Chico the Arab tops the British pops

March 16th, 2006 // 159 Comments

chico-time.jpgChico, a pop sensation in Britain, has taken Madonna

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  1. Sheva

    Okay up with Chico. Down with Madonna, down.

  2. Oh wow.

    That made me long for the dulcet tones of David Hasselhoff.

  3. TowelHead

    He’d be even more popular in a Turkish prison.

  4. Goat herder and a stripper. I’d like to make a joke, but is one really needed???

  5. raliya84

    Umm…”Mashallah” is used by ALL Arabs, not necessarily only MUSLIM arabs, so it’s WRONG to assume that he thinks his success has come from Allah…he may be a Christian and thanking Jesus.

  6. yensid

    This is a joke right? Wait, its not April Fools Day yet…ha ha…you got us early this year! Good one. Now where is my barf pail…I need it.

  7. inspector11

    Worst. Atari. Advertisement. Ever.

  8. Binky

    Ricky Martin on helium
    I was wondering whose ‘time’ it was. Chico’s the man ? Figures…

  9. auh2o

    Yeah, I’m sure that he’s a Christian and he’s thanking Jesus by saying Mashallah. Rather than by saying, oh, I don’t know, “Thank you Jesus”. That’s TOTALLY plausible. We’re all stupid assholes for thinking that when he says “thank you Allah” he really means “thank you Allah.” And please don’t tell me that Christians and Muslims worship the same God they just have different names for Him. It’s a tired cliche and Muslims don’t agree with you anyway.

  10. stevie511

    It’s Chico Time! And by “Chico Time” I mean wrist-slittingly embarrasing.

  11. InsomniActress

    A former stripper dancing amongst small children to promote his self-referencing pop single.

    No, nothing about this seems out of the ordinary at all.

  12. That is almost sickening. How did that manage to get to the top of the charts. It’s not even a good song, the beat sucks, the music is terrible. Wow Britain is amazing.

  13. TowelHead

    Raliya, where did anyone assume he was Muslim and what are you getting so arsey about anyway? And ‘Allah’ doesn’t mean ‘Jesus’ you dumbass – it still means ‘God’ even if you’re a Christian Arab. As for the goatherder suggestion – he deserves the benefit of the doubt. I mean, they could have been his girlfriends for all we know.

  14. krisdylee

    OK, I totally thought about making a comment like “where does he hide his bomb if his shirt is wide open”… then I thought, no too racist and not funny, then i thought, fuck this, if someone can wonder if they want to kick Kim Stewart in the cunt, then I can say whatever the hell I want to…. I’m not really like this, the superficial brings out the bitch in me…

  15. auh20, ‘Allah’ means God in Arabic (not Muslim, not Christian, just God)… Mashallah (as clearly stated above) means thank God. Last ime I checked Christians thank God too. Why do you have to blame this guy on muslims? They’re already carrying enough of a burden… Obviously he chose to say it in Arabic as a shout out to his ‘peoples’. You know, Shannon Elizabeth is 1/4 Syrian 1/4 Lebenese, so therefore very much an Arab. Nobody ever points that out because they don’t want to think of Arab girls as beautiful. Not all Arab people look like that Bin Ladin chick. In this case however (& getting back to the point) I don’t think the Arab community world wide want to be credited for this joke. I feel sorry for his parents. How does an innocent goat herder end up stripping? OH, the corruption of it all! I’d love to know who he had to strip for to get his record deal. He must have a massive doodle, coz a massive doodle is very impressive…

  16. raliya84

    “Yeah, I’m sure that he’s a Christian and he’s thanking Jesus by saying Mashallah. Rather than by saying, oh, I don’t know, “Thank you Jesus”. That’s TOTALLY plausible. We’re all stupid assholes for thinking that when he says “thank you Allah” he really means “thank you Allah.” And please don’t tell me that Christians and Muslims worship the same God they just have different names for Him. It’s a tired cliche and Muslims don’t agree with you anyway”

    you are so ignorant it’s no even funny. Firstly, the person who posted the story TRANSLATED “mashallah” as “thanks to allah”. AND if you knew how to read and understand what u read u would have understood that I meant that BOTH muslims and christians use the term “mashallah” though they are OBVIOUSLY referring to different dieties.

    “And ‘Allah’ doesn’t mean ‘Jesus’ you dumbass – it still means ‘God’ even if you’re a Christian Arab.”

    I’m not even going to bother.

  17. Tetsuo

    @9 (auh2o): You’re ignorant. Stop posting until you’re not ignorant.

  18. Dee

    #6 lol you beat me to it…..April Fools joke….there can’t be any other explanation.

  19. downshine

    so how much do you want to bet Syracuse is going to whoop Texas’ ass tonight. I’ll bet one gay hypocritical-wannabe muslim-goatherder. any other wagers?

  20. Evangelia

    dear #3
    i love your screenname
    and all i can say is, it’s about time their was an arab male stripper pop star. wow, i came just typing that.

  21. Evangelia

    mashallah doesn’t even mean thank god or allah or the felafel seller or whoever. it’s more like “oh my god wow!”
    if the point of you camels argument is that both christians and muslims refer to god as allah, it’s true…and chico may be christian. however, i hope to god (allahhhhh) that he’s muslim. he probabaly is anyways, he’s moroccan. then again, he might be jewish and this whole coversation is for nothing.

  22. infatuatingLena

    so , it’s not Hammer Time anymore then?

  23. billthecat

    He is a Sufi disciple, according to this Wikipedia entry:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chico_Slimani

    Sufism being the mystic branch of Islam. They are more into transcendentalism, that sort of stuff.

  24. scarlett138

    umm alright, who the hell cares if he is Muslim or Christian or an Arab for that matter…hahaha this guy is ridiculous looking and so is his song!! lol, oh man, what this world is coming to…!

  25. Evangelia, your comments may be construed as bigoted… Is that what you mean them to be? Not that I’m muslim or whatever, I’m just a hippy at heart and want people of all different backgrounds to sit around in a circle holding hands and singing Britney Spears.
    & billthecat, I’d use your link, but I’m scared the CIA are gonna bust down my door as soon as it’s downloaded :(

  26. KT

    what the hell

  27. Whatever

    ”You know, Shannon Elizabeth is 1/4 Syrian 1/4 Lebenese, so therefore very much an Arab. Nobody ever points that out because they don’t want to think of Arab girls as beautiful.”

    That has to be one of the most ludicrous comment I have read in a while.

    I am not surprised in the least this looser made it to the top. After all, this is the nation who spawned the Spice Girls.
    Nobody does rubbish like the British.

  28. Mlle. X

    Mashaallah means “as god wills” or “what god wills” – it’s used like “woah!” or “crazy!” It’s an extremely common expression, so common that it is frequently used by any and all Arabic speakers, religious, non-religious, Christian, Muslim, etc. (thank god would be “hamdullileh” – if you don’t speak Arabic, don’t blather on like you know what it means to use a particular phrase.

  29. suzy

    he’s like an Arabic version of Ricky Martin

  30. fatso

    after seeing this video, only one term comes to mind … astaghfirallah

  31. Grphdesi23

    Any Arab rappers in the house?

  32. Grphdesi23

    I think he and Ricky Martin were part-time lovers.

  33. Grphdesi23

    #19-downshire: Syracuse won’t make it that far because they’re going to get a beat down from LSU.

  34. Grphdesi23

    I bet Ryan Seacrest knows him……if you know what I mean.

  35. bravegirl01

    #22, you rock! thanks for the laugh!

  36. Grphdesi23

    The sad truth is that he will never be taken seriously in the USA.

    Why? Because we “open-minded” Americans only want to view Muslims as hate filled terrorists trying to destroy our country.

  37. Grphdesi23

    Even his stage name is offensive “Chico the Arab”. It’s so primitive.

  38. Hey WHATEVER @ No.27,
    What’s so ludicrous about that? People never believe me when I say I’m Arab, because I’m not covered in fur and wear a scarf (that’s the stereotype – I think they mix us up with Afganistanimami people or whatever people from Afghanistan are called)… Plus don’t be mean to me. I just had the homeless guy who sleeps at the stairs to my office building ask me if I wanted to carry his babies (he meant his unconcieved babies BTW)…

  39. TowelHead

    Raliya,

    You’re right – you shouldn’t bother until you’ve taken some Arabic lessons. Jesus is ‘Yesua’ in Arabic, you nit. Arabic is my first language by the way, but my ‘ironic’ screenname may have thrown you off.

    Evangelia, thanks! I was torn between that and ‘CamelJockey’ but I finally decided on ‘TowelHead’ as I felt it was a little more feminine.

    krisdylee – that was a good crack actually, pity I can’t say your joke BOMBED. Bombed. Get it?

    Ok now THAT was lame.

  40. InsomniActress

    To the poster “Sally”, in response to post #15

    Are you seriously holding up Shannon Elizabeth as something you wish that people would identify with the Arab world? Really?

  41. auh2o

    @17 (tetsuo) You’re a wussy douchebag. Stop posting until you’re not a wussy douchebag anymore.

  42. raliya84

    “Raliya,

    You’re right – you shouldn’t bother until you’ve taken some Arabic lessons. Jesus is ‘Yesua’ in Arabic, you nit. Arabic is my first language by the way, but my ‘ironic’ screenname may have thrown you off. ”

    Seriously, just stop. IS THERE ANYWHERE in my message where I said that Jesus is an Arabic word. I’m well aware of the Arabic word for “Jesus” u dimwit. I don’t know how to make it any clearer. I WAS NOT contesting the origin of the term “jesus” or “allah” or anything of that nature. I was simply saying that “Mashallah” can be a REFERENCE (not equal to) “god” used by either Christians or Muslims. Get over yourself.

  43. what time is it? it’s chico time!

    ps: god, can you please let this one stay only in britain?

  44. raliya84

    @towelhead:

    for your information, “yeshua” is actual aramaic which came before arabic. dumbass.

  45. Why are you people bitching about what means what in Arabic? This is about making fun of that gay-looking douchebag in the picture……let’s FOCUS people. :D

  46. hafaball

    lol inspector11

    I dared…and now I feel like shooting my dog. Am I the only one that feels like killing after watching that? Subliminal messages people!! O.o

  47. algibson

    Two words: “Chico Suave”

    cultural reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rico_Suave

  48. No. 40… Shannon Elizabeth, Usama Bin Laden, Sadam Hussein… You take YOUR pick. I suppose there’s Salma Hayek, and Shakira too… Now don’t get me started on them…

  49. DivaG81

    At least Ricky Martin has a hot ass to shake. This guy is a total douchebag – I hate it when pop singers make videos and act out every word. “I’m thinkin bout you girl” (points to head, then points out to audience) …I know she looks too old to wear spandex, but is this really better than Madonna?

  50. Lavinia the Vainglorious

    Look at that body! I’d hit it. How many whiney, crap singles have Britney and Ashley Simp come out with? Its not Brits in particular who don’t have ears. Its the pop consuming public.

    My friends and I have this game…each time there’s some mention of Arabs or the Middle East, which has nothing at all to do with politics, and there are Americans around, we bet on how long it will be till one of the Yanks brings up terrorism or religion.

    Amazing results. It would make you think the average American was some kind of narrowminded bigot, but thats not right is it? I mean y’all are bombing the best kind of democracy into the Middle East:)

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