Thursday 14-Aug-2014, as every Thursday night, the Lebanese political talk show on LBCI (Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International) “KALAM ENNAS” was on the air.
But the Surprise of the evening was the show’s introduction when the Host Mr. Marcel Ghanem described Our Charles Aznavour as mentally unstable (senile).
Charles Aznavour was insulted by Marcel Ghanem for expressing his solution to save the minorities in the middle east.
Video of Marcel Ghanem Insulting Charles Aznavour
Translation of the video content from Arabic to English
“The Best thing Charles Aznavour has said today, as we were shocked to read, is that he recommended moving the prosecuted Minorities of the east to unpopulated villages and areas of France to revive them. With all “Senility,” Charles Aznavour said that it will just cost a modest amount of money to buy the necessary tools to start the work in the fields.”
Marcel adding his opinion mockingly said (Christians, Yezidis, and minorities should go and cultivate the lands and empty villages of France to revive them.)
Our Message as Armenians to Marcel Ghanem
We are living in a free world, where anyone can express his opinion and suggestions, as a journalist of course you can criticize this and that, direct the audience as if this is a bad call or not, and perhaps suggest a better alternative, but to insult a man like Charles Aznavour is really a bad call to get some ratings on LBCI…
We know where the Channel in general and your show particularly stands these days, but it is not our objective to go through that subject. Our only demand is for you to correct the mistake you have made…
Charles Aznavour Tribute by 1000 Chorists in Cannes, France
Marcel Ghanem “bi kel kharaf” interviews Charles Aznavour
On Sunday 07-June-2015 Marcel Ghanem interviewed Charles Aznavour on “kalam el nas”, the political discussion talk show of LBCI Lebanese TV channel.
Announcements and promos of the upcoming talk show on Sunday flooded social media and the LBCI, LDC TV channels.
But the thing is back in August 2014 Mr. Marcel Ghanem insulted Charles Aznavour with his shocking intro live on air with his Famous words calling Aznavour “bi Kel kharaf” mentally unstable (senile) and he did not even bother to apologize.
I wonder why would you bother to interview a KHERFEN (as you described him)? No words can describe this embarrassment, we want our readers to watch the video above and the one below.
Who is Marcel Ghanem?
Marcel Ghanem (born in 1964) is a Lebanese journalist. He hosted the widely popular Lebanese political talk show “Kalam El-Nas” and now he is hosting another Lebanese political talk show “Sar El wa2et”. He graduated from Lebanese University with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1987. He then practiced as an attorney between 1987 and 1994.
During the 2017 Lebanon–Saudi Arabia dispute crisis, Marcel Ghanem hosted in his political talk show Kalam El-Nas Saudi journalists who attacked the Lebanese Armed Forces and accused the president of Lebanon, the Speaker of the Parliament of Lebanon, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants of Lebanon as terrorists.
Ghanem is also known for hosting Ahmed al-Assir on his political talk show. Some Lebanese criticized the fact that Assir was given a media platform despite his provocative speeches against other religions.
57 thoughts on “Charles Aznavour Insulted by Marcel Ghanem – on LBCI (Kalam Ennas)”
he is right it is a stupid solution
the discussion is not if the solution is good or bad, the main subject is who is Marcel Ghanem to call Charles Aznavour "kherfen"!!!
Charles Aznavour is a person loved and respected by Millions specially by the Armenians. No one has the right to call him names just because he did not like his solution…
yeah i agree 🙂
Even it's not the right solution…. U don't have the right to call him kherfen mr marcel él kherfen..
El kherfenin bi lebnen ma be 7ellou kharaf men charle Aznavour.wenta wahad menon ya Marcel. Charle 3am ya3ti ra7yo la aktar wla a7al wennes hiyeh yalli betarrer iza betfel owe laa.
The best solution is to bring the minorities to France and give them the "Versailles" and it's surrounding area, with a nice villa for each family, a car with a driver, a housekeeper and a small business to start a new life. What do you think "Mr." Marcel Ghanem ? Who are you to judge Aznavour ? Are we judging the famous Lebanese singer who is really "Kherfane" ? No, how could we, and why should we? Just because she is Lebanese, even though "Kherfane" it's okay to be on the stage, and try to sing. She was even commanded for………… Now that's kharaf.
If Aznavour's suggestion is so ridiculous that it needs mockery, I suppose Monsieur Ghanem is alright to the idea of opening the doors of his villa to some of those helpless refugees? Then maybe they can have a fair share at the modern life?
Only people who have been massacred in huge numbers would understand the importance and urgency of starting over. Mr. Aznavour belongs to such a culture, and Ghanem mocks because he hasn't experienced it.
Marcel kel 7ayetek sa7afi meb te7terem ra2yel akhar , el kelmet "kharaf" li 3ambiyetla3 men temek ke2enek bedek te2etlo le Charl Aznavor , ya Marcel emtin bedek tet3alam te7terem ra2yel nes bele ta3sib , e7terem 7alak Marcel 3eyb ul ra2yak men 7a2ak bes mesh bi hel sot el 3adawe Charl Aznavor mesh 3aduk zeleme el bes ra2yo , wele ente sheyfo 3aduk ya Marcel ?
This man Marcel or Abu Ahbal Marcel Ghanem is Sick.
He is Suffering from Superiority Complex Inexorably Entangle with his Inferiority Complex.
SHoo Hal Ekhra?Marcel, Ekhretna shoo b Beirut?
Marcel simply is a bollocks showing what he is made of !!! He is genius enough to resolve the problems by talking on " Bullshit " showtime? Simply JERK !!!
iza 3andak gher halle 3atina ra2yek bl halle iza la2 soukoutek afdal .(ye 3ayb2shoummmmmmm)knt 2mfakrek akbar mn hek.iza shakhes mtlek ,hek bi3abber 3an ra2you shou khellet le gheyrek.you don't respect and you don't like us,and we are( CHRISTIANSSSSSSSSS )………………………fhmek kifaye.
Who is Marcel Ghanem To judje charles Aznavour.
3Ayeb t2oul la Mr. Charles Aznavour.. kherfen ya Mr. Marcel.. 3ayeb..
yup the word he used was inappropriate …
i agree with marcel 100% does really charles aznavour understand what is the meaning of a home land ?? we will not swap our home land even with the wealth of the world !! well charles aznavour maybe jealous and don't understand that because he never been in his homeland Armenia don't blame him and please all you Armenian people can you please stop support and defend charles aznavour just because he is Armenian
It's such BS telling people to leave their lands they have lived on for thousands of years…the right solution is not for the Christians to leave, but the right solution is for France & America to bomb the crap out of ISIS and everyone else stays there they are!
Instead of this COWARD Francois Hollande, Lebanon needs another brave CHARLES de GAULLE who said "qui attaque liban attaque moi" ~
there are to many people that agree with Marcel Ghanem, maybe they are right maybe they are wrong, but it does not give him the right to insult Charles Aznavour . It was an average person act, and a black point on his career's resume. this video is a joke and should be on Nekat lebanese +18
Before judging MG maybe we should reconsider what Aznavour said at the age of 80 and plus. Is this a solution to leave our counties and go to France and be treated by "sale etranger" and survive?
No one can judge Mr. Marcel for his thoughts, the only point is did he have to say "bi kel kharaf" is that a professional approach of journalism? is that how things work? we call names and humiliate people that we disagree with?
I guess No one called 65 years old Mr. Walid Jounblat "kherfen" when he addressed the president Michel Suleiman as Michel Aoun…
If we are to blame Marel Ghanem it will only be bcz the use of such word is not professional considering as well the age of Charles Aznavour. At the same time we can understand his point of view considering this initiative as "kharaf" (and not himself as kherfein) since its neither logical nor rational and armenians are the first to know abt such suggestion! The sad part of all this is that some of the comments came from racism. The main question now is that if it was someone other than Aznavour (a lebanese) would you all "armenians" felt so concerned?!?
Johnny, Everyone has a right to his opinion, Aznavour from kindness of his heart, suggested an idea, a solution. The response from Marcel is an insult to an ambassador and an Armenians. Maybe he should have invited Aznavour to his program and let Aznavour elaborate on his suggestion, but calling him a senile is inappropriate. If Marcel has strong opinions and BALLS, let him call the Lebanese politicians names "deservingly", he won't survive a day!!
anyone that ask us Christians to leave our lands is delusional and as good as ignorant as we go back thousands of years in those lands we are staying mr aznavour take isis to France howa bout that
Your comments and concerns are based on racism and blind fanaticism. Marcel is right in every word. This is the least to say in Charles Aznavor, who's insulting an entire community!! Iraq is their homeland and NOT France or elsewhere on the globe. As a super power, it could help by beating the crap out of ISIS not by emptying the country of its people.
لا يستحق الخرف الا ان يقال عنه انه خرف. والخرف هو تدهور مستمر في وظائف الدماغ ينتج عنه اضطراب في القدرات الإدراكية مثل: الذاكرة والاهتداء والتفكير السليم والحكمة. وبما ان اقتراح ازنافور المحترم فنيا هو اقتراح غير حكيم وسليم ويتناسى ما فعلته فرنسا في لبنان ويتناسى من هو لبنان لاكثر من 6000 سنة. وبناء عليه اظن ان مرسال هو محق في هذا التوصيف العلمي. الخرف كلمة علمية وليست اهانة وقد استخدمها مرسال بالتشخيص المناسب
I agree totally with Marcel…shame on Aznavour
Vicky, how about if the person who said that was a Lebanese cultural icon would u accept to be told kherfen? There should always be a respect towards elders. We are lebanese too and what u said is racism and I don't accept anyone to insult any cultural icon.
Sylvia my dear i didnt say Marcel is right or wrong? If u read well again the comment u wd undertand it better and google "racism" i think u dont know its meaning since it was my reason y i commented in the first place! If we are to judge the situation no one is right or wrong 100%. When i read "min mfakar halo marcel to insult… W bastard…" we are doing his same mistake sine respect is an obigation no matter the social standards or age or occupation then why shouldnt we thk eno Marcel Ghanem is a cultural icon as u said with bunch of important success stories! unfortunately he did wrong by using b " kel kharaf " and Not "kherfein" sine the suggested idea by itself is not rational! People and army died to preserve this land and this courtry! Ana similar suggestion coming from any person will be considered a foolish and irrational idea! and i think despite it is unprofessional it gives no one the right to insult him as well instead we could be an example for respect with our commemts! This doesnt make of him a bastard or someone less.important than Aznavour (a singer i think). In all cases truth will never be accepted and welcomed in such a corrupted society! Remember my dear sylvia its true u r lebanese only because this land welcomed u loonnng time ago and since lot of people died and are still dying to preserve it. This is the same land Aznavour is suggestion to leave behind and abandon. considering so u might maybe understand why aznavour's propostition to leave this land was taken as an act of "kharaf"! eh w fehmik kfeye as well!
Tawil belak ya marcel ma.e7tad ktir metel.el.3ade bet7awro.el.kalem 3a zawe2kom iza badak ta3mil scoop mawdou3 tene sar w min hadertak ta tewesfo bel.khherfen mech inta bet2aymo
3am y2ela tfadal ta3a 3ich 3ena fi 3ena arade ktir fadye w fi cheghel fa ya marcel.lama badak thejim hejim eli 3am.y2atlouna bass menchoufak 3am.ted7ak
Marcel ghanem wana do scoop not moreeeeee
Well put, Vicky!
Garabet Kotchounian, Aznavor is insulting an entire community! I wonder if you or any of your fellows recognize the meaning of having a homeland. You, lost your homeland, bcoz the world stood silent watching your ancestors getting butchered at the hands of the Ottomans. If Armenia was saved, and Armenians stayed in their homeland, history would have had a different face. Besides, if I'm to translate the terms accurately, there is a great difference between senile and irrational. Aznavor's suggestion is totally irrational and Marcel did not insult him. It's appalling how those defending Aznavor are blinded by their fanaticism. I'm pretty sure If another Lebanese icon had been in Aznavor's place, making such an irrational statement, you would not be as passionate about their defense. It's clear you guys are saying all this bullshit coz the sound of reason has died in you and giving place to the voice of sectarianism!! SHAME
Dear Rita Nehme, this Article was written for one and one reason only. Which is aimed to correct a huge mistake done by Marcel Ghanem. Kindly watch the video, read the article again and you will get my point.
The horror has a name, it's Iraq…
4000 years old minorities are in extermination.
It is a GENOCIDE.
and the world is silent, Lebanon too.
Aznavour can't keep silent, he knows what GENOCIDE is.
A journalist, must be intelligent and have some morality, by respecting others opinion.
Aznavour is a public activist and a diplomat too.
He's the Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to Switzerland from February 2009.
He's 90 years old.
Shame on you Marcel Ghanem.
IT'S HUMANITY NOT RACISM, BETTER TO GO OUT AND NOT BE KILLED OR RAPED AND THE UNHUMAN WORLD IS JUST LOOKING WITHOUT ANY HELP AND HELP IS NOT TO SEND ARMS TO FIGHT AND ISRAEL IS HAPPY TO SELL HIS ARMS BY BILLIONS!!!!!!!!!!
AKID SHAME ON MARCEL WHO DIDN'T EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT AZNAVOUR MENT , HE IS A SON OF BIGGEST GENOCIDE AND HAVE A HEART!!!
Chadi Estephan LEBANESE LEADER TOOK ISIS INTO LEBANON FIRST AND LET POOR ARMY DEAD!!! FIRST LET MARCEL READ WELL AND UNDERSTAND WHAT AZNAVOUR MENT , MARCEL DAREB 3A RASSOU CHAWFET ELHAL WE MESH 3AMBBIRAKEZZ 3AL ''INSANIYE''
Vicky Ghobeira VICKY WE ARE LEBANESE AND IF ANYONE SAY SOMETHING TO WADI3 EL SAFFI OR SABAH OR FEIROUZ KHERFAN , WE SHOUT AS MUCH AS WE DO FOR ARMENIAN AND HUMAN BEEINGS!!!!!!!!
Rita Caterina Nehme WILL U AGREE THAT FEYROUZ AND SABAH AND WADI3 ELSAFI (ALLA YERHAMOU) HADA YIKOUL 3ANNON KHERFENIN? THIS IS THE POINT , U MUST LISTEN WELL WHAT AZNAVOUR SAID , HE IS TALKING ''HUMANLY'' FOR ALL HUMANITY!!!!
its so true , u want us to leave our country , the holly land of our jesus and come , to work in urs ?????? shame on aznavour and on france still watching whats happening in the middle east without any react !!!
vicky i guess u should ask ur Qn to marcel that if any lebanese person made such an option taking those to france would he still talk like that? beside ask him too 17 years of war in lebanon did he do anything against the lebanese christians leaving the country?
funny esper u should read about aznavours activities more often to know if he knows his homeland or not … and i ask u about the christians of lebanon where r they??? those who left during the war why didnt they come back?!!! one last thing and a vital thing maybe u can explain this countys leader is a christian can u tell me where is his rights and abitlities of ruling? instead of talking about something that dosnt matter to us cause no one said lebanese minorities should go to france he was talking about yezidies and iraqi minorities . why dont u try to figure out what ta2ef stole from the lebanese christians?!!! and how should we bring it back!!!
Vicky my dear first my name is silva and not Silvia. Second, I know very well what racism means and I don't need to google. I mentioned about racism when I read your point of view "The main question now is that if it was someone other than Aznavour (a lebanese) would you all "armenians" felt so concerned?" and this is racism my dear.
3rd, and please I wasn't referring to Marcel Ghanem as a "Lebanese cultural icon" as u indicated I did. I was referring as "lebanese cultural icons" to WADI3 EL SAFFI, SABAH or FEIROUZ etc… And they are elders as Charle Aznavour is and no matter what they say I as a Lebanese Armenian wouldn't accept them to be insulted.
4th what's the difference between " b kel kharaf " and"kherfein". Shou Le3eb 3al kalem?
I'm through explaining myself and with this subject..
1st of all who is Marcel ghanem talking about Charles AznVour. All lebanon knows this Marcel ghanem is gay wa biyentek
And those who agree with Marcel they are totaly kherfen wa bisexual like Marcel coz they are defending him
I advice Marcel to find another job he is retired he needs psychiatrist he is sick person maybe he can find good job in Dubai with Emirates he can make more money in 1 night better than to show up on TV and insult others he needs mirror to see himself 1st if he is better than others he is such an stupid ass 3ama shou 7mar