Fifteen days since the Lebanese revolution was born as a result of economic and environmental crises, the pressure reaching its optimal degree, which had come as a wake up call to the nation, anger may have dominated the revolution atmosphere, but the Lebanese humorous essence has remained the same no matter how hard or troublesome the revolution can get. These tweets are the living proof of it:
#1. Petitioning for a Halloween party in Riad El Solh
petition to host the biggest halloween party in riad el soloh, with costumes and all
“Lebanese people trying to get rid of their corrupt g*vernment.” This tweet and video remind of me of Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone quote in the Godfather two: “Just when I thought I was out; they pull me back in.”
Spoiler: Michael Corleone is the most powerful Mafia leader in that nation who is always seeking reform but always finds himself lured back to the dark way of getting things done.
“Guys, if your mum didn’t make lunch today, follow me to the Ring Bridge where there is BBQ and drinks and guys and gals, it’ll be a blast.” This is in reference to the protesters getting their furniture to the Ring Bridge and trying to make it feel like home as much as possible, calling it: The People’s Home.
#5. This protester wonders if the revolution is against him
بري: انا مع الثورة الرئيس: نحنا مع الثورة جنبلاط: مناصرينا مع الثورة حزب الله: مطالب الثورة مطالبنا القوات اللبنانية: دايرة الثورة الكتائب: الجميل مفترش طريق الثورة الحريري: مطلوب حماية الثورة يحرق بيي هالثورة ما تكون ضدي ومش عارفة
*All political parties*: we are with the revolution. *A normal Lebanese citizen*: could the revolution be against me and I don’t know?”
The biggest joke in this whole revolution is the corrupted politicians backing up and supporting the revolution that wants them out and/or in jail. We know it doesn’t make sense; we don’t understand it either.
#6. Because “all of them” really means “all of them!”
“This one too, all_means_all.” Cafematik is a café at Rafik Al Hariri Airport in Beirut that will make you pay $10 for a Labne Sandwich, which is an extravagant price for a sandwich that should not cost more than $1.
#7. The unspoken reaction we’ve been all doing these days on social media
صباح الخير، كم انفولو وميوت وبلوك صرتوا عاملين من أول الثورة؟
“Good morning, how many unfollows, blocks, and reports have you done since the revolution started?”
Not sure about you guys but I would say around 30 unfollows for sectarian people, 25 blocks for people accusing me of treason, and 120 reports for inappropriate mockery of the revolution, but who’s counting anyway?
#8. Threatening the politicians to shut up
والله اذا بعد حدا منكم بيطلع بيلقي كلمة، بدّن يجو قبرص وتركيا وسوريا يتظاهروا معنا بالشارع.
“If any of you (talking to politicians) makes another speech, Cyprus and Turkey and Syria will come and protest with us in the streets.” Lebanese government not only aggravates the nation, but for sure will drive the citizens of Jupiter crazy too.
“When they take me to interrogations and they show me the posts that I wrote during the revolution.” It is auto-correct, people. An American conspiracy theory to try and ruin my life and humanity as we know it.
“Lebanon for real partied for two weeks straight till the whole government resigned. ICONIC.” If there is anything to be learned from the Lebanese revolution, it is definitely dabke… and well, that expressing joy is more effective than violence.
#12. Revolution doesn’t mean we don’t take a break
عن جد نحن شعب كتير special لدرجة انه مناخد break من الثورة حتى نرتاح
“Seriously, we are a very special people to the point that we take a break from the revolution to rest.” We will be back, we just need our sobheyet ahwe (morning coffee gathering) with our jara (neighbor) for an energizer.