Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Well, At Least He Has One Thing Going For Him

My collective opinion on women has fallen several notches after reading this.
Bilawal Bhutto, thrust into the political spotlight by the assassination of his mother in Pakistan, can count on support from at least one source -- female Facebook fans who describe him as "hot".

"Oh My God he's cute," said one contributor to "Let's not assassinate Bilawal Bhutto because he's hot, ok?," a new group on the social networking site after the 19-year-old was named last week to succeed his mother as leader of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP).

"Oh God, I totally agree. He's so sexy," added another member of the group, which so far had 48 members.


negeen said...

Hi Ahsan,

1. This guy is incredibly unattractive, but more importantly,

2. This ("We [Pakistani women] like him because he's supposedly cute") strikes me as no different or worse than all the "We [in the States] liked her because she went to Radcliff and had alot of jewelry and, bonus, made noises about democracy" stuff we're getting here.

I've gathered from checking your blog this past week that you were a fan of hers so I'm sorry if this strikes you as insensitive, and I hear you that things are surreal in Pakistan, but the coverage Bhutto mere is getting here in the US is pretty surreal too.

It's sad when anyone's killed, but from what I know of Pakistani history (admittedly much less than you and your Pakistani friends on this blog), I don't recognize this person being spoken about in/by the media here *at all*.

Furthermore, people are being killed *every day* there for a wide variety of reasons. It strikes me as a real shame for the country that (only) this particular killing is meriting this type of attention/sadness/etc.

Shutting up now, and hoping you and yours are safe,


Ahsan said...

hey negeen,

that's more than a fair comment. a few quick thoughts:

1. this type of coverage is not endemic to benazir. just a couple of years ago when regan died, US networks were falling over themselves to proclaim him this and that, and recall how much he did for "freedom". i wonder how many latin americans agreed with those assessments. my point is not to pick on RR but to say that when a high-profile politician dies, we're not going to see criticism and questioning of their misdeeds immediately after. that stuff is reserved for a little later, when the dust, so to speak, has settled.

2. i did support her but am aware of her many, many faults. that doesn't mean that her death wasn't tragic and a serious blow for pakistan. not for "democracy" or "liberalism" or "moderation" but pakistan.

3. you're definitely right about the double standards in coverage. in the two days of rioting after the assassination, 40-odd people died, but that was pushed to the back-burner on local channels in favor of more BB talk. it was pissing off, but also wholly unsurprising.

4. you're being too modest with your knowledge of pakistan comment. to our other readers, negeen is writing a dissertation on nuclear weapons in india and pakistan and how they may or may not have changed pakistan's actions. won't reveal too much more; we'll all just have to wait for the article/book that makes negeen famous!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

speaking of facebook - did you notice that cnn's coverage of the debates yesterday was sponsored by facebook? so weird...