“M-R: What is the idea behind these satirical videos? What is their aim?
A. S.: The videos wanted to poke fun at the idea of Lebanon as a major tourist destination by examining the experience of hundreds of thousands of foreigners during their stay in Lebanon.
Originally, we came up with the idea because of recent Ministry of Tourism ad campaign, Lebanon Blues, that sought to sell Lebanon by highlighting its various attractions. In a particularly misogynistic and demeaning clip, it attempted to sell Lebanon by offering clips of women’s body parts and focusing on a rather horny man wishing to come back.
Our revulsion at the Ministry’s decision to objectify Lebanese women and use their bodies to attract tourists set us to thinking about how we could respond, and thus was born “Welcome to Lebanon,” the videos the Ministry of Tourism SHOULD be showing foreigners who come to Lebanon.”