Hello Dubai, the Bangkok of the Middle East, where Arabs go to sin. Google it, the menu comes in an assortment of colors; blondie chicks from Russia (apparently, the most common), black beauties from Ethiopia (second most found variety), Asian babes from the Philippines and India, among other varieties. I have never been to Dubai, and yet stories of friends who got approached in the city and the tales of bars filled to the brim with girls waiting to get picked up are always told. Here’s a documentary about prostitution in Dubai. A website I found claims, “An economist recently informed me that vice, directly and indirectly, accounts for over 30% of Dubai’s money-go-round.”
Not that I care. Live and let live, eh?
What I do care about though is the hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil but stomp-on-what-might-be-naughty policy they have adopted.
What I care more about is censorship practiced on locally produced things while eyes are kept closed and teeth are kept shiny when it comes to imports. Esquire has naked pinup chicks? Alright, who cares, stack the racks with the magazine anyway.
But God forbid, a regional magazine decides to print half-naked chics in Dubai? Oh, my, the Lords of Censorship (in this case Dubai’s Ministry of Culture) must put their foot down and forbid printing images of chicks in bathing suits in the local printing agencies.
Seriously, what difference does it make where the material is printed when similar (and much more explicit) material is being sold locally anyway?! Not only that, but as far as I know, its perfectly ok in Dubai to swim on the beach in a bikini right? So what’s wrong with printing reality? I’ve also seen tons of pictures of drunk girls half naked in bars and clubs in Dubai itself, like here, here, here, here, here, and here.
Oh, well. Feast your eyes on what Dubai’s Ministry of Culture wouldn’t let us print– a chick in a bikini, a Brazilian dancer during the World Cup, and another chick in a swimsuit (that’s not a bikini).
Arab hypocrisy grinning at us again. I can see its shiny teeth. Come on, wave everyone!