17 January, 2006

Gay Chef Peril


I'm cracking up.

Khaleej Times Online, 23.12.05
An official in the Dubai Police Human Rights Care Department said, "as per UAE laws and our religion and culture, homosexuality and pornography are not allowed in the country. Homosexuals are not allowed to gather in public places."

He said that the department did not receive any complaint so far against homosexuals. "This phenomenon is common to all societies. In the past, there were a few such people in the UAE, who used to work as cooks. But they respected the feelings of others. However, now with the growing tolerance of this practice globally, homosexuals think they have a right to announce their sexual orientation and form communities," he added.

8 comments:

nick said...

"Homosexuals are not allowed to gather in public places"

Oh NO! Where are we supposed to 'gather' now? Secret underground caves?


Only in KT....

MD said...

worked as COOKS? no porn or gays in the country? oooookkk...if they say so :S

yes, yes. i'm cracking up too :D

Anonymous said...

What purpose does it serve to showcase these kinds of statements, and mock them?

I happen to disagree with the statement, so you're just putting a spotlight on one of the facts of living here that I don't like.

It's not as if you're suggesting the way forward, or trying to reconcile the opposing views that people have on the subject of homosexuality. That would be hard work, wouldn't it?

On the other hand, many people would agree with the statement in the article, so you're just mocking them with no explanation of your own view point.

Of course, I can't blame you much, because you're just copying a style that's rampant in the UAE blogging community.

nick said...

That would be hard work, wouldn't it?
Well in a predominantly Islamic society, yes it would be hard work.

..there were a few such people in the UAE, who used to work as cooks..
The reason this phrase was highlighted was because it just sounded so absurd. Should we assume that all gay people here are cooks and that all cooks here are gay? Of course not. The fact is, gay people exist here, it's just not as mainstream as it may be in other countries.

BD said...

Of course, I can't blame you much, because you're just copying a style that's rampant in the UAE blogging community.

At least some UAE Bloggers are willing to offer criticism without hiding behind the cloak of anonymity.

sheikha cheryl said...

You really have to look out for those chefs. They are an Odd bunch.

Anonymous said...

@bd - Really? I suppose your mother called you BD then?

To be honest, most UAE bloggers are not using their real name. If you really have a problem with anonymity, you should take it up with everybody, not just those whose views differ from yours.

secretdubai said...

First: BD posts his own photo, so he's really the last person one can accuse of hiding behind anonymity.

Secondly: There is a difference between 100% anonymous people and identifiably anonymous people: those with a regular, recogniseable nickname. Members and bloggers here fall into the latter category: we may not reveal our real life names, but we can tell one another apart.

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