The Lebanese artist stresses that it is useful to open a discussion about other forms of racism
“Part of the criticism directed at me may be right and its viewers have debatable views, of course, and I have no objection to that, especially in the part related to the intellectual property of the original image that I used and limiting the suffering of blacks to skin color and shape,” says Saleh in an interview with “Al-Akhbar” through video. And she adds that «the problem in this world in which we live today is that all words become unacceptable if they are not included under the category of politically appropriate … Under the control of virtual platforms, we can say that freedom of expression no longer exists … Did the rule become that either We talk in a way that some consider decent or be flogged if we are different? ” In this context, Tania raises an important question for her: “Who decides what is politically correct already in our country?”, And then indicates that “I have several question marks about who leads some campaigns, timing and how they work.”
She stresses that the purpose of the post that has sparked widespread controversy is to solidify with all people and peoples who resist all forms of discrimination and racism: “Truthfully, I, as a musician, have always dreamed of being black … Maybe I made better music, sang and danced in a better way … The closest artists To my heart is of African origin … What if I said that I wish I was Naji Al-Ali, for example? Would I be exposed to the same arrows? ” And unfortunately, the skin has become a habit … and here it is necessary to ask about the extent to which such electronic bullying is considered permissible? She also pointed out that the concept of self-expression, diversity of opinions, and acceptance of the other that you are talking about does not only apply to racism, but also applies to several topics, including feminism, equality, LGBT society, harassment …
In her opinion, the most important thing today is to work to achieve the demands associated with these matters in terms of laws and social practices instead of setting criteria that people must abide by, otherwise they will be translated and atone. There are several factors that govern the way people behave, starting with their way of thinking and their convictions, through the societies in which they grew up to religious and ideological backgrounds … It also considers that it is useful (as I mentioned on Social Media recently) to open a discussion on “racism practiced against Arabs, Jews, Italians and people of Latin origins, Chinese and others in the mainstream media »!
In the end, she cites a column published by Courtland Milloy in the Washington Post in 2019, titled “Figuring out what’s behind the use of blackface could depend on who you ask,” dealing with conflicting opinions about the Blackface today. Speaking of his words, Milloy relies on Duanalin Reyes, curator of music and performing arts at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, who stresses that “the intention of those who resort to Blackface should be taken into account.” Everything for him comes within the context: “Intention is the key. Is Blackface different when blacks use it? Zulu resort to it as part of historical traditions and culture … but the increased sensitivity to the subject will create a rule that applies to all situations … It is difficult to understand when it is acceptable and when it is not, if we do not know the context, history, and tradition behind the situation itself.