A prominent member of the ruling family, the brother of Sheikh Khalifa (President of the UAE) has passed away in a glider plane crash in Morocco and his body was found only yesterday after an extensive three day search. In true UAE tradition, all radio stations switched to obituary mode immediately, playing ONLY instrumental music since late afternoon yesterday.
A concert by Vanilla Ice (who knew this guy still existed in the music and concert scene!?) was scheduled tonight at Barasti bar (a beach front bar in Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Hotel) and early today, the promoters sent out an SMS to ticket holders and regulars in a cheerful tone that read:
NORMAL OPERATION. WE ARE NOT DRY! NICE, NICE BABY! 5PM-3AM C U ON THE SAND.
Immediately, UAE tweeps (or UAE residents on Twitter) sent a flow of tweets criticizing Barasti and it’s promoters for the insensitive and disrespectful act – the seemingly joyous SMS and by declaring that the show must go on!
When Twitter flexes its muscles, the punch hurts because just now, Barasti bar cancelled the Vanilla Ice show amid Twitter outrage. What will happen now? Will the UAE tweeps complain about each and every bar having a show tonight or this is just exclusive to Vanilla Ice?
Right now, I see tweets with keywords like “bunch of bullies”, “kill joys” and amusingly, “anti-90’s!”