By now, even if you have been living under a rock (like me) for these past few weeks, you’ve probably had someone you know mention the Turkish TV drama “Noor” that has taken Jordanians by storm. I have no idea what the show is about but I know it involves a good looking guy and a good looking girl. And now that I’ve demonstrated the extent of my knowledge regarding the show, I would also like to point out that between “Noor” and all the football, I now remember exactly why I stopped watching TV eighteen months ago. In any case, avoiding all conversations regarding “Noor” and/or football, the latter of which I have kept with personal tradition by only watching the quarter-final matches and onwards, I found these two caricatures by Emad Hajjaj absolutely brilliant and incredibly creative (as can be expected) in describing the current summer TV-watching situation and its effects on Jordanians pretty accurately.
Rough translation for the non-Arabic reader: (1) “Um-Mahjoob, please don’t divorce me!! I’ll do anything you want!! Tomorrow I’ll even do a nose job surgery to look like (mohanned) on the TV show (Noor)!!”. (2) “If only Germany, France and Britain knew how much young Jordanians love their playing and how much they pay out of their own pockets just to watch them play!!?? I swear to God, if only these creditor nations knew just how much they mean to us, they’d surely feel sorry for us and forgive our loans!”