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Middle Eastern Video 'Tutorial' Shows Proper Way to 'De-Gay' an Effeminate Man: VIDEO


A video "tutorial" showing two young men attempting to "de-gay" another man by scrubbing him clean (quite literally) to make him more masculine has infuriated LGBT advocates in the United Arab Emirates. Dan Littauer at Pink News reports that the video was posted just over a week ago, although the date it bears on YouTube is July '11.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

By2Writes Littauer:

Once in the villa’s living room, the effeminate man is told that he needs to change his personality. One of the traditional-dressed men asks: ‘will you change it or not?’ He replies ‘yes but now?’ And is told ‘leave it to us’.

They proceed to show the effeminate guy how to mimic masculine gestures. Later he is given a ‘make-over’ where his hands and face are almost violently scrubbed with scouring cloths, and then his nails and hair are cut. After the make-over the still effeminate guy gets a slap when he is about leave for saying ‘bye guys’ in his high pitch voice, and given a tip: ‘Thicken your voice!’

By3Littauer speaks with three LGBT activists from Abu Dhabi and Dubai outraged by the clip.

Abdullah [from Abu Dhabi] speaks how his parents would force him to get a to “a crew cut” so his hair won’t look like a “a western propaganda” fag, something that deeply humiliated and angered him. He recounts how his parents refused to buy him Jeans and T shirts because it made him “act girly,” telling him instead he must wear the “traditional Emirati dress.”

The video “brought flashbacks to me how on endless hot Friday afternoons I was forced to observe how men interact, or how they drink coffee by my father, so that I should emulate to make him proud.”

Abdullah sadly recalls: “I was banned from hanging out with my sisters too much because my parents alleged they were turning me into a woman,” finally his father rejected and gave up on him, choosing one of Abdullah’s brothers to “make him proud.”

Littauer also notes that convictions for homosexuality in the UAE can mean "up to 10 years in prison in Dubai to 14 in Abu-Dhabi, while Article 354 of the Federal Penal Code may even prescribe a death sentence for ‘consensual sodomy’."


And BONUS - there's even an offensive 'bloopers' video.

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  1. Once again the crazy men in the silly dresses presume to be the arbiters of what is "manly"...

    Posted by: Guys&Stuff | Jan 30, 2012 7:41:53 PM

  2. the most disgusting thing, however, is that we have insecure white Christian homosexual males here in North America who parrot this exact same nonsense.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 30, 2012 7:46:05 PM

  3. @LITTLE KIWI: So true

    Posted by: dpbfeb | Jan 30, 2012 7:50:04 PM

  4. Interesting that there's porn music playing in the background, hmm....

    Posted by: Travis | Jan 30, 2012 8:04:39 PM

  5. Who knew 'the cure' for gayness was a mani-pedi, a haircut and a group shower with 2 other guys?!

    Posted by: peterparker | Jan 30, 2012 8:18:34 PM

  6. You might as well right "One or more of us doing this video is 100% gay, but are trying to hide it, and this seems like the best way to do it... by acting 100% not gay."

    We see you, Gurrrl!

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Jan 30, 2012 8:22:08 PM

  7. I know one reader here who must feel conflicted right about now. Or maybe he doesn't feel conflicted at all and he totally agrees...

    Posted by: luminum | Jan 30, 2012 8:33:02 PM

  8. I don't think I'm merely projecting when I say this has the feeling of a strange gay (but hidden) fetish film. a friend who spent time in Saudi Arabia told me about some of the odd semi-sexual behavior he encountered. Not so much overt male/male sex, but things like women calling random phone numbers late at night to hear male voices, giggling at such close, forbidden contact. When natural impulses are thwarted so stringently, they break out in many ways.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Jan 30, 2012 8:37:45 PM

  9. This video offends and titillates my brotherless Westernpropagandafag sensibilities in so many ways I can't even begin. . . ALL my Lawrence of Arabia fantasies, all my Arabian Nights fantasies . . . Are all UAE men this hot, or is the casting director just have an A+ eye for young Arab male beauty?
    I TOTALLY want to run out and buy a video camera and remake this now. Why not a whole new genre of INITIATORY PORN? THIS IS RELEVANT TO MY INTERESTS!!

    Posted by: Didaskalos | Jan 30, 2012 9:59:35 PM

  10. Somebody's leg is being pulled, but I'm not sure whose. I think they are all laughing up their kaftans, if you know what I mean.

    Posted by: animal spirits | Jan 30, 2012 10:02:40 PM

  11. This seems entirely fake, though the motivation escapes me. All those guys seem to be playing on stereotypes. If you've ever been to a Muslim country, you quickly see that men are very affectionate together---often because women are kept at home, so boys/men---especially at 15 or so---have no other options for affection. Doesn't mean they're gay. This comes off like a stupid joke. Also happens in Hindu countries.

    And why in the world would there be a bloopers reel were it a true story?

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 30, 2012 10:33:21 PM

  12. Scrubbing someone clean in the the Middle East - does anyone there know what clean is?

    Posted by: Really | Jan 30, 2012 11:35:20 PM

  13. This country baffles me. I lived there for a few months last year during a deployment; and the amount of hypocrasy I saw every single day was atrocious. The amount of homosexuality in that country that is closeted must be huge; because even though they have adopted many western cultures, they are still VERY anti-homosexual. As an example, this website was blocked by their government's internet.

    Everything over there is done so "hush-hush" it was disgusting. Worse than Don't Ask Don't Tell (if you were caught under DADT, at least you weren't executed and imprisoned).

    I feel bad for the folks who are actually being themselves and expressing who they are instead of living in the shadows because of crap like this video.

    The USA might not be perfect, but it sure as hell beats living over there any day.

    Posted by: Will | Jan 30, 2012 11:57:17 PM

  14. Oh, girl. I saw Rick Santorum on the street the other day and he wanted to do the same thing to me. And so did Democrat Fred Phelps, honey. They wanted to slather me down, lube me up and lick me clean, just like Islam.

    Posted by: Alan | Jan 31, 2012 12:26:07 AM

  15. @ ALAN : So true.

    Posted by: Pahima | Jan 31, 2012 12:36:35 AM

  16. It seems to me more like a video of how to 'scrub' a guy to stop him from wearing a wig and poorly imitating a sleepy, drugged up Michael Jackson.

    Posted by: lookyloo | Jan 31, 2012 2:52:11 AM

  17. What a fun bunch on the set of "Be Yousief". Go ahead, have your fun with the skinny guy in the Marlo Thomas wig and the pot scrubber, but who's gonna man up to picking those sofas?

    Posted by: blokrway | Jan 31, 2012 3:17:40 AM

  18. Has Marcus Bachman seen this ?
    He could add these techniques to his therapy regimen.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 31, 2012 3:34:58 AM

  19. Makeovers.... yeah real butch.

    Posted by: Tom Stoppard | Jan 31, 2012 3:53:42 AM

  20. Gotta love straight men and their notion that they somehow 'own' masculinity.

    Posted by: rovex | Jan 31, 2012 5:21:30 AM

  21. Like you'd really have to spend some time scrubbing up a homosexual.

    Don't these idiots realize we're about the cleanest creatures on the planet???

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 31, 2012 6:10:13 AM

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  24. Its a joke. All they want is to pick up "butch" guys. After all guys want guys... which I actually think I heard them say at one point. I think most of you have misunderstood the video..... its a parady.

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