Video: Saudi newscaster unloads on Wahhabist patriarchy

posted at 9:01 am on April 11, 2007 by Allahpundit

MEMRI casts a wide net but clips of Muslim women going off on the benighted Islamist morons they have to live under are its hallmark. This time it’s Buthayna Nasser, a Saudi newscaster, doing her best Wafa Sultan impression while a Saudi cleric squirms. I like the cross-cutting between him talking about the “temptation” unleashed by glimpses of a woman’s neck and the Lebanese moderator, done up to the nines in vintage painted-infidel-whore fashion.

Think of this as sort of the Wahhabist version of “Anchorman.” Click the image to watch.

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A very brave lady, whose probably marked for death as a result.

georgej on April 11, 2007 at 9:20 AM

“The Sisters are Doin’ it For Themselves.”!
As a woman I applaud her!

More please!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 11, 2007 at 9:23 AM

Wow. Who will be her protector? Again, why would any woman want to be a Muslim?

archon2001 on April 11, 2007 at 9:25 AM

oh crap: ot fred t has lymphoma…

sunny on April 11, 2007 at 9:25 AM

A very brave lady indeed. If she needs to seek asylum I hope the US finds space for her. In fact, I would support asylum for any professional woman from an Islamist nation who fears for her life because she rejects their insane dress codes. Let’s see how fanatical their men our when they can’t go home at night and beat their wives for Allah.

doufree on April 11, 2007 at 9:26 AM

The uncovered meat made a few good points.

Savage on April 11, 2007 at 9:28 AM

Uncovered Red Meat!

Kid from Brooklyn on April 11, 2007 at 9:29 AM

Wow. Who will be her protector?

archon2001 on April 11, 2007 at 9:25 AM

For just fourteen cents a day…

Savage on April 11, 2007 at 9:29 AM

I’ve seen that guy with the picnic blanket on his head before!

Babs on April 11, 2007 at 9:30 AM

She has made a bold stand. I’m sure most people here in the US have no clue.

BNCurtis on April 11, 2007 at 9:33 AM

Now that is COURAGE!

liberty on April 11, 2007 at 9:40 AM

Brave woman but one that is as good as dead.

EnochCain on April 11, 2007 at 9:40 AM

I call Truth to Power! Malkins, huge set of Malkins.

BohicaTwentyTwo on April 11, 2007 at 9:42 AM

Brave and on the right path,but the fact that she still looks upon the Koran as a source of her “way” is proof that the brainwashing runs deep.Using it as a path to knowledge and enlightnement is a doomed journey IMHO.

bbz123 on April 11, 2007 at 9:43 AM

Hear hear…you tell’em, Sister!! I stand with you in spirit!

This all sounds so familiar if you look at Medieval Christian history – Islam is truly 600 years behind. Wish we could FF them into their Reformation. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is sooooo right.

tickleddragon on April 11, 2007 at 9:49 AM

How hard will the Dems and Amnesty International howl about the coming ill-treatment of this woman?
More likely they call her a right wing fanatic and tool of the Bushilter.
Even if she’s Muslim and on the other side of the world.
….but…does…not….compute….brain…..overloading…..
Maybe the N.O.W. could do something out of character and say something nice about her. You know for standing up for womens
rights and all.
Naaah….never gonna happen.

G-man on April 11, 2007 at 9:49 AM

We love Buthayna.

Enrique on April 11, 2007 at 10:06 AM

This all sounds so familiar if you look at Medieval Christian history – Islam is truly 600 years behind. Wish we could FF them into their Reformation. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is sooooo right.

tickleddragon on April 11, 2007 at 9:49 AM

Please, let’s not even try to compare the abhorent way Islam looks at women to anything in the Church’s history! Although the way the Church has been run in the past is not perfect, at least our founding document, the Bible, does not advocate the subjugation and torture of women! In fact, a study of the New Testament shows a great liberation of women and highlights their role in the Body of Christ as equals to men.

Centurion68 on April 11, 2007 at 10:08 AM

Wish we could FF them into their Reformation.

Be careful what you wish for. They’re in their Reformation now. Look at the world 30 years ago versus now. There’s more sharia now, more Islamism now, more radicals now. And it’s all based on a literal reading of the Koran that wasn’t as prevalent a few decades ago.

Religious reformations aren’t about modernizing or getting along with others. That’s a secularist misunderstanding of what religious reformations are about. Reformations are about getting a faith back to its roots, bringing the weak of that faith back to the roots and spreading that “authentic” version of the faith. In Christianity’s case, the Reformation eventually brought about more freedom because the doctrines of faith and grace came to be seen as superior to earning one’s way to heaven through good works, and the papacy’s authority took a big hit. That’s shorthand for several centuries of history, but basically true.

In Islam’s case, the Reformation is based mostly on the Koran’s second half–written when Mohammed was spreading Islam by the sword. And that’s what we’re seeing and fighting against now, from Afghanistan to Pakistan to Thailand to Sudan to Europe. From the Sunni side, the Wahhabis are driving it. From the Shia side, the Iranians are driving it. Both represent Islamic Reformations.

Bryan on April 11, 2007 at 10:10 AM

So what is it lefties? Feminism or Multiculturalism? You can only pick one.

This is a brave brave woman. We are going to need many more just like her. I always admire people who’s moral compass becomes a more powerful influence then their backwards culture. I always wonder, had I been born in Afghanistan would that culture have turned me into a jihadist natzi or would I have been able to see it for what it is? I would like to think I could be like this woman.

Zetterson on April 11, 2007 at 10:11 AM

Where are Rosie and her ilk? Where is the feminist, SanFranNan? Who, besides the evil, red-state conservatives will recognize the absolute courage of this woman?

MCPO Airdale on April 11, 2007 at 10:11 AM

Tickledragon, I would suggest to you that Christian women in medieval times were fairly well-treated and esteemed. They didn’t have the freedom afforded to women today, but relatively speaking, medieval Christan women were freer and held in higher regard than Muslim women today.

archon2001 on April 11, 2007 at 10:12 AM

I know this question sounds racist but I’ll ask anyway: are Muslim men REALLY that unable to control their urges?

I only ask because its what THEY claim of themselves. Is it true? If a Muslim man actually sees a woman’s neck, he transforms into a rabid rapist? All of them?

Shouldn’t they be offended by that characterization? And yet they seem so proud of it. If that claim is true (and I hear it repeated every day – that it’s all about the temptation of female flesh), then isn’t the whole thing a question of maturity and self-control?

More to the point: why are we not using this information? If Muslim men are really as universally weak-willed as they claim, air dropping bundles of Playboy magazine over the Sunni triangle would end the insurgency in about five minutes.

Professor Blather on April 11, 2007 at 10:14 AM

“Scholars?” What a collection of toads.

And what a brave lady.

wccawa on April 11, 2007 at 10:15 AM

“Does the appearance of Saudi women on tv run counter to Islamic law?”

Even the topic does not sound stupid to these people. What kind of dumb discussion is that? And this woman is now very likely in danger of her life over it.

CrimsonFisted on April 11, 2007 at 10:20 AM

Wow! She totally pimp-smacked that table-cloth wearing goon! And she’s hot too!

CurtZHP on April 11, 2007 at 10:22 AM

I know this question sounds racist but I’ll ask anyway: are Muslim men REALLY that unable to control their urges?

I only ask because its what THEY claim of themselves. Is it true? If a Muslim man actually sees a woman’s neck, he transforms into a rabid rapist? All of them?

If true, rather than force the female population into black hefty bags, shouldn’t the male population wear blindfolds? Wouldn’t that solve the problem all the way around? And why are we not ASKING this question of the imams and demanding answers!

CrimsonFisted on April 11, 2007 at 10:25 AM

Hate to say it, but not only is she rather attractive, but that which she is wearing doesn’t look too bad either.

Perhaps the attitude tops it off..

Reaps on April 11, 2007 at 10:25 AM

I know this question sounds racist but I’ll ask anyway: are Muslim men REALLY that unable to control their urges?… Professor Blather on April 11, 2007 at 10:14 AM

Yeah no kidding. Though I believe in most cases they are referring to being driven towards “impure thoughts.” I wonder what they think of those scientific studies that show that the male brain naturally thinks about sex every 8 seconds?

Zetterson on April 11, 2007 at 10:33 AM

…Ya Know?
Maybe its because we are taught to control ourselves, not to control others.
They seem too worried about what others do, and not about improving themselves.

ya know the whole “mote in your brothers eye.” (or sisters hijab for that matter) deal?

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on April 11, 2007 at 10:54 AM

I volunteer to be her protector, shes got more balls than the entire Democratic party combined..

Viper1 on April 11, 2007 at 10:58 AM

Let’s hope that this doesn’t cost her -

She could become “Just a talking Head.”

Wander on April 11, 2007 at 11:15 AM

No women should be covered up like that, much less hot women. No wonder there’s so many gay Saudi men.

PRCalDude on April 11, 2007 at 11:19 AM

YOU GO, GIRL!!!

Obviously, the guy wearing the tablecloth he stole from an Italian restaurant on his head is going to have somebody else cut off that woman’s head. When it happens, the average Saudi IQ will probably drop 15 points.

morganfrost on April 11, 2007 at 11:30 AM

I think the U.S. ought to immediately offer her asylum before she ends up dead. If ol’GW were smart, the U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia would be pulling up to her door right about now to personally make the offer from our President.

The Saudi’s can’t tolerate this kind of uppity attitude and she will end up tortured, dead and dumped somewhere unless somone intervenes. What an example and asset she could be for us in our war with fudamentalist Islam.

Sam on April 11, 2007 at 11:34 AM

The mere fact that this is appearing on Arab television is encouraging. There was an article in the WSJ (subscription), part of a series about some modest liberalization going on in Saudi Arabia. The severe restrictions on women are a relatively new phenomenon resulting from the monarchy caving to the Wahhabists in the ’90s. It seems they’re starting to get fed up. Let’s hope.

kmcguire on April 11, 2007 at 11:36 AM

Wow, this lady has real guts. And she is quite beautiful too! Why would you wish women to cover their faces when they are so beautiful? Just goes to show how stupid these guys are.

soulsirkus on April 11, 2007 at 11:37 AM

I know this question sounds racist but I’ll ask anyway: are Muslim men REALLY that unable to control their urges?

They’re unwilling even to try. Your question isn’t racist because Islam isn’t a race. It’s a religious cultural thing.

aengus on April 11, 2007 at 11:41 AM

Be careful what you wish for. They’re in their Reformation now. Look at the world 30 years ago versus now. There’s more sharia now, more Islamism now, more radicals now. And it’s all based on a literal reading of the Koran that wasn’t as prevalent a few decades ago.

Yep. That was Mark Steyn’s observation as well.

PRCalDude on April 11, 2007 at 11:44 AM

Centurion68 on April 11, 2007 at 10:08 AM

Do you write for Pyromaniacs also?

PRCalDude on April 11, 2007 at 11:45 AM

The severe restrictions on women are a relatively new phenomenon resulting from the monarchy caving to the Wahhabists in the ’90s.

They started earlier than that. They were starting to loosen in the 70s, then the Shia had their “islamic revolution” in Iran in 1979. The Ayatollah Khomeini tried to speak for the Islamic world, and called out the Saudis for relaxing their restrictions. That was the end of that. Women were even allowed to go out by themselves at the time.

PRCalDude on April 11, 2007 at 11:47 AM

WOWWeeeeeee! Buthayna Nasser, a “Saudi” newscaster – WOW!

Brave and on the right path,but the fact that she still looks upon the Koran as a source of her “way” is proof that the brainwashing runs deep.Using it as a path to knowledge and enlightnement is a doomed journey IMHO. -
bbz123

Perhaps. But she later lamented the brainwashing method of memorization – brain killing uselessness of unquestioning memorization of koran. She demanded that schools and universities drop the memorization method and instead offer the ‘key’ to unlock the classical arabic script and open it to interpretation.

That process, IMHO, would be the destruction of islam.

heroyalwhyness on April 11, 2007 at 11:49 AM

She demanded that schools and universities drop the memorization method and instead offer the ‘key’ to unlock the classical arabic script and open it to interpretation.

That will never happen. The gates of ijtihad are closed.

PRCalDude on April 11, 2007 at 11:51 AM

Do you write for Pyromaniacs also?

PRCalDude on April 11, 2007 at 11:45 AM

I just googled that but my work server won’t allow me access to anything about it. What is that exactly?

But, no, I do not write for anyone or anything. Other than a random posting on a few other sites, this is about the only place I post anything. Must be a different person.

Centurion68 on April 11, 2007 at 12:27 PM

“You, who frighten people with hell have brought them a hell on earth.”

Couldn’t say it better myself. Golden like the diapers of Baby Jesus.

budorob on April 11, 2007 at 12:54 PM

If only she knew what they think about women and men in the west:
Pas de Deux of Sexuality Is Written in the Genes

Allah’s “Quote of the day Must Read” might make them stick to the Status Quo.

From a Psychology point of view, eh hmmm…

Kini on April 11, 2007 at 1:29 PM

I know this question sounds racist but I’ll ask anyway: are Muslim men REALLY that unable to control their urges?

I only ask because its what THEY claim of themselves. Is it true? If a Muslim man actually sees a woman’s neck, he transforms into a rabid rapist? All of them?

They don’t believe they have to try. Under Islam, there is not really a parallel concept to our ideas of resisting sin and personal responsibility for your actions. The picture is that once the whole world is submitted, then all the temptations will be gone, and that will eradicate sin. They’re not actually expected to resist. It’s the community as a whole walking in submission that provides the way out of sin. Hence the zeal of the Taliban and others to enforce the edicts of Islam. Disappointment over any percieved shortcomings in their society can only be met by renewed attempts to follow the letter of Quranic law.

As has been noted, the fault in their minds really lies with the “tempter”, since they are helpless to resist. And women are one big walking temptation, hence the blanket thrown over them.

TexasDan on April 11, 2007 at 1:38 PM

A compelling speaker (I know I could only understand her through subtitles, but calling it as I see it, the delivery transcended the language barrier) with a compelling argument and a distinct IQ advantage on her opponents.

(I will also admit to finding her attractive which, in itself, does not justify Italian-restaurant-table-cloth boy’s point. Any man who believes he can’t behave himself in front of an attractive woman is in serious need of long-term confinement of some kind.)

Is protection from the home town crowd an issue? Maybe, but maybe not . . . The Saudi royals might not be beyond taking a little bashing if they think it’s something they can point to on the world stage as proof of “allowing progressive thinking.”

But if is, here’s an idea for ABC, HOT AIR fans. Get her on the next flight here, put her on “The VIEW”, subtitles and all, and there are people who’ll wear out the home recorder making sure they don’t miss it.

Let’s see everyone’s favorite vampire bat win a debate with HER on a 7 second delay.

52Ranger on April 11, 2007 at 1:50 PM

Imagine how hot she would be if you could see her…hair.

joed18 on April 11, 2007 at 2:04 PM

I just wonder, WHERE ARE THE MEN?!?!?!?!

How come it’s only the women that have a big brass pair?!?!

I swear, if it wasn’t for the oil, these countries would all be sitting around picking their noses….

Lonevoice on April 11, 2007 at 2:31 PM

Is it just me, or is the image broken?

JMarler on April 11, 2007 at 2:54 PM

Ummmmmmmmmm, did I miss the press conference from NOW, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Helen Thomas, that wench who likes to talk over people like Alen Colmes, come to think of it Alen Colmes?????

What about honora? Anyone from the left? Anyone?

PinkyBigglesworth on April 11, 2007 at 3:05 PM

She’s making a good point about Saudi schools teaching memorization rather than teaching critical thinking skills. Isaac Schrödinger; a pro-USA Pakistani-born, ex-Muslim, refugee-claimant; makes the point explicitly in his story:
http://conprotantor.blogspot.com/2006/10/isaacs-journey.html
Isaac says no students ask questions in Saudi schools. He makes rather interesting comparisons of Saudi and American schooling.

Stephen Browne, an American trained in anthropology and working in Saudi Arabia, also makes some very candid observations about Saudis and Saudi culture:
http://conprotantor.blogspot.com/2006/10/theyre-not-americans-in-funny-costumes.html

It’s well worth reading what they have to say.

Tantor on April 11, 2007 at 5:40 PM

It’s plain to see, if Islam is to change, it will be at the hands of the women.

God Bless this courageous and articulate woman, may He guide and protect her.

silenced majority on April 11, 2007 at 11:10 PM

AS OF THIS WRITTING I’M WONDERING IF SHE’S STILL ALIVE!~

Those sicko Whabbis and others–damn. Damn you freking whackos who live in the damn 6thCentury and follow a pedophile. Your ‘holy book’ is not holy–its b.s.

auspatriotman on April 12, 2007 at 12:51 AM