This is a picture of porn star Mia Khalifa with a dog:
And this is a picture of her arm featuring the chorus of Lebanon’s national anthem (“All of Us! For our country, our flag and glory”):
If you’ve been reading the news over the past fortnight, chances are you’ll have come across Mia and the storm she’s caused in Lebanon after becoming the number 1 ranked actress on Pornhub. That tattoo hasn’t helped calm things down.
I’d say getting your anthem inked on your arm is probably the most patriotic thing you can do. But Mia’s parents appear to disagree not even touching on it in this statement about her career choice: “We disassociate ourselves from her actions which do not reflect her family beliefs, her upbringing or her true Lebanese roots. We hope that she comes back to her senses as her image does not honour her family or her homeland.”
There’s numerous articles you can read about this furore – here’s one featuring lots of Lebanese academics – but what none of them have done is actually tell anyone what the Lebanese anthem sounds like, or even asked if it’s worth getting tattooed on your body. So in the spirit of public service, here it is!
Yes, it’s not the best, is it? Too much stop and starting – a bit like I imagine there is on a porn shoot.
But that chorus: if you’re patriotic, can you actually get better? I mean, it covers everything you need in 10 words.
As a random aside, did you know the Lebanese army has a website featuring the 31 (!) anthems it plays on a regular basis? No? Neither did I until about five minutes ago. But it’s thoroughly worth a visit. There’s even an Anthem of Armoured Vehicles. Literally amazing.