Qaddafi Gets Remixed, Racks Up Over 1M Views

As protesters continue to shun and fight against Qaddafi on the ground in Libya, the Libyan dictator is being defamed on the Web as well. Israeli journalist and musician Noy Alooshe has remixed one of Qaddafi’s speeches into an electro hip hop hit. So far it’s got over one million views.

Alooshe’s Qaddafi remix, called ‘Zenga-Zenga’ because of Qaddafi’s repetition of the Arabic word for alleyway, ‘zanqa’, is set to the tune of Pitbull’s ‘Hey Baby’, featuring T-Pain. According to the NY Times, Alooshe “said he saw Colonel Qaddafi’s televised speech last Tuesday in which the Libyan leader vowed to hunt down protesters “inch by inch, house by house, home by home, alleyway by alleyway,” and immediately identified it as a “classic”.” Alooshe noted how “he was dressed strangely, and he raised his arms” like he was dancing at a trance party, and there was a natural rhythm about the beat of his speech. It was perfect remix material.

The video went up last Wednesday and Alooshe began sharing it via Twitter and Facebook with young Arab revolutionaries. By the beginning of the weekend it had 500,000 views. By the end of the weekend it was already at 1 million. Haven’t seen it yet? Check it out below.

It has been noted that what makes this video really special is that it was created by an Israeli Jew and has amassed countless Arab fans. When he first started sharing the video he didn’t label himself as Jewish or Israeli, but Isabel Kershner of the NY Times writes that, “Web surfers soon discovered that he was a Jewish Israeli from his Facebook profile, and some of the accolades turned to curses. A few also found the video distasteful.” However, Alooshe told Kershner that, despite some backlash, the reactions to his remix have been mostly positive. He even received a message from someone assumed to be on the ground protesting in Libya that if and when Qaddafi falls from power, “We will dance to ‘Zenga-Zenga’ in the square.”

What do you think of Noy Alooshe’s Qaddafi remix? Distasteful, revolutionary or somewhere in between?