It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home!

 

Oh I come from a land from a faraway place
Where the caravan camels roam
Where they cut off your ear if they don’t like your face
It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home!
 
If you’re wondering, thiswas the original song from the opening scene of the 1992 Disney film Aladdin. Being racially charged, for the negative stereotupe it gives about Arabss, the song was changed to the following:
Oh I come from a land, from a faraway place
Where the caravan camels roam
Where it’s flat and immense
And the heat is intense
It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home
What reminded me of this was something I saw yesterday on TV. This young man in a traditional Arabic costume (turban and all that stuff), singing in a pure wetern style grabbed my attention… It turned out to be a bit of the infamous Star Academy. Now I’m not going to rant about how lame the programme is, but I was sort of scandalised at hearing that neo-Aladdin singing the aforementioned song, both the original and the edited lyrics. An Arab in an Arabic programme on Arabic TV channel.
Does it remind you of something?
 
          
Originally posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007  on  http://oeliwat.jeeran.com/archive/2007/3/189300.html

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