-The neurotic journey of moving to Europe and taking all my clothes off in Germany
Growing up as an American you hear a few generalizations about Europeans and some of those generalizations are true. They don’t tip, they’re more open sexually, and they are generally comfortable with nudity — whether watching it on TV and movies, or simply taking it all off when things get too warm.
Regarding the latter, I saw it when I came to Oslo during a chilly summer and noticed ass cheeks flapping and side boob swaying in the breeze on the first day of sunshine.
I knew moving to Norway would mean I’d have to cozy up to the idea of splaying my American-grade naked body for all to see at some point. In the future. The far future. But my big reveal came way earlier than I could have mentally prepared for. Not that mentally preparing would have helped.
On a weekend wedding layover in Germany, Matias and I strolled the bone-chilling streets of Berlin and spotted a Finnish sauna. It was so cold outside and a sauna sounded so... [more]
Guest post by Karl Metni from the Unplugged Poets.
2Famous.TV has always been open for guest bloggers who have something to say. This was written by rapper/musician/poet from the Unplugged Poets, Karl Metni, and originally posted on his Facebook wall after a downtown demonstration against the bomb in Ashrafieh in 2012. Since that shocking bomb, more than six have exploded in Beirut, killing politicians, innocent civilians, and destroying city structures.
OCTOBER 21, 2012
If you’re with the Lebanese Forces, or Aoun, or Hezb Allah, or the Future movement, or any other party you’re all the same, useless sheep following useless leaders. You can criticize the fact that I only express myself here on Facebook but trust me I’d rather be sitting at home than making a mockery out of my country on national television. You can all die for all I care. In the end this is the flag I’m raising, the Lebanese flag.[more]
As soon as I moved to Lebanon, people inside and out asked me when I would leave. “How long are you here for?” locals prodded. I’d shrug my shoulders and tell them I didn’t know. “I guess I’ll leave when it feels right…?”
Well, I guess now feels right, or, greater opportunities have arisen. I moved with my boyfriend Matias to his home country of Norway.
It’s not how I came to Lebanon — following my love that is. Remember, I came here with “no money, no plan, no man” and full of confidence because of it.
The months leading up to college graduation in 2011, everyone nervously asked each other “What are you going to do after college?” I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but ... [more]
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 [more]
– see our best stories, videos and podcasts, and read about our personal experiences from the year that passed.
As we’re reaching the end of the most exciting and most productive year in 2famous.TV’s two-year-old history, we figured it was about time for a little roundup of our most glorious moments of the year.
Overview We went to Nepal, we covered the Beirut party scene for the summer of 2013 with the most epic videos, we started our own cooking show AND we hosted our very own radio show in collaboration with Radio Beirut where well-established indie bands, as well as some of the most exciting up-and-coming sounds from Lebanon and Syria, could express themselves to our audience in small intimate concerts, broadcasted live.
Here’s a playlist of 25 intimate musical performances for 2famous.TV RadioShow
It’s been a great year. The website has ... [more]
Are the Norwegians behind 2famous.TV holding out on us? What’s all this I hear about a Viking apocalypse? (Also, it’s pronounced Wiking, because even though Norwegians don’t use the letter W, they think our V is a W even though their V is a V. And really, I think it’s a bit cruel to use a W when spelling of the country’s name in English, no? It’s Norge!)
According to experts of Norse mythology, the Vikings believed that the end of the world is February, 22, 2014! That’s less than 2 months away! Is this true? Why did I have to read about this on the interwebs, boys?
A new year, a new apocalypse conspiracy: What I Know
On November 14, 2013 an ancient Viking horn was sounded to mark 100 days until the pending Viking apocalypse, also known as Ragnarök, or the Doom of the Gods (I researched this, and there are about as many interpretations of Ragnarök as there are ways of me pronou... [more]
My first acting job for an Art Event, ever!
Art projects are a bit like acting jobs. They don´t grow on trees. Thats why i am really happy I got to act in the trailer for the super Secret Walls Art Battle that is taking place at Radio Beirut tonight!
My character was playing chess against a girl in my scene. My own name, Matias Carlsen, is very similar to the name of norwegian world champion of chess Magnus Carlsen, so it is easy to understand that I am typically been name cast for this role. To have a soft and understanding male playing chess probably reflects on how the scandinavian society is looked upon. I am sure my kind features was also important to the director.
I hope this gig can be a springboard to more important jobs in the future, but if you have any feedback on how I can improve my acting, let me know! Check the video and info about the event below:
Secret Walls is the World’s premier live art battle. Taki... [more]
When a group of students was held up at U of H (Houston, not Hijinks), one of the six of the victims was around to tell the tale to reporter Crystal Kobza. His name? Abu Sharmouta. This kid better be graduating Summa Cum Laude for this level of genius.
(For our non Arabic readers: Abu is arabic for ‘father’ while Sharmouta means ‘whore’, translated it’s ‘father of a whore’).... [more]
Or, my lesson on #Mipsterz
As a blog brought to you by self-denying hipsters in the Middle East, you’d think 2Famous would keep up to date with the ever-changing hipster terminology, especially when it’s Middle East relevant! Imagine my surprise when I looked up what a Mipster was. Seriously, it’s a Muslim Hipster! Collectively, Mipsterz!
Unsatisfied with a simple definition, I stalked around on the interwebz a bit until I came across their Facebook page. Here is a snap of a portion of their about section.
How hipster of them! They make words, make fun of themselves and make awesome videos #Makerz
You can check out the Mipsterz Facebook page here!... [more]
-Or just donate blood in Beirut
I woke up late; It was past noon. The electricity wouldn’t be back until 12 and I was alone because Matias went on a mission to Tripoli, so I slept — pretty well for a morning filled with jackhammers and never-ending machine groans. I opened my computer to a hauntingly familiar news jolt. Beirut’s been bombed. Again. This is something like the fourth bomb since moving here two years ago. And as usual, Twitter and Facebook were flooded with sarcastic, pissed off, disillusioned comments; despair for the situation; sympathy for victims and families; and the ever-present blood donating debacle.
Since it was past noon, it was time to work. So I started checking what there was to do. And in between clocking casualty numbers and who did what, I’d write a line or two of silliness about bamboo massages (they seem re... [more]