Slightly late to this, I realise. But I couldn’t let this pass without at least a bit of mild – er, shock.
You may have noticed that Nelson Mandela has died (here’s an alternative take from my good friend Austin Mackell on Madiba’s legacy that shies away from the virtually untempered hero worship we’ve seen in the last 36 hours or so).
Anyway. World leaders have been falling over themselves to eulogise. And, although he’s not a world leader, former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri couldn’t help himself.
Here’s his tweet commemorating Mandela, which has since been deleted:
Who wants to see a translation?
Mandela nearly reached the age of a hundred, and remained until the last minute of his life a rare piece of brown gold glittering over humanity, presenting live examples of the values of forgiveness, reconciliation, the recognition of the other.
You did read that right. “A rare piece of brown gold.” I just. Can’t. Even.
Mr. Hariri’s press office needs to realise that some people who speak English can read Arabic. This is not an OK thing to say, no matter how butterfingered the compliment it may have been meant as.
(h/t Blog Baladi)