Shirley Temper: The Portrait of Dorian Blonde?


Yesterday, I posted the ridiculous and unintentionally hilarious video of Ahed “Shirley Temper” Tamimi. But she has also been lionized (and horse-ized) in some “paintings.”

(As an aside, how cute some of those seem to be comparing her to Saladin – especially considering she looks at best like the biproduct of what would happen if he raped a Nordic woman).

Then later on Twitter, my friend and fellow Israel activist Rachel Steinmetz made the following remark about Ahed “Shirley Temper” Tamimi’s real age:

Which got me thinking: could Shirley Temper be like Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray? (Dorian Blonde if you will).

Dorian Gray is the subject of a full-length portrait in oil by Basil Hallward, an artist who is impressed and infatuated by Dorian’s beauty; he believes that Dorian’s beauty is responsible for the new mode in his art as a painter. Through Basil, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, and he soon is enthralled by the aristocrat’s hedonistic worldview: that beauty and sensual fulfilment are the only things worth pursuing in life.

Newly understanding that his beauty will fade, Dorian expresses the desire to sell his soul, to ensure that the picture, rather than he, will age and fade. The wish is granted, and Dorian pursues a libertine life of varied and amoral experiences, while staying young and beautiful; all the while his portrait ages and records every sin.

Alternatively, they are just lying about her age, and the only thing recording her sins is her own father Bassem with his B’tselem-provided camera.

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