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TV skit mocking Nasrallah sparks protests in Lebanon

nasrallah mocked on LBCHezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah was the subject of mocking at a Lebanese television program this week, raising anger among his supporters who protested against the show.

His supporters took to the streets on Friday, burning tires and blocking roads in several parts of Lebanon.

It wasn’t the first time Nasrallah was mocked in Basmat Watan, a slapstick program aired by LBC TV.

In 2006 Nasrallah’s character appeared in the program and the result was a similar one; people protesting and burning tires in the streets.

This week’s program poked jokes at Hezbollah’s role in Syria, with Nasrallah’s character lamenting what he said was a late intervention.

“Our weapons should have included planes and submarines,” he said.

Charbel Khalil, the producer of the program, said on Twitter that mocking religious figures is an integral part of the program and no one should be bothered.

Those who support mocking Nasrallah say the Hezbollah leader is a political figure who should not be spared jokes.

LBC won’t apologize

LBC’s Khalil told The Daily Star Sunday that he would not apologize for impersonating Nasrallah . “I will not apologize,” Khalil said. “We are continuing with our work, and this issue is behind us now.”

“Apologizing is not possible because what would I be apologizing for?” Khalil told LBCI Saturday night, a day after the episode, which airs on the local television channel, raised tensions.

“I will continue with my show but not for the sake of provoking [anyone],” he added.

Khalil told The Daily Star Sunday that an objective media outlet had the right to criticize and satirize any political and religious figure.

“[The show] has impersonated every religious figure, it does not mean I have reservations against anyone,” he said. “I respect them all.”

He added: “The impersonation of religious figures has become a regular thing in Lebanon.”

Al Arabiya

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  • nagy_michael2

    I hope Nassrallah thugs will not kill him. But I am sure those little minded people have that on their minds..

    • master09

      They think like monkeys they can’t take a joke about a HUMAN just like them, it’s like he is a prophet. What simple minded people these are..

      • 5thDrawer

        Inhaled too many fumes from rubber-smoke in ‘formative’ years … ate fish from Sidon.
        Drank the Waters of Litani.

        • MekensehParty

          I always agree with the water drinking theory ;-)

  • nagy_michael2

    I hope Nassrallah thugs will not kill him. But I am sure those little minded people have that on their minds..

    • master09

      They think like monkeys they can’t take a joke about a HUMAN just like them, it’s like he is a prophet. What simple minded people these are..

      • 5thDrawer

        Inhaled too many fumes from rubber-smoke in ‘formative’ years … ate fish from Sidon.
        Drank the Waters of Litani.

        • MekensehParty

          I always agree with the water drinking theory ;-)

  • Maborlz Ez-Hari

    Reminds me of a certain area where my genitals reside.

  • Maborlz Ez-Hari

    Reminds me of a certain area where my genitals reside.

  • wargame1

    Grill the Iranian invading Pigs in Syria Lebanon and in Palestine and expel the rest with a one way ticket to Iran

  • wargame1

    Grill the Iranian invading Pigs in Syria Lebanon and in Palestine and expel the rest with a one way ticket to Iran

  • http://yalibnan.com/ geo metro

    First bad sign is people with no sense of humor! I make fun of my own shadow if their is no one around me to mess with….life is way too serious not to indulge.

    • daiber

      I like asfora mr yu funy mr sayeed good mr can yu step on yu shadow mr come dahia I show yu fun mr

      • 5thDrawer

        Gee Dab … we were thinking of it, but then you lost the veranda … and it didn’t sound like fun there any more. Sigh …. too many shadows.
        We could hope for another year … ;-)

  • http://yalibnan.com geo metro

    First bad sign is people with no sense of humor! I make fun of my own shadow if their is no one around me to mess with….life is way too serious not to indulge.

    • daiber

      I like asfora mr yu funy mr sayeed good mr can yu step on yu shadow mr come dahia I show yu fun mr

      • 5thDrawer

        Gee Dab … we were thinking of it, but then you lost the veranda … and it didn’t sound like fun there any more. Sigh …. too many shadows.
        We could hope for another year … ;-)

  • MekensehParty

    When you’re a sheep, you’ll be treated like one.
    Read all the bha’a’a’a and meee”ee’eh of those who were disturbed by the road blocking and tire burning in the news the past couple of days. Not one had the balls to empty a kalash in the air and scatter the barbarian hordes.
    mee’e’e’ehkenseh tkaneskoun!

  • MekensehParty

    When you’re a sheep, you’ll be treated like one.
    Read all the bha’a’a’a and meee”ee’eh of those who were disturbed by the road blocking and tire burning in the news the past couple of days. Not one had the balls to empty a kalash in the air and scatter the barbarian hordes.
    mee’e’e’ehkenseh tkaneskoun!