Karen Ghrawi not the only one who fell on Miss Lebanon 2014

Whether on TV or on Social Media, we’ve all witnessed it.

Former Miss Lebanon Karen Ghrawi fell on National Television in the middle of the stage while doing her final farewell walk.

A fall which was described as “epic” or “historical” and which left everyone, laughing, commenting and tweeting until late hours of the night.

karen ghrawi miss lebanon fall on stage

But Karen Ghrawi was not the only one to have fallen that night on Miss Lebanon 2014, we all did.

Starting by myself, some news websites, some people at home, and everyone, laughing, commenting and tweeting until late hours of the night; we all fell in the trap of Adult Cyber Bullying.

miss lebanon cyber bullying

None of us who impulsively pointed fingers, meant to be part of any mass shaming campaign but we all did and worst of all, none of us are aware how every time we do so on Social Media, even innocently, we are impacting someone’s life.

lebanon cyber bullying miss lebanon

In fact, Cyber bullying is believed to affect twice as many times women and has much more severe consequences than real life bullying:

– Cyber Bullying can easily go viral and be shared by thousands in a few minutes.
– Cyber Bullying gets saved in online databases and remains forever a scar for its target on every google or youtube search.
– Cyber Bullying leaves the victim with no safe space to escape to, neither is it restricted to a geographical area.
– Cyber Bullying can be done by an anonymous.

While this blog has been more than proud to highlight numerous times when us young Lebanese have used Social Media to positively change our community, we also feel concerned of the numerous times we all used Social Media to mock and humiliate people for making innocent mistakes all people do.

A final word to Karen Ghrawi, forgive us. Unknowingly our Lebanese society has molded us into adult bullies who wait eagerly for each other’s falls to point and judge.

Your fall was innocent, accidental and graceful, our fall on the other hand was the real shameful one.

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6 comments on “Karen Ghrawi not the only one who fell on Miss Lebanon 2014

  1. christine October 6, 2014 10:36 am

    I love this blog post… When she fell i screamed so loud my dad thought something was wrong hurried to my help. I honestly didn’t feel it was funny but felt how embarrassed she would be feeling, but its true we all cyber bully and we all esp as lebanese tend to bully and be sarcastic in ways thats so hard to heal from.

    I am glad you got this on people’s attention its always easy to point fingers…

    • theboss October 6, 2014 10:40 am

      Thanks for the comment Christine. We should all spread awareness about Cyber Bullying in Lebanon. Unfortunately this issue is still unknow to most people…

  2. Catherine October 6, 2014 4:57 pm

    well said 🙂 thumbs up

    • theboss October 6, 2014 6:00 pm

      Thank you Catherine for your comment 🙂

  3. Tarek October 8, 2014 8:04 pm

    Yes Ralph, I remember specifically the case of Brofessional Review when sensitive personal info – which may or may not have been true – was posted and reshared aqnd even a leading blog kept the comment which supposedly revealed their names but also the alleged sexual orientation of its members and shopping habits and what not. The people – including some who are classified as promient bloggers – who shared, posted, and spread this were nto even aware they were they were bullying.
    As for Ms Ghrawi she left a beautiful comment on facebook regarding the issue: https://www.facebook.com/MissLebanonKarenGhrawi/photos/a.648666135153264.1073741827.648588481827696/858112617541947/?type=1&theater

    • theboss October 8, 2014 8:13 pm

      Thanks Tarek for sharing this as well as her comment on the incident. I guess words which we take for granted are sometimes, if not always, a big responsibility.

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