It seems like a long time ago that I once wondered if HM Queen Rania was a blogger. It seems lately, she’s gone a step forward and become a Vlogger on YouTube.
Now this is pretty interesting…
I think it’s a pretty good initiative (me wishing I had thought of it first), and it’s one of those Web 2.0 projects that I don’t think has ever been done on this scale and in this context. In any case, the comments will be even more interesting to read, be they positive, negative or insulting. Thus is the free and wacky world we call the Internet. However, it will also be interesting how the responses take shape. Remember, this is about Arab stereotypes, and Arabs differ in culture, politics, economics and even religious standards; having the Queen of Jordan address these questions with a broad brush may be tricky. Another tricky territory will be maneuvering through the religious questions being posed, a territory I firmly believe the Queen should not be entering due to past misunderstandings.
I wonder however if this will be a one-time thing or if it we’ll be seeing more of the Queen’s video blogging on YouTube. I also wonder if HM King Abdullah will also follow in these footsteps, even though I think that particularly would be a pretty bad idea for all the obvious reasons.
In any case, I’m going to be following the comments myself. But here’s a selection of comments from the past 24 hours since its launch. Many of them are Dutch by the way:
“Your Highness, What is there that should be debated? Basic human rights such as the Freedom of Speech are not open to debate for an average Westerner. Either you accept these rights or you don’t. What is it that the debate should be about?” – Arnhem1972
“Dear Queen Rania, why can’t we be honest with one another; Islam means submission and that exeactly is what it is persuing. let’s be frank and open about that.” – antonovoo
“How can you ask for our respect while your country wants to ban my country? Freedom of speech is wor(d)thless in the middle east! Respesting us is respecting cartoons, Fitnas and you name it.” – malakia007
“Nice queen but please get your own people in line first before addressing us.” – smile2sandro
“i think this is an amazing idea! i’m totally bookmarking this page.” – johnathan. houston, texas
“I have a question. Is jihad part of islam or is islam part of jihad? I really have never heard the answer. Also, is jihad in the muslim bible?” – compassionrepublican
“Jack Bauer’s in the background!” – 0penuriis
“she reminds me of celine dion.” – podge2222
“Althought I might not agree with Queen Rania about all her ideas/views, but this approach is smart and creative, waiting for interaction from Youtubers and some videos in reply. I would recommend that the reply-videos would have also some images/videos from Jordan to support a certain answer/reply. Thanks Queen Rania…I’m a Jordanian living in Canada, ready & more than happy to help this cause. God Bless Jordan… and may God bring freedom, equality, peace & prosperity to the whole World.” – OBELBasha