Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Al-Bawaba Needs a New Photo Editor

Al-Bawaba finally covered the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), which happened a month an a half ago. Their tardiness is not my complaint. I have two issues:

Frist, their photos. Judging by the title of the first photo in the article, "israel-gay", it's pretty obvious that it wasn't taken in Beirut. Neither was the second one. It seems that al-Bawaba scoured the net, or their stock, to find the most ludicrous depictions of gay people. News flash: IDAHO was not Mardi Gras! It's incredibly evident why a news source would choose such photos. By making gay people look like endlessly-partying miscreants, they are pushed away from general society. Why should gay people get rights if they all have orange hair and wear floral skirts?

All in all, though, I don't know what to say about the al-Bawaba article. It wasn't that bad; in fact, the writing seemed gay-positive. Maybe they just didn't have access to better photos. Here I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt.

There is one more problem, however: their facts. The article says:
Lebanese authorities had three months prior to the event to deny official
registration of Helem, and did not do so, a move seen by many as tacit support
of the government.

Well, that's almost right. The government had three months after Helem's submission for approval last year to deny its registration. That was not about IDAHO.


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