rather to subtly critique their actions in a comical portrayal.

All true democracies foster this flavor of free speech and, thankfully, Lebanon has always teemed with such satire even in the darkest days of conflict.

It is a sign of true freedom to be able to accept criticism and shake it off, or better yet laugh at oneself.

But sadly, this is not always the case.
So here is my cautionary note:

I am not part of any political party.
I do not pander to any propaganda or stereotypes.

I am a Lebanese citizen & witness to current events.
I am also cynical, frustrated and yearning for freedom.

I was there in March 14th, I cherish that spirit.
I do not necessarily endorse or defend the politicians associated with that event.

I claim my right to unapologetically hold whichever view seems reasonable to me and to express it in whichever way I choose as a free citizen.

This post is not an invitation for endless political debates. All such comments will be deleted. If you are really that offended, make an animation of your own.






9 Comments:

Blogger Rasha said...

Lok yislam hal tim ya Ramzi.

What people need to figure out is that just because you support a particular long term goal or vision, doesn't mean you should support an individual who happens to chose to adopt that very same vision as his political platform.

It amazes me how people come to blindly support our politicians, who are nothing more than war criminals who should really all be lined up and shot execution style.

3:56 PM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger Jamal said...

Good One.

This could be part one of a very long series if you wish to feature all the flip-floppers.

6:21 PM, February 20, 2006  
Anonymous dab3a said...

ramzi
i especially liked the 3awatef tetllawi part

6:27 AM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger Ramzi said...

Rasha
Totally agree, though the rounded up and shot dead is a little extreme.
Those are not politicians in the classical sense, but leaders of secterian groups with popular support by the people they represent because they believe these leaders 'have their back'. The solution lies not in killing them off but rather in the founding of a strong fair governmental system that provides equal rights to all citizens, thus ridding these feudal lords of their power card. Of course, these lords will resist this move and thus cannot be trusted to excute it of their own accord.

Jamal
A very long series indeed. What makes Aoun the juciest target is his own self-righteousness and incessant 'holier-than-thou' attitude.

dab3a
el 3awatef jayyesheh hal eyyem...

5:35 PM, February 21, 2006  
Blogger Delirious said...

:)

8:56 AM, February 22, 2006  
Blogger drhas2003 said...

wlak shou hayda ya Ramzi, u spoke my mind out.

You are getting me addicted to checking your blog... very creative, truthful, expressive, progressive and real, fun and sometimes touching.

Keep it up.

4:32 PM, February 23, 2006  
Anonymous LeRamz said...

very cool ramzi, very cool.

you're absolutely right about satire... I'd just be careful around town... you wouldn't want anyone to start burning stuff, you know ;)

8:13 PM, February 24, 2006  
Blogger Ramzi said...

has
Khajjaltneh!

leramz
Don't you just love subtle hints that are so blatantly obvious?
Burning downtown... jeez, what next? Chest thumping in Rabieh?

9:13 PM, February 24, 2006  
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