BEIRUT: Toothless and howling with laughter, a middle aged talk show guest has been recast in a belly laughing YouTube parody about the decision to issue passing certificates for all students who sat for official exams.
Using a clip form a foreign language talk show in which an infectiously eccentric guest collapses with laughter, fake subtitles in Arabic turn the clip into a humorous parody over the passing certificates.
“I spent the whole year: playing, smoking, going on Facebook, staying up late, [busy with] girls," say the subtitles before the plump, mustachioed man slams his hand on the table.
“And then ... the education minister started talking,” they read, as the man howls with laughter, “and decided to give out passing certificates!”
His high pitched laughs go on for an endless stretch, with flashes of red bursting on his face as he slams the table and the subtitles exclaim “and I passed!”
As the subtitles continue the ruse, saying how he had told his mother about his recent success, the man breaks into a mid-sentence wail that resembles a squealing seal.
“I never even bought the books,” they continued, before the man sends out another echoing screech.
“And there are other students who studied and stayed up late studying and in the end they got a passing certificate just like me,” they read to the backdrop of the yelling man.
“I was sure I was going to fail exams, and I got it in my head that I wanted to be a van driver.”
“But after the education minister issued passing certificates, I want to become an engineer or doctor,” read the subtitles as the man issues another stretched out laugh, slamming his head down with laughter.
The subtitles then show the man being congratulated by the talk show host for passing, which is followed by a momentary silence that strongly contrasts to echoing wails of the rest of the video.
The guest then swells with bottled up laughter before breaking out and screaming, with the subtitles declaring “I PASSED!” and the man sending out waves of choked squawks across the studio.
“This is a joke... everyone who studied and didn’t study, passed.”
The belly tickling parody was inspired by Education Minister Elias Bou Saab's controversial decision to issue passing certificates to thousands of students who took official exams, after efforts failed to convince teachers to back down on their boycott of correcting the tests Saturday.