The Seven New Wonders Of The World
Swiss-Canadian filmaker Bernard Weber, is working on a competition to choose "the new seven wonders of the world". Mr. Weber is on a tour to promote the 21 sites short-listed for the new competition which are: Petra in Jordan, the Eiffel Tower, the Acropolis in Athens, the Statue of Liberty, the Taj Mahal, the Sydney Opera House and the Great Wall of China.
To this point nothing seems surprising or out of the ordinary, but it seems that Mr. Weber's competition is not appealing to the egyptian authorities who derided it "as a marketing stunt that demeans the Pyramids of Giz". Moreover, Zahi Hawas, Egypt's antiquities chief called the competition "ridiculous", whereas the Egyptian Minister of Culture "echoed the complaint, describing the project as "absurd" and its creator, Swiss-Canadian filmmaker Bernard Weber, as a man "concerned primarily with self-promotion.". More, an egyptian editorialist in a leading state-owned newspaper, labeled the project as "probably a conspiracy against Egypt, its civilization and monuments,". Woww!.
In Jordan, Weber was granted honors and was even welcomed by Queen Rania, whereas in Egypt his initiative was met with "hostility".
"The hotel banquet hall near the Pyramids where Weber was due to hold a news conference Wednesday was closed down at the last minute "for maintenance" and an AFP television crew was prevented from filming "for security reasons."
Do you think Egyptian authorities are overreacting with regard to this competition, which is after all an online one?
Via The Daily Star