“Yes, I used my body. I used it to show that this body can make love, can have sex, and does not only exist in order to die.”

Some Syrians have criticized you, saying your film was an extra violation to the ‘Syrian body’, which has already been widely degraded. What’s your comment on that?

That’s not true. I didn’t mean to ridicule anyone. I used my body, which is mine to use as I like. After launching The Arabian King I read some comments on social media, but then I stopped.

Our community can be very negative; they always bombard you with criticism whatever you do.

I can’t understand why acting in a porn movie would shame Syrians or refugees. I think it’s better to have sex, than to make war.

For over five years now, Syrians have mainly been pictured under rubble, massacred, their dead bodies in the Mediterranean, or humiliated throughout their perilous journey to Europe. Surely that’s what degrades and violates the ‘Syrian body’.

Yes, I used my body. I used it to show that this body can make love, can have sex, and does not only exist in order to die.

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