Nadine Labaki speaks out after losing out on an Oscar

Khaled Mouzanar, Zain Al Rafeea, and Nadine Labaki at the Oscars. (AFP)
Updated 25 February 2019
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Nadine Labaki speaks out after losing out on an Oscar

DUBAI: Widely acclaimed Lebanese film ‘Capernaum’ didn’t win at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday for best foreign film.

Director Nadine Labaki took to Instagram just hours after the awards ceremony to celebrate the success of the film saying, “Winners or not, we already won your hearts! We love you Lebanon!”

 

Labaki attended the show with her husband Khaled Mouzanar and the main actor in the film, the young Zain Al Rafeea.

 

The film “Roma” snagged the award for best foreign language film, giving Mexico its first win in this category. 


‘I love the Arab side of my family’: Bella Hadid apologizes to Saudi, UAE fans after online backlash

US-Palestinian model Bella Hadid has taken to Instagram to apologize to her fans in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 18 June 2019
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‘I love the Arab side of my family’: Bella Hadid apologizes to Saudi, UAE fans after online backlash

DUBAI: US-Palestinian model Bella Hadid has taken to Twitter and Instagram to apologize to her fans in Saudi Arabia and the UAE after she was accused of being disrespectful by social media users.

It all kicked off when the 22-year-old supermodel uploaded a photo to her Instagram Stories on Monday, showing her boot pictured in front of an Emirates plane and a Saudia plane.

The hashtag #BellaHadidIsRacist started trending as some social media users felt the model was being disrespectful, but she quickly took to the Internet to set the record straight, saying “this was an honest mistake on an early morning” in a tweet.

 “I am posting this to clear up a few things that have been weighing on my heart,” Hadid wrote on her Instagram Stories Monday. “To begin, I would never want my posts or platform to be used for hate against anyone, especially those of my own beautiful and powerful heritage. I love and care so much about the Muslim and Arab side of my family, as well as my brothers and sisters throughout the world.”

Bella went on to address the photo, saying: “The photo of my shoe on my Story yesterday had NOTHING to do with politics. I promise. I never noticed the planes in the background and that is the truth. I would never mean to disrespect these airlines, let alone these amazing countries. I absolutely love these airlines, with the best planes and people (sic).” 

“I will be more responsible when bringing awareness to all causes, including my beloved Middle Eastern community. Thank you for taking the time. I love every single one of you,” she added.