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Free 'Amina' by suburbanbeatnik

So you guys probably know I've been closely following the unfolding "Gay Girl in Damascus" blog hoax, where a popular lesbian Syrian activist named Amina Arraf was actually outed as a white man from Georgia. Anyway, a very interesting development for me personally has happened in connection with this-- I was interviewed by the BBC this morning on "World Have Your Say: The Amina Hoax." I'm introduced as "Joanne from Georgia" at 19:12. I was asked by Nuala McGovern how much harm the Amina hoax has done, and I said my piece.

Anyway, it was a great experience (if only slightly nerve-wracking). I was the token angry American throwing out phrases like "an almost sociopathic disregard for the feelings of others" and "Internet Munchausen by proxy." I would have called Tom MacMaster an assclown if I could have gotten away with it, but I kept my language PG. (I did say that he was an "attention whore" though-- LOL!) But it was particularly awesome hearing Jelena Lecic at the other end of the line, saying how she WILL take legal action against Tom MacMaster. I had to restrain myself from cheering.

The episode will be available for download for seven days.  Enjoy listening to me sounding like a 12 year old!




  • Listening to: WHYS podcast
  • Reading: Linda LaRoque-- "A Way Back"
  • Drinking: coffee
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
The man's a fucking hick! I hope he's covered in shame and is sued till he learns his lesson. He had her "kidnapped" to put the blog on hold for a while?! And he claims he's aware of the issues involved? Kess ekht shaklo!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
He's a horrible human being, and I think he's probably not right in the head. Have you seen this latest story here? [link]

BTW, I'm afraid to ask... what does Kess ekht shaklo mean? :blushes:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
He seems truly deranged there.
I wouldn't like to fully translate it here, but if you scroll almost all the way down here you'll find ample info ;) [link]
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, yes, that seems to fit!

Speaking of deranged, he claimed, according to an interview that he allegedly did with a Brazilian blog, that he is "a messiah for the lesbians of Syria." [link] But now he's saying that this interview was faked. But given his erratic behavior with the journo Max Blumenthal (he's now claiming Blumenthal is a "self-hating Jew" -- [link] ) I am inclined to think he actually is crazy enough to call himself a messiah.

Appropriate gif is appropriate: [link]
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
wtf...
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GuadaLucero Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
I heart you!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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Ryouko-Masaki Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Omg! I heard about 'her' 'kidnap'. Absolutely shocking!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Isn't it? The whole situation is such a ginormous train wreck... it boggles the imagination!
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Rosengeist Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Listened to it this morning dear. Glad to hear you online, and hey, this guy deserves any negative remark you can make. What he did was horrifyingly ignorant.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, sweetie! :hug:
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Rosengeist Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Most welcome :)
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Crazy! I'm gonna totally listen to it when I get back from dinner, hehehe. And you should've cheered darn it. :XD: That might've been your only chance to do something like that!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL, but it was the BBC, and everyone is so polite! Oh well, at least I got to say "crap" and "attention whore." ;P
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
That's true.:XD: And yeah, I'm more surprised they allowed you to say attention whore. :lol:

I kind of thought that your voice would sound like that. ;p I could tell that you was definitely upset- I'm surprised you actually managed to say anything coherently. If that was me, I would've been a babbling fest. :XD:

Oh, if you don't mind me asking, how DID you get to be interviewed? :?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL, you thought I would sound like a 12 year old Californian? ;P

I was surprised too that I also managed to sound coherent-- I was actually so nervous I had a shot of vodka to calm my nerves. I used to DJ at night for the radio station at my old college, but that was a long time ago...

As for how I was interviewed, I had just befriended a bunch of super-tweeters who were on the breaking edge of the story (like @dazedsaveends, @ThomasRHart and @Masriyah25). So somehow their coolness some how rubbed off on me... and a woman who worked for the BBC asked me if I wanted to be interviewed on her show. I said yes... how often does an opportunity like this come along? :)
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