Syria's Shameful Stars Choose Assad over their Fans

Published May 24th, 2011 - 23:28 GMT

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Durid Laham: a Face Book page described him as 'horn of the regime'. He used to act in theater plays that were critical of the regime; while now he supports Al-Assad. Some suspect he doesn't know which side his bread is buttered- that Laham demands reform and supports the regime at the same time.
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Image 1 of 14: Durid Laham: a Face Book page described him as "horn of the regime". He used to act in theater plays that were critical of the regime; while now he supports Al-Assad. Some suspect he doesn't know which side his bread is buttered- that Laham demands reform and supports the regime at the same time.

Mustafa Khani - very famous for his role in the TV Series Bab El-Harah, he said that the Emergency Law should be re-activated in Syria to deal with the current situation.
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Image 1 of 14: Mustafa Khani - very famous for his role in the TV Series Bab El-Harah, he said that the Emergency Law should be re-activated in Syria to deal with the current situation.

Abbas al-Noury: said that the reform demands are easy to achieve and do not need a revolution, since protests lead only to chaos and instability.
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Image 1 of 14: Abbas al-Noury: said that the reform demands are easy to achieve and do not need a revolution, since protests lead only to chaos and instability.

Rashid Assaf: told a Kuwaiti newspaper that he is a Syrian that supports the regime and wants the regime to remain since he likes the regime’s stance on nationalism and regionalism.
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Image 1 of 14: Rashid Assaf: told a Kuwaiti newspaper that he is a Syrian that supports the regime and wants the regime to remain since he likes the regime’s stance on nationalism and regionalism.

Solafa Fawakhrgy: She stated that protesters are corrupt, and traitors. Revolution is the work of “thugs'; Assad is the only leader that loves his people and has supported them lately. She proclaimed,  “I am  proud to be on the shame list!”
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Image 1 of 14: Solafa Fawakhrgy: She stated that protesters are corrupt, and traitors. Revolution is the work of “thugs"; Assad is the only leader that loves his people and has supported them lately. She proclaimed, “I am proud to be on the shame list!”

Solaf’s husband Wael Ramadan accused protesters of carrying out the work of foreign agendas. He asked Assad to keep the Emergency Law running.
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Image 1 of 14: Solaf’s husband Wael Ramadan accused protesters of carrying out the work of foreign agendas. He asked Assad to keep the Emergency Law running.

Mayada Hanawi: This famous Syrian singer called on radio air for the chaos in Syria to end, broadcasting a show about her national songs. She celebrated the achievements of Assad.
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Image 1 of 14: Mayada Hanawi: This famous Syrian singer called on radio air for the chaos in Syria to end, broadcasting a show about her national songs. She celebrated the achievements of Assad.

George Wassof: The longtime favorite Syrian singer spoke of  the protesters as foreign-driven and not Syrian-grown, arguing that all the Syrian people were actually with Assad.
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Image 1 of 14: George Wassof: The longtime favorite Syrian singer spoke of the protesters as foreign-driven and not Syrian-grown, arguing that all the Syrian people were actually with Assad.

Assalah Nasri – sibling loyalty is dead as the brother and sister of this celeb throw in their lot with the people: They both yried to cast doubt on what she had said or intended, but claimed that she is no longer “their sister” if it was true that she supported the revolution.
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Image 1 of 14: Assalah Nasri – sibling loyalty is dead as the brother and sister of this celeb throw in their lot with the people: They both yried to cast doubt on what she had said or intended, but claimed that she is no longer “their sister” if it was true that she supported the revolution.

Firas Ibrahim: He alleged that the satellite channels are churning out false news about Syria.
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Image 1 of 14: Firas Ibrahim: He alleged that the satellite channels are churning out false news about Syria.

Samu Zain: He held a private protest in front of the Syrian embassy in Cairo to show his solidarity with Assad.
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Image 1 of 14: Samu Zain: He held a private protest in front of the Syrian embassy in Cairo to show his solidarity with Assad.

Ayman Zhidan: He described the Assad speech in parliament as akin to a celebration: 'Today is a National Wedding';  and he thanked Assad for the immediate reforms he’d pledged.
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Image 1 of 14: Ayman Zhidan: He described the Assad speech in parliament as akin to a celebration: "Today is a National Wedding"; and he thanked Assad for the immediate reforms he’d pledged.

Basel Khayat: He said on Syrian TV, who are you, protesters? He attacked the revolution and he announced his loyalty with Assad.
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Image 1 of 14: Basel Khayat: He said on Syrian TV, who are you, protesters? He attacked the revolution and he announced his loyalty with Assad.

Suzan Najem El-Dien: She said that all Syrian people are rallying around the Assad leadership. Do not believe the Satellite channels, they are 'Hidden' foreign agents;  we must be one hand with Assad.
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Image 1 of 14: Suzan Najem El-Dien: She said that all Syrian people are rallying around the Assad leadership. Do not believe the Satellite channels, they are "Hidden" foreign agents; we must be one hand with Assad.

Syrian household soap and film favorite heroes, who tackle social problems on the big screen, are letting the people down in the real world. They are rallying around the Assad regime instead of standing up for their people and fans in revolution.

With enough disappointment for the Syrian people at this time, given their President’s broken promise to them for reform, and his treacherous attack on them in the streets, this is another slap in the face for Syria. It is said that Assad asked the Syrian actors and actresses to reflect Syrian society in their shows, and he assured them of his continued work and support for the reform program of change he had already embarked on.

Syria like Egypt is home to a flourishing film and TV drama industry – the Hollywood of Arabia is now equally spread between Syria and Egypt, the two centres of Arabic teaching also. These actors and actresses are revered and enjoyed in the far corners of the Arab world, but are most treasured at home in Syria. 

Now a revolution of hope for the people of Syria has turned into a revolution of disappointment, as the the sha-ab or ‘people’ looked to their celebrities, the leading light of Syrian pride, for inspiration and courage, only to to met with betrayal. Familiar household faces are now the faces of strangers, as the elite actors and actresses of the Arab film core in Syria have turned their backs on the people struggle in favor of the Regime.

In the last week, a list of Syrian Shame as it’s being tagged has emerged. This list names and shames the Syrian actors and actresses who appeared on Facebook pages in their anti-revolution platforms, supporting the Regime that has let the people down.  Critics of this Syrian people snub, ask the question- Have these national idols no shame? These successful figures who hold pride of place in the bosom of the Syrian family room have not yet realized that their fame and fortune came from the people- who- when it comes to celebrity-  make you and can ultimately break you. 

One of the most universally acclaimed Syrian dramas that has become synonymous with the Syrian drama industry, Bab El-Hara, set in a traditional old-Damascus scape and depicting the heart of the Syrian character, portrays these same actors reflecting real gritty Syrian social issues and afflictions, from revolution and heroic deeds of Syrian people to daily domestic concerns.  However it seems that when it comes to real-time crisis on home soil, these actors are shown up as just that—paid professionals.

Once more, Al Bawaba shines a spotlight on the fickle nature of celebrity and where their support lies at a timewhen their fans need real-life heroes and not just fictional ones.

 

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