BEIRUT: MTV’s chairman and CEO personally apologized over the weekend to Sidon MP Bahia Hariri over a recent sketch of the lawmaker that sparked outrage in the southern coastal city.
The controversy began when a photo-shopped picture depicting Hariri wearing a bikini and dancing with her Hezbollah rival MP Mohammad Raad appeared during the Feb. 4 episode of the weekly MTV program “Hayda Haki.”
The sketch caused outrage in Sidon, with protesters burning tires to block the road near the Awali River Bridge.
MTV and the show’s presenter apologized the next day.
Meeting Hariri at her residence in Majdalyoun, MTV CEO Michel Murr repeated his firm’s apology and said “the lapse was unintentional and alien to the approach of the channel and its commitment to the highest standards of professionalism,” according to a statement from Hariri’s office.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 11, 2014, on page 4.