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Sexy Brit bringing Syria in from the cold

July 8th, 2009 · 8 Comments · Media

SNF03SYRIA1_280_837973aAnd just who is the ‘Sexy Brit‘? Asma Al-Assad, of course.

This story tells me two things: first the Syrian government is finally realising the power of Asma to rebrand Syria’s image in the West.

And second, it speaks volumes of the Sun’s cheap racism. The Sun is Britain’s biggest newspaper, read by 3 million people a day (The Guardian, in comparison, gets around 300,000 readers). The Sun is a right-wing, reactionary, flag-waving, nationalist newspaper (“support our boys” at war in Iraq). It is also populist and demagogical. So of course, it would be a sexy Brit not a sexy Arab.

The first paragraph of the article is dedicated to Asma’s sexiness:

“She likes to show off her willowy form in figure-hugging jeans and her mousy brown hair is cut in a stylish flicked bob.”

And the second to her Britishness:

“Born in the west London suburb of Acton, she speaks with a cut-glass English accent and her childhood friends called her Emma.”

But the Sun’s article does portray her as modern, a peacemaker, and representing everything that George Bush thought Syria was not. It also challenges a whole list of stereotypes about Syria. And for that, we must be grateful.

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cheb // Jul 9, 2009 at 2.04 am

    she’s looking very slim and maybe even boarding anorexic?

    whatever happened to the sexy arab curves we’re known for??

  • 2 cheb // Jul 9, 2009 at 2.05 am

    *bordering

  • 3 Maysaloon // Jul 9, 2009 at 2.13 am

    Any mention in the Sun is bad, especially if it is praising somebody.

  • 4 PH // Jul 9, 2009 at 4.12 am

    “whatever happened to the sexy arab curves we’re known for??”

    She lost those in London :P.

  • 5 Arima // Jul 10, 2009 at 6.58 pm

    Ugh…ghastly…I think I’d feel completely violated if I’d been mentioned in the Sun!!

  • 6 Oule // Jul 10, 2009 at 11.49 pm

    Has she a British passport too?

  • 7 Helen // Jul 18, 2009 at 9.54 pm

    Any publicity is a good publicity, she does look fabulous, we Syrian-Brits are very proud of her.

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