Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, Jack White and Renee Zellweger, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito; Opposites attract, and we (Jorgo and Layal) are no exception. We’re like day (he has hair like the golden sun) and night (that’s what my name means), Evil (it’s his legal middle name) and good (I’m internet famous without a sex tape!). We’re the internet’s newest power odd couple and I’m about to ‘splain why.
Sometime last year, Jorgo was featured in Buzzfeed as one of the types of hipsters you’d likely to encounter in London. Proud/embarrassed, he posted an article apologizing to the world for starting the hipster movement, thus perpetuating the destruction of the world. Today, I found out that I was listed on Buzzfeed’s 41 Powerful Messages From A Selfie Protest In Lebanon! That’s anti-destructive and not so hipster, thus securing our place as the odd couple for the ages!
He’s listed as #9 and I’m listed as #34 on our respective lists, which might mean that he’s 25x more famous than I am, but he was on a rather embarrassing list, and I am proud of what I’m a part of, so that’s that.
NOW, FORGET EVERYTHING I SAID
Even though it’s super cool that Jørgen and I are the internet’s newest power couple, that’s not what I AM NOT A MARTYR is all about, or why I submitted a photo to join my fellow Lebanese in sharing what they want to see change in Lebanon.
I’m sure Lebanon means something different for everyone, but for me, it’s magic. So many things have happened in the last 5 years: I got to know the amazing Lebanese branch of my family tree, I met a few BFF’s, I got to explore one of the most awe-inspiring places on Earth, it brought Jørgen and Matias together, they walked across the country, then, it brought Adrian and Matias together, and, best of all, for me at least, it brought Jørgen and I together! Isn’t that wonderful? Good, bad and ugly (I’m looking at you tattooed eyebrows), there’s so much love to pass around!
I mean, how else could two Norwegians who can’t speak a lick of Arabic walk across Lebanon and be embraced by people where ever they went if the place wasn’t magical?
I AM NOT A MARTYR is not trying to change the world. It’s opening up dialogue amongst a startlingly apathetic and blazé generation. It’s a statement against everyone who names an innocent kid, who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, a martyr. It’s an answer to the media that casts fictional characters in it’s theatrical drama; the villain, the victim, the martyrs. Mostly, it’s just refreshing to see that so many people still give a shit.
I just want the hundreds of thousands of people like me, who’s parents left for a better life, to have the opportunity to go back and explore the mother country the same way I did. I want all the foreigners to have the chance to see that Arabs are not what other people define us as. Muslim, Christian, Druze, Jewish, Atheist whatever, we’re friends and with the exception of an insane few, we’re just trying to live a good life, love, eat good food, laugh and never have to say I lost someone, or our entire country, to religious or political violence.
So, I encourage you to check out their page, post a pic and tell everyone what you want to see for a better Lebanon! You’ll be surprised how many people post messages you’ve thought, agree with and want to see happen!
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