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One rule for celebrities, and another for you and me?
An Egyptian man in Dubai has been charged with having consensual sex with a woman. Would he have been charged if he were a celebrity?
July 2, 2009 2:12 by Dana El Baltaji
Case in point: when Atlantis, The Palm threw its $20 million bash in September 2008, numerous celebrities travelled to Dubai, including Lyndsey Lohan and her lesbian lover, Samantha Ronson. Everyone knew they shared a room, and I’m guessing they had consensual sex.
No one was arrested, in spite of the whole world knowing exactly what was going at the Atlantis, The Palm hotel.
So, does Dubai have double standards? Would the Egyptian engineer have been charged with consensual sex if he were an A-lister?
And what’s the difference between us and Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, you ask? Aside from their money (I almost typed talent), the difference is fame and the publicity they generate. You don’t put Dubai on the map, but they do.
Hilton’s three-week trip to Dubai has made the emirate visible to numerous A-listers and losers in the United States. Why? Because the media reports on everything she does. There is no limit to the coverage, and for the past three weeks, Dubai’s been riding high on the publicity.
If Paris or Lindsay were arrested for having consensual sex, then Dubai would receive endless negative press. For you, me or the Egyptian engineer, we’d create little more than a passing interest.
In short, I’m blaming the press. And let’s be honest, I’m just as guilty. Kipp published a number of shamelessly sensational stuff about Paris recently, like our “Paris defies Dubai bikini ban” piece.
Frankly, if it weren’t for the guaranteed website visits we’d get by uploading such articles, Aarti and I would rather not write them. Sadly, the financial crisis has prompted advertisers to demand enormous visitor numbers before they choose to advertise with you. But I’ll leave that rant for another opinion piece.
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