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Exclusive interview with Amin Gemayel

May 27th, 2009 · 10 Comments · Lebanon


gemayeljpgAmin Gemayel has apparently signed-up for Twitter. And in an exclusive interview with the Syria News Wire, he has revealed he could join a government led by the Hizbollah coalition.

First, a huge disclaimer, we have no way of knowing that this really is the man himself. Accounts have often been set up parodying politicians. @amingemayel, though, hasn’t said anything incriminating. I came across him when I became the third person he decided to follow.

Although he has revealed a few secrets: the Twitters he is following. And the list really is explosive.

Amin Gemayel’s Phalange party has often been accused of fascism, although that image has been softened in recent years. Amin, though, seems to be keen to keep up with news from neo-Nazi French fascist Jean Marie Le Pen – Le Pen is the sixth person Gemayel decided to follow. Also on his list are Benjamin Netanyahu, Carla Bruni, Haifa Wehbe and Nancy Ajram. Oh, and Gay_Porn_Stud.

So, on to the interview:

Syria News Wire: busy with the elections?

Amin Gemayel: oh’s a done deal

SNW: Sa’ad Al Hariri says he will never join a March 8 coalition. Walid Jumblatt wants a meeting after the elections with Nasrallah. What about you? Would you consider joining a March 8 government?

Gemayel: I am always open to a meeting.. then we will see

SNW: so you are not ruling it out?

Gemayel: no

SNW: what would it take for you to join?

Gemayel: let’s first see what the results are, then we can go from there

SNW: were you surprised by the Der Spiegel allegations that Hizbollah killed Rafiq Al Hariri?

Gemayel: a little.. but clearly it makes a very weak case

SNW: how so?

Gemayel: the timing.. and the unknown sources

At this point, I asked him when his latest TV appearance was – as a little test to see if it really was Amin Gemayel. He said France 24, but couldn’t name the date or time. Make your own mind up.

He then went on to link to articles about his nephew’s election campaign.


10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nick // May 27, 2009 at 11.30 pm

    I don’t have any problem at all believing that a prominent Lebanese public figure would follow Gay_Porn_Stud on Twitter.


  • 2 Pazuzu // May 28, 2009 at 12.35 am

    Thanks a lot for this piece :)
    but one correction:
    Nadim is Bachir’s son, the interview the twitterer is refering to is about nadim, not sami (sami being amine gemayel’s son who is still alive )

  • 3 Pazuzu // May 28, 2009 at 12.40 am

    And oh, I forgot to say this at first (though it was the reason why I decided to leave a comment). Please do avoid attacking anyone with the gay accusation, that is a dangerous accusation that aggravates a very sad fact of hate-crimes and homophobia.

  • 4 Sasa // May 28, 2009 at 12.44 am

    Pazuzu, thank you very much for your comment. And you are absolutely right about the comment about homophobia. My point was simply that he was looking at gay porn – I would’ve pointed it out just the same if he had been looking at hetrosexual porn!

    Nick, Amin Gemayel is Lebanese!

  • 5 Nick // May 28, 2009 at 8.56 pm

    Thank You for the correction Sasa. I’m still sceptical that any public figure, Lebanese or otherwise who wanted to maintain his bona fides would follow someone who calls himself Gay_Porn_Stud on what is essentially a worldwide personal advert i.e. Twitter.

  • 6 Sasa // May 28, 2009 at 9.00 pm

    I am also sceptical. The thing that makes me think it could be him is this – he admitted he was new to Twitter – and so maybe he didn’t realise we could all see who he was following.

    When I pointed it out to him, he didn’t reply. If it was someone trying to embarrass him surely he would’ve made a big deal about it.

    Also, his tweets have been very diplomatic – not like other satirical twitter accounts, which try their best to humiliate the politician they are impersonating.

  • 7 Rime // May 29, 2009 at 2.41 pm

    Do you think Amin Gemayel would point out to “the cute David Fray” and link to his photo saying “check out his pic”?

  • 8 Sasa // May 29, 2009 at 2.44 pm

    Yes, that’s true, he did that after I spoke to him. It’s looking more and more like a stunt. But seriously is that the best he can do?!! Also the recent statement about Hizbollah, which contradicts what he was saying to me.

  • 9 Rime // May 29, 2009 at 4.10 pm

    I don’t think it’s a stunt Sasa, just someone using his name. Loads of those on Twitter, and some public figures have more than one passing as them. In the case of politicians, I would only take statements on their own websites as legit.

  • 10 Sasa // May 29, 2009 at 4.14 pm

    Someone who clearly wants us to believe it is him. I just can’t figure out why they’d bother – unless you’d want to use it for satire. @fulla_ on the other hand definitely is the Fulla Doll!

    Even websites aren’t sacred, remember this stunt, after a real-looking website was created:

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