Saudi Poet Has Rhyme and Reason

I’d like to give it up to Hissa Hilal, a Saudi woman who’s caused some controversy for slamming Islamic extremists in an American Idol spinoff called Million’s Poet. Instead of singing, contestants are judged based on how well they recite poems in front of a live audience; a panel of judges, along with thousands of viewers voting by text message, determine who walks away with the $1.3 million prize.Over the past episodes, poets romanticized Arab culture with odes to Bedouin life and glorious le … [Read more...]