Every once in a while I come across a random news story that is so absurd and hilarious and disturbing and confusing that I don’t even know what to do with it in my head, much less on paper.
This is one such story.
Apparently, Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi, leader of Libya, was in Rome this past weekend for a UN Food Summit when he decided to take advantage of his sprawling Italian villa by throwing a little party.
According to Al Arabiya news, the Colonel used an agency called “Hostessweb” to advertise his party to a very specific type of Italian woman. The ad read: “Seeking 500 attractive girls between 18 and 35 years old, at least 1.70 meters (5 foot, 7 inches) tall, well-dressed but not in mini-skirts or low cut dresses.”
The ad then promised the women they would receive €60 (about $90) and a “Libyan gift” for their trouble.
Intrigued by the ad and expecting a lavish party, some 200 tall, attractive Italian women showed up to the villa where al-Gaddafi was staying. He then gathered them into a room and attempted to convert them to Islam, insisting that Christianity was a fraud (the man that died on the cross was actually a Jesus “lookalike”) and that women in the West “have often been used as pieces of furniture, changed whenever it pleases men. And this is an injustice.” In Islam, al-Gaddafi said, women must only do “what their physical condition allows them,” which is apparently very little.
After preaching for a while, al-Gaddafi handed each woman some money and a copy of the Koran (their promised Libyan “gift”) and sent them on their way, to convert and prosper.
I don’t even know where to begin. I guess the two most obviously disturbing things about this article are A) that al-Gaddafi only tried to convert tall, good-looking women to Islam (what about the men? what about the short women?) and B) that 200 women actually responded to an ad for a mysterious “party” that offered them money and insisted on both their attractiveness and modest attire. Where were their internal warning sirens on that one?
But seriously, regarding the first part, how can he claim to take his faith seriously if he is only acting as missionary to a small, attractive part of the Italian population? Does he think that if he can manage to convert the hot women, then the men and less hot women will automatically follow suit? Or was he simply hoping to get laid after this convert-to-Islam fest?
He said women in the West are “used as pieces of furniture,” but it looks to me as if he is the one using women as decorative props. And what did he mean by that statement that a woman should only do what her “physical condition” allows? Obviously, our physical condition is allowing us to do everything we are already doing, so I’m not sure I see the problem.
This is too funny and absurd to even upset me. That man is as creepy as he is creepy-looking, and I feel sorry for all those gullible women that got suckered into sitting through his lecture.