Imitation of public figures... Any message conveyed?
KUWAIT, Sept 15 (KUNA) -- Every Ramadan viewers are swarmed with television
shows which feature artists imitating public figures and leading politicians,
making many people wonder whether the field of entertainment is suffering
culturally, socially, or poor quality of the texts was the problem. Ramadan this year was also not far from the monotonous, naive and boring
style of imitation of public figures, a matter that makes us question the
professionalism of such shows or the message they try to convey to viewers. Kuwaiti National Assembly (parliament) Speaker Jassem Al-Kharafi stressed
in a press statement earlier that all media institutions should uphold the law
and not to spread discord, asserting that a show which simulated parliamentary
practices in a comic manner was fine as long as it stays away from fomenting
strife in the society.
Dr. Khaled Al-Qahs, media professor at the Department of Mass Communication
at Kuwait University, said he objects to any mockery of a public figure or any
sarcasim to make people laugh without addressing an key issue. He told KUNA that such shows had emerged in many Arab and foreign countries
in which hosts nicely simulate the speech, dress or movements of a well-known
figure, which are usually politicians, actors, singers and television
Al-Qahs said that these programs rely heavily on the ability of the host to
imitate a public figure in a creative way and also employs this work to convey
a particular message.
He recalled many famous television programs that had emerged in the United
States and Europe several years back which in which political figures were
imitated, including "Saturday Night Live". This program, Al-Qahs said, the show used to host each week a media or
political figure and such program had a clip on imitating a personality.
He pointed out it is interesting that such shows did not stop at television
but even covered the cinema where a wave of films emerged to imitate famous
scenes from movies such as the movie "Scream". The movie used to imitate
well-know artists in a comic manner. Four parts of the film have so far been
produced. He said these programs are on the rise on satellite and television
channels, leading to a fierce competition to attract viewers. Asked why such programs enjoy relatively high rating even though they are
redundant, Al-Qahs said these programs are produced quickly and are
inexpensive compared to others. He said that a satellite channel program of this nature was briefly aired
during Ramadan only to be stopped by the Minister of Information for violating
the audio-visual law. The program mocked a number of ministers and parliament
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|Publication:||Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)|
|Date:||Sep 16, 2009|
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