Canadians stop Lebanese pop star from singing anti-gay song

The Lebanese Canadian LGBT community have been assured that a visiting homophobic pop star will not perform a song which mocks LGBT Lebanese people’s struggle for acceptance

Canadians stop Lebanese pop star from singing anti-gay song
30 August 2012

A group of Lebanese Canadian LGBT activists have successfully campaigned to stop a visiting Lebanese pop star from singing his homophobic hit song during performances in Montreal.

Mohamad Eskandar released the song Ded El Enf, mocking the Lebanese LGBT community’s attempts to find acceptance in the country, earlier this year.

Lyrics include, ‘Without jealousy and real masculinity, women are in trouble. Ever since the military service stopped, half of men became plagued by the disease of femininity.

‘If my dad and yours weren’t macho, we would not have existed and humans would have become extinct.

‘Don’t be tender with your boy and don’t treat him like a flower. When he makes a mistake, firmness is a must. Let him become strong, violent and macho, otherwise he will only be a 50-per-cent man.’

LGBT rights group Helem Montreal say the song advocates violence against LGBT people.

‘Ded El Enf … translates to “Against Violence,” a slogan commonly used by the [Lebanese] LGBT community [to advocate] against discrimination. The title was purposely used to ridicule the LGBT cause and advocacy efforts,’ Helem Montreal said in a statement.

‘[It] also encourages the physical abuse of boys displaying any femininity. The video clip is extremely repulsive and depicts every possible gay stereotype. It portrays men having sex in washrooms, and boys wearing high heels and playing with dolls.’

Helem Montreal contacted both venues where Eskandar is due to perform in early September and both have made assurances that he will not perform Ded El Enf or another song the group has issues with.

The video clip for Ded El Enf has since been removed from YouTube.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet refused to pose for photo with gay marriage foe Rick Santorum

Stonestreet's TV character recently married his male spouse on ABC hit
No thumbnail available

Outgoing Australian gay senator says he 'almost banned lesbian sex'

Bob Brown recalls in a farewell speech how a tactical play almost led him to ban lesbian sex in Tasmania in 1986
No thumbnail available

Bulgaria urged to condemn gay pride stoning threat

Human Rights Watch call for Bulgarian government to denounce priest's calls to 'throw stones' and pride parade marchers
No thumbnail available

Is this the cutest printer in the world?

The new wireless miniature printer sources online content to print as a personal mini-newspaper
No thumbnail available

Model in photo with Taylor Lautner at gay West Hollywood hotspot tries to defuse rumors

'If Taylor Lautner was coming out, I would have taken him home Thursday night'
No thumbnail available

Parents publish suicide note of bullied gay son

Tributes pour in for grieving parents in Netherlands after their 20-year-old son kills himself over bullying
No thumbnail available

Two US students wear 'Gay is not ok' t-shirts on pro-gay school day

Christian pupils claimed homosexuality is offensive to their religion and decided to protest with anti-gay slogans
No thumbnail available

Dan Savage weighs in on a likely Rick Santorum presidential run in 2016

'It 'would be a wonderful turn of events for whoever the Democratic candidate happens to be'
No thumbnail available

Anti-gay parenting researcher Mark Regnerus denounced by own university

Sociology professor Mark Regnarus’ research has been denounced by his own department at the University of Texas as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on same-sex parenting in court cases
No thumbnail available

Intersex rights groups hold 3rd global meeting

Representatives of 30 groups representing intersex people from all continents met in Malta from 29 November to 1 December for the Third International Intersex Forum and reaffirmed their demands to put an end to surgical interventions on children to make them conform to the sex binary