Lebanese star Myriam Fares faces blackface backlash

The Lebanese pop star released her latest music video last week. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 15 December 2018
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Lebanese star Myriam Fares faces blackface backlash

DUBAI: Lebanese singer Myriam Fares has come under fire on social media after a scene in her latest music video appears to show the star in blackface.
Fares released the video for her new track, “Goumi” (Get up), on Wednesday and the jungle-themed video sees the pop star performing in African-themed costumes. In one scene, she is painted a significantly darker shade and is seen wearing a neck ring.

A still from the video. (YouTube)


“Are we not going to talk about @myriamfares blackface in her new video? And all that cultural appropriation is (going to) slide?” one user commented on Twitter, while another tweeted: “Myriam Fares is the perfect example (of) Arab ignorance. Is it really difficult educating yourself on what is right and wrong? Blackface? In 2018? What is more disgusting is the fact that the comments are all praising the video and no one sees her actions as wrong.”
Some users, however, see no issue with the video, with one Twitter user praising it for presenting a “wonderful mixture between Arabic culture and African culture.”


K-pop superstars B.I.G release Arabic cover song

Updated 18 March 2019
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K-pop superstars B.I.G release Arabic cover song

DUBAI: K-pop superstar band B.I.G have just released a cover of hit Arabic song “3Daqa” by Egyptian singer Abu featuring actress Yousra, sending fans into a frenzy online.

This cover is part of the pop group’s “The Global Cover Project” and marks the second time the boy band has released a cover of an Arabic song. On January 31, they released a cover of “La Bezzaf” by the Arab band The5.