Head of Mayyas chides Lebanese politicians


The choreographer leading a Lebanese dance troupe that shot to fame by winning the 'America's Got Talent' TV contest castigated Lebanese politicians and called for revolution upon landing back in Beirut Friday.

Dozens of relatives offered the Mayyas flowers at Beirut airport while thousands of Lebanese were glued to their televisions to catch a glimpse of the performers who filled them with pride and joy in a country wrecked by nearly three years of economic crisis.

"We don't need you (politicians), Mayyas made Lebanon proud without you help" choreographer Nadim Cherfan told AFP in Beirut's airport, echoing the frustration of many Lebanese who blame the political class for the country's woes.

Amid Lebanon's worst-ever economic crisis, the national currency has lost more than 90 percent of its value on the black market since 2019 while poverty and unemployment have soared.

In a reflection of deep popular discontent, five banks were stormed Friday by depositors seeking to unlock savings frozen in the banking system after the economy crumbled.

"People should break all the banks, shake up the country and turn the table over politicians' heads," Cherfan said.

Mayyas this week snatched a $1 million prize and the chance to headline a Las Vegas show for their extravagant performance featuring belly dancing, feather fans and white orbs of light.

Judges and viewers hailed the troupe for their hypnotic and mesmerizing performances -- despite enduring hardships at home that include long daily power cuts.

Lebanese authorities can barely provide citizens and residents with bare necessities.

Lebanon suffers from electricity cuts that last up to 22 hours as the cash-strapped state can no longer afford fuel.

"Your job is to feed the hungry people and bring electricity," Cherfan said, addressing the politicians.

"As artists we are doing an artistic revolution," he added, in an apparent reference to a 2019 anti-government protest movement that many Lebanese dubbed a revolution.

Comments 5
Thumb gebran_sons 13 days

Thanks Mayyas for this amazing accomplishment and reminding us who we are. You mesmerized the world with your amazing performances. We also share your disgust with all the political mafia, but will never give up fighting for a free, democratic and sovereign Lebanon. Very proud of you! Mafia politicians and foreign militias are all piper tiger that have no chance against us if we unite to resurrect our country, a country full of potential and talents.

Missing coolmec 13 days

Please continue your outstanding performance. You are certainly making the Lebanese people proud
Thank you

Thumb i.report 13 days

Are they planting the seed of a new Revolution !!?? We can certainly hope so.

Missing HellAndWaite 13 days

Admiration for creating team of future leaders whom make being Lebanese more innovative and beautiful

Missing mcessen1 12 days

I hope they make sure to transfer their million dollars to a "fresh" USD account in Lebanon where I'm sure the money will be safe and easy to withdraw.