A recent collaboration between the rapist Saad Lamjarred and Lebanese singer Elissa has sparked controversy among the public, who are demanding that their song “Min Awel Dekika” be removed from streaming.
However, it seems that the writer of the song, Amir Teima, is unwilling to join the chorus of voices calling for the song’s removal.
Amir Teima has expressed his support for Lamjarred in the face of mounting criticism. In a recent interview, Teima defended his decision to work with the Moroccan artist, citing his belief in Lamjarred’s talent and character.
Teima’s comments have sparked a backlash among those who believe that Lamjarred’s history of alleged sexual assault disqualifies him from being a respectable figure in the music industry.
Critics argue that Teima’s defense of Lamjarred sends a dangerous message, implying that artists can engage in criminal behavior without facing any consequences.
It is baffling to see Teima so readily dismiss the gravity of Lamjarred’s crime. The Moroccan artist was found guilty of raping a woman in France, a crime that should have permanently disqualified him from the music industry.
Yet Teima appears to be more concerned with Lamjarred’s talent than his reprehensible behavior, suggesting that a few catchy tunes are more important than holding abusers accountable for their actions.
Teima’s comments are a reflection of a larger problem within the entertainment industry, where artists are often given a free pass for their misconduct as long as they continue to produce profitable work. By defending Lamjarred, Teima is sending a message to survivors of sexual assault that their experiences are not taken seriously and that perpetrators can continue to thrive in the industry with little to no consequence.
Furthermore, Teima’s comments reveal a troubling trend in the entertainment industry, in which artists are often given a pass for their transgressions as long as they continue to produce profitable work.
This type of mentality perpetuates a culture of impunity in which powerful individuals are shielded from accountability for their actions.
Not to mention, it is disheartening to see Elissa, a supposed well-respected artist who always claims she supports women, choosing to collaborate with a convicted rapist.
And before anyone says “innocent until proven guilty,” and the collaboration was made before he was sent to 6 years in jail, Elissa still showed support as well to Lamjjared and defended her collaboration with the convicted rapist.
This collaboration is a slap in the face to survivors of sexual assault everywhere and sends a dangerous message that perpetrators can continue to be celebrated and rewarded in the industry.
Saad Lamjarred is a convicted rapist, and anyone who chooses to work with him or defend him is complicit in his heinous crime. It’s crucial that we hold artists accountable for their actions, regardless of their talent or popularity.
While we highly doubt Amir Teima will be reading any of this, nor do we think he cares, we still have to ask.
Till when will we support rapists and perverts in the entertainment industry? Till when will every artist’s reputation be tarnished just for being a part of the industry because of people like Lamjarred? Till when will YOU allow women to be victims to support your powerful friends?
The entertainment industry should be a safe and inclusive space for everyone, and we must not allow individuals who have committed RAPE and CRIMES to continue to be celebrated and rewarded.
Amir Teima’s defense of Saad Lamjarred is nothing but a disappointing reflection of this industry-wide failure to prioritize the well-being of all individuals, and with what it looks like, it doesn’t seem like it’ll get better anytime soon.