Presenting my top two commercials that aired during Beyonce’s concert last night, also known as the Superplate? Superspoon? I dunno something with crockery.
The always hilarious Amy Poehler killed it in the Best Buy ad. My favorite quotes:
“Can I use a dongle with this? Does it make you uncomfortable when I use the word Dongle?”
“What’s the cloud? Where is the cloud? Are we in the cloud now?”
Best Buy – Asking Amy: Official 2013 Best Buy Game Day Commercial
“But what is more real than a song?”
1. End of global warming (cause you know, no more globe)
2. End of world hunger
3. No more war
5. No more Dubstep
6. No more Justin Bieber
8. No more Pitbull saying random things that don’t make sense
10.No more hipsters
So there you have it. See you on the other side. The hipsters song is stuck in my head.
After hearing this, Mr. Shaheen confronted the MEA employee about her racist behavior and was completely brushed off. This compelled him to share the incident on Facebook where the story got the media attention needed to bring awareness to this issue. In the BBC Arabia interview below with Abed Shaheen, Public Works Minister Ghazi Al Aridi stated that strict actions will be taken, including termination of the offensive employee.
Terminating that individual is not enough. I sincerely hope the following actions will be taken:
1. The ignorant and racist MEA employee sends a personal apology to each and every Filipino person she offended, then gets fired.
2. The Airlines and MEA Ground Staff should be held accountable and plan a training strategy for all staff members on respect and good customer service, since clearly this concept doesn’t exist in their corporate culture.
3. As a further apology to the humiliation the Filipino travellers endured as a result of the actions of the MEA staff member, the airlines should award all these travellers free First Class tickets to the destination of their choice.
This incident is just the tip of the iceberg of the blatant racism and ignorance towards other people in Lebanon. I am sick and tired of Lebanese people saying, “We are Lebanese, we are superior, we are the best, we are better than them [whoever they may be]” because it is bullshit.
It is time the awareness of people evolves by introducing tolerance and respect training programs in schools, universities and organizations. It is time the laws change to protect migrant workers in Lebanon. It is time we stop saying we are better, and start acting like it.
Even she herself believed it, only for a moment. Once the moment had passed, the glaring truth spewed up like sewage in a clear water lake. Everything was not fine. Far from it.
What if everything we were told were lies?
What if bad things only happened to bad people?
What if we lived forever?
What if everyone was happy, healthy and in love?
What if everything had a happy ending?
What if there was no suffering?
What if the earth wasn’t suffering?
What if we all got what we wished for?
What if we all tried to change the world?
What if we all had someone to love who loved us in return forever?
What if you we did what we loved instead of what we were supposed to do?
What if we weren’t afraid?
Coming from Lebanon and having watched the Arab Spring, it was unusual for me to see a protest that didn’t arise from a few bombs, a dictator or an assassination, but I digress.
I fully support the students’ right to peacefully protest something they oppose. However, I don’t feel that a $325 increase in annual tuition fees warrants a city wide protest. Quebec still has one of the lowest university tuition fees in Canada. Students seem to forget that if the tuition fees paid by Quebec students are not increased, the universities will just keep increasing international student fees.
For example, a Quebec undergraduate student in the University of Montreal will pay about $72.26 per credit, while an international undergraduate student pays between $485.39 to $639.97 per credit. That is a difference of over 500%. If international student tuition fees continue to increase, many international students will choose to pursue their higher education elsewhere.
The tuition fees subsidization may also give the provincial government justification to increase taxes, without having to prove that the tax revenue went to supporting university education programs.
Yes taxes will continue to increase and yes, universities may continue to spend their revenue on shiny new buildings without spending on the actual programs. But keeping the Quebec students’ tuition fees at the level they are while increasing international students’ tuition fees is not the answer. I do believe higher education should be a right for every individual, but the right shouldn’t be awarded to one group of students and not another.
What do you think about the Montreal Student Protests and why?
We see it everywhere. From political leaders fighting on the news to kids fighting in the school playgrounds, we cannot deny that there is hatred and intolerance in the world. This global hatred is the reason behind Benetton’s shocking UNHATE campaign which launched worldwide yesterday.
To spread their message of “UNHATE,” Benetton published images of world leaders kissing in Milan, Paris, Tel Aviv and New York, coupled with an UNHATE film. Using the image of a kiss between mortal enemies, Benetton invites people to embrace tolerance and acceptance, to UNHATE:
“What does UNHATE mean? UN-hate. Stop hating, if you were hating. Unhate is a message that invites us to consider that hate and love are not as far away from each other as we think. Actually, the two opposing sentiments are often in a delicate and unstable balance. Our campaign promotes a shift in the balance: don’t hate, Unhate” The Benetton UNHATE Foundation
The campaign has already spread like wildfire across newspapers, TV stations and social media websites. The Vatican has already announced that it “will take legal action against the Benetton clothing company to prevent the publication of an ad featuring a fake photo montage of Pope Benedict XVI kissing a top Egyptian imam on the lips.” (Source: Yahoo News Canada)
While the campaign is definitely provocative and conveys a universal message of tolerance, the question is, has Benetton gone too far? Or are we as a modern society so desensitized that we need such shocking images to bring the message across? The public’s reaction over the next few days will determine the results. The fact that the campaign got people thinking about tolerance is in and of itself a measure of success.
For more UNHATE information: http://unhate.benetton.com/