Marcel Khalifeh is in trouble again with the Islamic moral police represented this time by the Muslim Brothers of Bahrain. He and the Bahraini poet Qasem Haddad issued a statement defending a show that the presented during a cultural event in Bahrain that has been attacked by the Islamists in Parliament, and in mosques, for being against morality and religion and for containing sexually suggestive dancing. In their statement, Khaliefeh and Haddad said their show, "Akhbar Majnoun Layla," meant to recover what we once had and what we miss in our present day--love. It's a celebration of "joy and life against absence and nothingness."
Khalifeh got in trouble with the religious police once before for singing Mahmoud Darwish's poem "Ana Yousef Ya Abi" (I'm Yousef, Father), which some thought offensive because it "sings" verses from the Qur'an.
But this is different. This has SEX and FATWA written all over it!
Haddad and Khalifeh reportedly distributed pictures of themselves to emphasize that they were NOT Nancy Ajram and Haifa Wahbi, respectively. But to no avail.
Frankly, it all sounds subversive to me. Love, joy, and life??? All in one show with music and dance? Come on. We must protect the youth from joy, life, and love. Particularly love. Warden: away with both of their heads!
As Um Kulthoum once said: "7ob eeh elli enta gayy t'oul 3alaih"!!