Every Summer Behind The Green Door; a prominent group of events organizers in Beirut, organizes a set of parties under the name of Decks on The Beach. They claim to have “simple setting by the sea, open minded crowd and bouncy feel-good tunes”, they also claim to promote f
reedom, hedonism, sun, sweat and weird dance moves.”
This Friday 29 May, Decks will be organizing an event under the name of Deep Shit, presenting Jack from Friendly Fires and Ed from Foals.
So far so good. The event sounds fun and pretty much interesting if you’re into deep house music and a little bit of alcohol abuse. Until the event planners decide to promote their event with a 50’s/60’s image that is obviously violating women’s rights and image.
A semi naked white blond guy is grabbing two white girls by the waist. The two girls are completely naked and the guy is smiling arrogantly to the camera with his shades on. The picture is obviously sexist and any person with minimal knowledge would understand the sexism behind it. But yet, it seems some people can’t.
On 25 May, and after the bunny posted an outrageous post and called to boycott the event. Many party goers or as they refer to themselves “party animals” were offended how the bunny stated his mind on their beloved event page.
The crowd was mostly formed by middle/upper class men and women, from TV presenters (MTV Lebanon to put it in context), DJs, musicians, bloggers… Their perspective is completely understandable. They think the picture has no big deal and it presents their hedonistic artistic life. Some girl called Daniela Skeyki went on to say that women like to be grabbed and slapped as submissive creatures.
The picture promotes women’s submissiveness not just in sexual life but also is social life since the event is purely social and I don’t think any act of sexual behavior is accepted once you’re in there. The picture demeans all women and helps to promote the image of the sexual woman, who’s no more than a toy, for the man to grab how many he can and play with. It undermines the woman entity when Lebanese women are currently working very hard to fix their image as complete human beings, and are calling for their full rights.
This is not the first time women’s bodies are objectified in order to promote a product or event. Event organizers are using this method in a rather constant way to gain men goers. Some events offer free entrance for women. Some wouldn’t let you in if you don’t
bring a woman with you. Their “souk” is based on undermining women’s existence. They only see her as a dancing dollar bill no more.
Some of the crowd is messing up between showing sex in art and using sexist images in marketing. Art has its own realm, it defies human principles for the message or concept it conveys. While marketing uses images to promote a product or event for the sake of money. We oppose the latter completely for it represents the tool which filthy pigs are using to become filthier pigs.
Such a picture should be changed. The event’s organizers were watching silently. The crowd was attacking the bunny on a personal level, since they lost any valid argument. Some were enjoying their nonexistent sense of humor and spitting miniature jokes everywhere on the thread. All of these represent the meaningless and shallowness of the Lebanese events these days. They ignore basic human rights and use the human body as a tool to promote an empty gathering.
To go back to freedom and hedonism.
Freedom is not when you enslave women’s image in order to promote your event. Hedonism is not when you put every principle for the sake of the moolah. Freedom is not when you try to shut an online activist by sending your friends and family. Hedonism is not an empty concept in which you can do whatever you want.
Don’t use words you ignore.
Organizers are still silent, the post has now around 35 likes and still going. If Decks think that by creating controversy they are actually marketing themselves. Well yes they are showing the ignorance and sexism of their existence.
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Every man who undermines women, should be killed by a woman.
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