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Post by theminis Wed 30 Apr 2014, 05:39



This is quite funny in many ways -

Dear George,

Congratulations. Mabrook.

You’re marrying Amal Alamuddin, an international award-winning barrister (for us Americans, “barrister” means lawyer, but I wrote “barrister” because it just sounds so much cooler). And on top of that, she is one of us. You hit the jackpot.

CNN has called her “discreet.” It looks like you found the only Arab woman who wouldn’t blab to the whole world that she is dating George Clooney. Lucky you.

I do have some words of advice for you, from one Arab guy to another soon-to-be Arab guy. Yes, you are not currently an Arab, but you will become one soon enough. See, when one of our women marries a white guy, she doesn’t become whiter. He becomes more like us. Wikipedia says your “ancestry includes Irish, German, English, and more distant Scottish and Dutch roots.” And you were born in Kentucky. As far as I can tell, that means you’re “really white.” Strap yourself in for the ride.

I have been known to get a little upset when Arab girls marry non-Arabs. But most of the time, they turn those non-Arab guys into Arabs. And when that happens, I’m all for it. Our culture is strong. It is contagious. And though you are George Clooney, you will not be immune to this phenomenon.

Oh, and by the way, there are tens of thousands of Arabs named “George.” My dad is one of them. And it’s not Arabized or anything. It’s just “George.” We just say the “g” a little differently, like it sounds in “beige.” So we will be able to say your name just fine. And you won’t be the first couple to be named “George & Amal” either. So you’ll fit right in.

Ok, so let’s talk about a few things.

Get ready to go to Lebanon and explore. We Arabs are extra proud of where we come from. And Lebanese Arabs are extra special super-duper over-the-top proud of where they come from. Lebanon is a beautiful country and you will have a great time. But movies come to the Middle East a little late, so don’t be surprised if some Arabs tell you, “Hey, I loved you in Ocean’s Eleven.” They might not even know about Ocean’s Twelve or Ocean’s Thirteen yet. Try not to ruin it for them. Also, while parts of Beirut are more beautiful than any other place in the world, don’t be alarmed if most of it looks like it was bombed yesterday. This is normal in our part of the world.

Also, you are marrying an international lawyer who has represented kings and advised secretary-generals. We Arabs are political animals, and I imagine Amal is no exception. You will be learning much about the ins and outs of Arab history and politics over the last century. If you haven’t yet, you will probably be receiving some lectures on Palestine. Sit back and listen. You will learn a lot. And it will all be true. You’ve been in Hollywood for a long time, so much of it may come as a shock at first. This is normal. But you’re not just marrying any Arab girl. You’re marrying the Arab girl who is an expert in international law. And there’s nothing we Arabs love more than talking about international law and how it has been betraying us since… well, since forever. And there might be some anger directed at America. But remember, we don’t hate Americans. We just hate America.

Oh, and we have to talk about the wedding. You may have hoped for a small, tactful affair. I wouldn’t be too optimistic. Arab parents like to brag when their daughter marries someone really accomplished like a doctor, a lawyer, or an owner of three or more gas stations. But this Arab daughter is marrying freakin’ George Clooney! She’s marrying Up in the Air! She’s marrying Gravity! She’s marrying Batman! (Yes, I know Batman wasn’t your proudest moment, but you know what I mean.)

At the wedding, the size of your family will immediately grow a hundred times over. You will become a cousin to more individuals than you ever dreamt was possible. You will hold hands with men and dance in circles. You will need to learn the “change the light bulb” and “windshield wiper” moves. I have a video that might help.

Our weddings can create a sort of sensory overload. I would go to a few to observe the spectacle firsthand before your big day. It could be quite traumatic if the first Arab wedding you attend is your own. Yours might make “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” look like a private ceremony.

Incidentally, now that you will have an Arab wife who advocates for Arab rights, if you were ever going to run for political office in America, you definitely cannot now. Unless, of course, you move to Dearborn, Michigan, where you will be swiftly elected mayor with 99.9% of the vote, Saddam-style.

Finally, George, you have inspired me. If you can snag an accomplished, intelligent, beautiful, worldly, multilingual Arab genius professional, then maybe I can too.

So, welcome to the family. You’re going to have more fun than you ever imagined.

Sincerely,
Amer
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Post by LornaDoone Wed 30 Apr 2014, 05:51

Funny but true!
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Post by Butterfly Wed 30 Apr 2014, 05:52

Hahaha...this is so well written, this man could be author and sell books for living.

I wonder if all of it is true though.
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Post by Butterfly Wed 30 Apr 2014, 05:54

Also, I'm a little confused now. Are Druze people Arabs as well?
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Post by LornaDoone Wed 30 Apr 2014, 05:55

Butterfly I think it's pretty accurate even though it's told in a funny way.
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Post by Katiedot Wed 30 Apr 2014, 07:37

Butterfly wrote:I wonder if all of it is true though.
It's exaggerated a little for laughs, but from my experience of dating Arabic men, yes it's more or less true.

I still remember the time when I complained to my then boyf about why I had to (alone because he was busy) deliver some kind of Ramadan food item to one of his millions of cousins who I'd never even met and he just looked me in the eye and told me: "When you spend 40 days with the tribe, you are one of the tribe. Now drive."

Butterfly wrote:Also, I'm a little confused now. Are Druze people Arabs as well?
You're confusing religion and ethnicity. Anyone living in and originating from the Middle East is Arabic* just as anyone living in and originating from the USA is American. Has nothing to do with one's religion.

Druze is a religion. Has nothing to do with where you live.

*with the kind-of exception of Israel which is a discussion not worth getting into.
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Post by Carla97 Wed 30 Apr 2014, 07:37

Butterfly wrote:Also, I'm a little confused now. Are Druze people Arabs as well?

Yes they are a branch of shia Islam and arabs. And I agree writer is pretty accurate how it usually goes with arab-non arab marriages.
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Post by Joanna Wed 30 Apr 2014, 07:42

That's brilliant. 
Has anyone been to an Arab wedding ?
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Post by Katiedot Wed 30 Apr 2014, 08:19

There's not really such a thing as 'an Arab wedding' because you're talking about people and cultures across many different countries. Moroccans, Yemenis, Saudis and Egyptians are all Arabic but have different traditions.

In very general, it's got to be big. The bigger the better. Huge is better still. The more people at the wedding, then the more prestigious it is. Loads of food - and in general quantity counts over quality although of course a good quantity of high quality is top trumps. Generally lots of dancing. Generally very loud music. Generally runs until very late at night. 'My big fat greek wedding' is actually a pretty good starting point although of course the details vary.

And this doesn't take into account the individual tastes and choices of the couple. Just because a typical wedding goes like this doesn't mean that's what George and Amal want for themselves.
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Post by Carla97 Wed 30 Apr 2014, 08:27

Right, I´m sure traditions vary a lot. Haven´t yet been in one, I have heard about the food and loudness, but how about drinking department?

For most arabs I have met drinking alcohol is against their culture which they are raised to respect far more than we are ours. Well my experience is from saudis and gulf countries…so maybe it´s different story in each arab country.
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Post by Katiedot Wed 30 Apr 2014, 08:31

It is definitely a different story in each country.  In the Gulf countries there's no alcohol at weddings (officially anyway) but everywhere else there usually is alcohol unless that particular family are particularly religious.

You can drink yourself stupid in bars, clubs and casinos across Lebanon, Egypt, Syria (well ok, not nowadays) and so on.  Even many of the 'stricter' Gulf countries such as Dubai, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain turn a blind eye to any muslims who want to drink.  More or less.
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Post by Sevens Wed 30 Apr 2014, 08:37

Thanks Katie, then the Arab wedding sounds like most Chinese weddings. We also have to make sure everyone is coming and the bigger the better...with loads of food and alcohol of course. Actually the bridegroom has to toast every guest table. He usually has to drink liquor a lot then gets totally drunk by the end of the wedding. Poor man...
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Post by Joanna Wed 30 Apr 2014, 08:46

Thanks....sounds colourful.
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Post by Butterfly Wed 30 Apr 2014, 21:13

Thanks Katie for the explanations.  Smile 
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Post by Nicky80 Wed 30 Apr 2014, 21:58

That was really a funny article to read and thanks for the very informational posts  Thumbs up!
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Post by LizzyNY Wed 30 Apr 2014, 23:37

Thanks Katie for all the information. Sounds like George is in for a little culture shock. Hope he can handle it.
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Post by bamboochacha Thu 01 May 2014, 01:54

ha. goodbye george clooney.  cheers 
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Post by party animal - not! Sun 28 Sep 2014, 12:40

Very interesting!

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