23 August, 2006

moral values

Perhaps like me you view Etisalat’s defence of moral values from quite a cynical stand point…
I decided to do some investigating and I came across Etisalat’s Al Bahhar website (which proudly displays the following line at the bottom of each of its pages: “Copyright © 2002, Emirates Internet & Multimedia. All rights reserved”, it also, according to WHOIS records belongs to the head office of Etisalat); in particular the jokes section.

I was disheartened to read jokes like this:
“What is the difference between a blonde chick and a 747? A: Not everyone has been on a 747” (direct link here)
I think this joke is playing around with the severe moral issue of pre-marital sex. It also trivializes the role of women (in particular blonde women) in modern society and degrades them to mere ‘objects of pleasure’. I am deeply disheartened Etisalat would try to promote this message among the people of the UAE. Also by mentioning the Boeing 747 (a plane dated from the early 70’s) it is insinuating the UAE to be technologically outdated, not so, they have VoIP… no actually they don’t.

Another joke I found quite offending was this:
“In a large supermarket, a man approached a very beautiful woman and said, "I've lost track of my wife in here. Could you talk to me for a couple of minutes?" "Why?" she asked. "Because every time I talk to a beautiful woman, my wife appears out of nowhere."” (direct link here)
I think Etisalat trivialising the sacred relationship between husband and wife means they treat marriage as a joke; how can they trivialize the upbringing of children like this? I am offended (and I hope you are too)

The following joke is the last I am able to reproduce on the UAE community blog…
“Q;what is hard and erect when it goes in&soft and sticky when it comes out??? a::chewing gum” (direct link here)

You can read more of my thoughts on this over here.


Anonymous said...

get a life my friend

Seabee said...

Well found sam, and I agree with your comments about the 'jokes'. I know there's a contact point on Etisacrap's site to request unblocking, but is there one to request that a site is blocked? I'd like to nominate Al Bahhar due to its content being inconsistent with the religious, cultural, political and moral values of the United Arab Emirates.

Woke said...

Just check the latest post in the Computers section. You will know why it happens.

samuraisam said...

anonymous @ 23 August, 2006 14:26: shut the hell up my friend

seabee: Maybe if we all email them they'll block themselves?

woke: Heh.

nick said...

One word...Haarraaaaam!

Anonymous said...

These jokes are Haram and the Etisalat website should be blocked.

Etisalat is responsible for this content which promotes degradation of women, promiscuity, adultery, illicit behaviour, etc.

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