Friday, March 10, 2006
Wafa bin Laden made it! Osama Bin Laden's niece has finally got what she was hoping for--a reality show on American TV. The aspiring singer has been whining about how her career wasn't taking off because of her infamous uncle. She took off her clothes for GQ back in December and that must have helped boost her singing career, for some women seem to think that they sing better with less clothes (though scientifically this relation has not been proved). Now we will actually see a show about her "struggles."
I can't wait (to chuck my TV out, that is).
But this interest in Wafa bin Laden has a serious dimension to it. I'm reminded of those porn postcards (see above right) that the French made of Algerian women. In both cases, a supposed "Arab woman" is being exposed to the consumption of the western male gaze. If we can't defeat bin Laden, some may think, we can at least have his niece pose half naked for us.