Taroudant, Morocco - While Moroccan women are often subject to clichéd judgments by people in Gulf countries, being alternately labelled as“husband takers, witches and prostitutes,” it appears that Moroccan male artists also are the target of assaults based on ignorance and stereotypes.
Taroudant, Morocco – While Moroccan women are often subject to clichéd judgments by people in Gulf countries, being alternately labelled as“husband takers, witches and prostitutes,” it appears that Moroccan male artists also are the target of assaults based on ignorance and stereotypes.
Young Moroccan singer Saad Lemjerred, who is very famous in the Gulf mainly in Kuwait, was recently verbally attacked and mocked by a Kuwaiti TV show presenter.
In a video posted on YouTube on April 2, the presenter of the program show “Alkuwait wa Annas” [Kuwait and People] was apparently outraged by the large number of fans who crowded to meet and have their photos taken with the Moroccan singer in the Kuwaiti Al Hamra Mall.
Incensed by the fame that the Moroccan singer enjoys in the Gulf, the presenter intentionally mispronounced the name of the Moroccan Singer Saad Lmjared several times, in an apparent attempt to defame and tarnish the reputation of the singer.
“We haven’t seen the last of the black magic of Morocco,” the journalist said. “They bring us this so called Almojared,”he quipped, intentionally distorting the singer’s name.
Saad Lemjerred appeared on Wednesday April 2 at Al Hamra Mall in Kuwait to promote perfumes for a famous brand. A large number of fans attended, hysterically shouting his name and singing along on his famous song “Nti” sung in Moroccan dialect. This apparently inflamed the rage of the TV presenter.
While some Kuwaiti media blamed the poor organization in the mall and the disorder of young people jostling each other on the arrival of Saad Lemjerred, the presenter of Alshahed TV Channel, Mohammed Al Mulla, preferred to hold the singer personally responsible for what happened, attacking him and his country, Morocco.
Reading aloud a tweet by “a Moroccan girl,” written in Moroccan dialect, the presenter displayed his seemingly narrow knowledge of Arabic variations and linguistic diversity, remarking, “Moroccans have problems with standard Arabic.”
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