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Rape according to this TV host is a sexual thing not a crime

The recent video of Haifa Wahbi, Arabia’s sex symbol, has been posted on Facebook like crazy. I couldn’t watch more than ten minutes to see what all the fuss is about. But, I have no idea how this shocking thing passed without making any noise. I am not talking about the countless poor sexual references or the fact that both the host and the guest were trying very hard. Nothing looked spontaneous. I understand that this show is not for me. Hence, I should not make any comments about it. But, I saw something I couldn’t believe went under the radar without a single objection.

Few clips of the one hour video were also posted on Facebook. In one of these clips, I heard something that I couldn’t believe was said with a laugh. So, I checked out the original video to find out what is going on. The guest, Haifa Wahbi, is promoting her new movie in this show. After tens of sexual references the host asked the guest:

في مجال تريحيني وتقولي لي اغتصبوك بالفيلم ولا لأ؟

The translation is: “Could you put me at ease and tell me did they rape you in the movie or not?”

He said it while laughing. The guest replied jokingly, not disgusted, “What is this question?” And everybody then laughed.

What culture looks at rape as a sexual thing? I just don’t understand this. Rape should never be discussed lightly and definitely not as a joke. The host, the producer(s) and for sure the female actor/singer need to be aware of their horrible mistake.

The video below plays at the mark 18:45 to 19, where the host asks his objectionable question:

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