Boys with scars
Boys with acne
Boys with out flat chests
Boys who are pre t
Boys who haven’t transitioned
Boys with wheelchairs
Boys of color
Mentally ill boys
You know why im so pissed off about the silence when it comes to the Bosnian War and the Srebrenica Genocide in particular? Because this was the most recent genocide commited by Europeans yet no one talks about it? It’s not taught in schools (uk) it’s hardly a topic anyone cares about, it was systematically islamophobic, for those who don’t know it was a genocide targeting Muslim men and boys specifically, 8373 murdered from 11 July 1995 - 22 July 1995 to be precise. Muslim women were raped, Muslims were put in concentration camps yet this is the forgotten war and genocide? How? How can Europe just forget about this? I’m so disgusted. 21 years. 21 years of families suffering and mourning because their father, brother, uncle, grandad was killed for his faith. Fuck anyone who doesn’t care about Bosnia.
one of the beautiful things about this clip was the amount of respect these boys have toward sana, it’s something that you could just feel. it’s such a popular misconception people have, muslim and/or arab boys who completely disrespect girls, who think girls are inferior, not as worthy as them. people associate islam with sexism. but when sana’s brother at the end of the clip made a really clumsy and unintentionally offensive comment to his little sister, these boys were not having it, they immediately let their friend know that it was 100% wrong for him to say that, even as a joke, you don’t make that type of comment, these boys felt that it was wrong, they felt offended by elias’ comment
these boys are the complete opposite of sexists. these boys are actually feminists. don’t you dare make a sexist comment in front of them, they’re not gonna let it slide
Never forget that, on the 11th of July 1995, one of Europe’s greatest crimes against humanity-the Bosnian genocide-reached its peak with the brutal massacre of over 8,000 Muslim Bosnian men & young boys of all ages, and the the expulsion of 25,000-30,000 Muslim Bosnians that followed the very same day.
Never forget that this bloody extermination was strategically made with the intention of “cleansing” Europe of its ethnic Muslims, and is an act that modern day xenophobia & islamophobia still echoes.
Never forget that this genocide was part of a greater atrocious and vicious ethnic cleansing campaign that lasted, largely ignored & unrestricted, from 1992-1995. It included unlawful confinement, murder, rape, sexual assault, torture, beating, robbery, and inhumane treatment of civilians. It not only targeted political leaders but also intellectuals & professionals. There were unlawful deportations, unchecked shelling of civilians, unlawful appropriation of real and personal property by the government, the destruction of homes and businesses, and the destruction of places of worship.
things Sana had to deal with in the course of minutes:
noora blaming her for not telling her about william when all of the girls knew, not just sana
having to physically pull her brother off of mahdi so neither would get hurt
seeing that someone hurt isak which meant that the fight between the balloon squad and the boys was probably over what happened with mikael and even, a long-time friend of hers
having to deal with that plus knowing even’s history and realizing the implications of that friend for even’s mental health and isak’s physical health
knowing that whatever happened, happened due to a misunderstanding that she was busy with social stuff to help mediate and feeling overwhelmingly guilty for something she had no control over and for just having a life outside of what her family expects
washing isak’s blood off of her hands knowing that either her brother, her crush, or her long-time family friends caused, no matter who started the fight
hearing people assume that all muslim boys are homophobic and anti-norwegian culture to the point that they would start throwing punches
hearing people call her brother crazy and using how elias tried to save sana from her parents for the party she agreed to as evidence against elias’ sanity and feeling overwhelmingly guilty for that
hearing people say she was a bad representative for her religion for events that are out of her control when she is a seventeen year old girl who is true to her faith in every way possible and is just trying to have friends and be “normal” while being herself and being seen as different by everyone
feeling guilty for misrepresenting her religion when she hasn’t
dealing with the guilt from the text from her mother when she said she should have trusted sana and ten minutes later, elias is in a fistfight and she’s washing blood off her hands while hearing people say that she will never fit into a culture she tries so hard to hold onto while not losing her faith and her roots
hearing the girls say that she was off the bus that her friends put her in charge of initially by asking her to fix all their problems and realizing that everyone lied to her including her friends
hearing her friends spread untrue rumors about her and her family
realizing that vilde has been going behind her back time and time again when sana has given her nothing but chances
being called insane by association to her brother
and after all of that seeing one of her closest friends and her crush going at it just a week after yousef and sana’s Moment
seeing one of her closest friends kiss her crush just after sana had come to accept yousef’s way of faith and after she believed she had a chance with him, even after all the back and forth with her feelings
all of this only moment after everyone was happy and singing together under the umbrella of even’s struggle turned to joy
thinking all of the happiness was too good to last, yousef,
thinking all of this was her fault for inviting the balloon squad to syng
i will defend sana bakkoush with my life. she has been through ENOUGH.
NOORA: What is this again? We’re here for my sake? SANA: Yes, of course we’re here for your sake. NOORA: Just to look at muslim boys and stuff. SANA: Aren’t you tired of white boys now? I thought we had to get out, meet new types of people, see that there’s plenty of fish in the sea. You know what I mean? NOORA: But you said muslim boys just use Norwegian girls. SANA: It’s good that you’re converting to Islam, then. NOORA: Don’t turn around now, okay? But are those boys looking at us? SANA: How shouldl I see if they’re looking at us if I can’t turn around? NOORA: Oh my God, they’re coming over! SANA: Stay cool. NOORA: Stay cool? I’m really fuckign cool! Hi there! SANA: Hi! NOORA: Hi. BOY1: Can we sit here? SANA AND NOORA: Yes, of course. JONAS: It’s okay? Great! SANA: Sit down! NOORA: Hi! Yes, hi. ALI: Ali. NOORA: Noora. ALI: Nice to meet you. NOORA: Noora, it’s a pleasure. SANA: Sana, it’s a pleasure. ALI: Ali, it’s a pleasure. JONAS: Jonas. It was sana? SANA: Yes.
if Icarus was a Muslim boy, I imagine
his wings would rustle as he knelt to pray. I imagine,
in the pomegranate pit of sunrise,
he would fly towards God as the world
yawned awake beneath him. not knowing
that some truths ache. not knowing
that brown burns best.
in my Icarus’ city, dawn’s quiet
stretches for years.
in the elbow’s bend of his home’s ruin,
the hour before sunrise is most sacred and
also most sword — silence is relative
clean sky is relative
when we talk, my Icarus and I, I wonder
if his mother still calls him her olive, still
wakes him with lips to forehead for fajr, still
feeds him dates out of the good silverware.
when we sleep, an entire unkempt ocean apart, I wonder,
as the world yawns awake around him,
if he asks God for salvation. I wonder,
as rooftops shed their nightgowns and
mango trees cast slow shade,
if the salvation is me.
Hi Sana. I Just wanted to thank you for the meeting on
Friday. All the girls were very pleased. You seem like a very good bus boss.
Hope you didn’t get any stress from your parents? Here are a few things we have
to get through:
How are we going to do it with the payment of
the bus? Should we pay from our account? That’s ok with us, as long as you pay
for the other expenses. We should perhaps get a joint account.
You talked about calling the group leaders in
for a meeting, when will that be?
[YOUSEF: Someone is missing this]
[IPRAYER: It’s time for Asr.]
MOM: Are you doing homework?
SANA: Yes, I have a biology assignment that’s due in two
MOM: Biology? What are you reading about?
SANA: I’m gonna write about the human immune system.
MOM: Yeah. Does Elias have visitors?
SANA: No, but you never know with those guys. It’s like they
live here. They show up all the time.
MOM: I have to ask you about something. Do you think Elias
has started drinking?
SANA: Huh? Why do you think that?
MOM: No, I don’t know. I just thought because Yousef drinks
alcohol and.. I’m a bit worried.
SANA: You don’t have to worry. I really don’t think Elias is
MOM: You don’t think so?
MOM: Okay. I just have to trust you, habibiti. Have you talked
to the handsome, muslim boy?
FINALLY, THE MUCH AWAITED AND PROBABLY MUCH, MUCH NEEDED UPDATE TO THAT NONBINARY COMIC I DID LAST YEAR (last year????? I don’t remember)
I’ve learned a lot since then, and while I have to say the truth is a bitter pill to swallow, it does open my eyes to issues that I previously have not seen nor considered before. Being a cis Muslim woman is already hard enough as it is. But being an afab nonbinary Muslim? Oh boy. If I were to touch on that here I will not have the space to do so, and it’s honestly still something I’m learning about, so I don’t have the resources or knowledge enough to talk about this here.
Yes we still have a lot of things we need to work out on. Yes, I probably will never take my hijab off knowing what kind of things I might end up getting if I did (I could get kicked out of my own house, for one). I realize and understand these are issues faced by nb Muslims like me EVERYWHERE.
But you know what?
In the end only Allah can judge you for who you are. And I highly doubt He cares what you identify with. All I know is that He is Most Merciful and Most Forgiving. So fuck what people tell you. You’re valid, your gender is valid, your beliefs are valid, and you can be both at the same time and still be a good Muslim.
Fuck what everyone says. Be you, do you!
*My ask box & IM is open for any nonbinary Muslim that wants to talk or vent about it to me. You’ll always find a place here with me. I promise.
I had an immense amount of hope for season 4 of Skam. And
even though from the beginning, I didn’t like some stuff or was suspicious of
some plotlines, I decided to trust the people who had previously made three
amazing seasons of Skam to make sense of everything and to give us a beautiful
and meaningful season for Sana as well.
Now that Sana’s season is basically over, however, I am more
resigned to bitterness and accepting the fact that they simply couldn’t
deliver. I don’t blame Julie. Not really. I did for a while, but now I
just…feel nothing. The rage has worn off and what’s left is this deep sadness
that comes from knowing something good has gone bad.
I’m being dramatic though! At the end of the day, it’s just
a show and it doesn’t really matter. But for a second there, I thought I was
watching something monumental occur; like when I watched season 3. To get a
show from the perspective of a poc muslim girl in a European country seemed
both risqué and innovative. But the problem with such a never-seen-before/never-explored-before
concept is that, you won’t know just how wrong it can go.
For example, they could easily figure out what not to do in
season three, by simply watching all the wrong moves other shows had made
through the years. While Sana’s season needed delicate and thorough research to
first: capture the essence of the culture and background she came from
and then secondly: to use it in the fabric of the show in a natural and
organic way. They also needed to have space to deal with the daily problems of
muslim girls in modern Norway’s society and on top of that all, they had to
make no mistakes and create interesting drama through it all.
Looking at it like that, I feel bad for Julie and the pressure
she must have been under. I think considering how bad things could have gone….
they went moderately bad. And yet, ironically we can claim it’s the best of its
kind because no one else has done anything remotely close to it before, either.
However, I’m not resigned to just accept this as an excuse
and forget just how badly things went. Because this looks like a terrible
accident to me, and no matter what I do, I find myself thinking things like “if
only this part had been different”, “if only they hadn’t done that.”, if, if, if.
So I’m gonna rewatch all nine episodes of Sana’s season and attempt to write a
piece explaining just what I thought went wrong.
1.The pacing: Perhaps one of the most obvious things
that went wrong with this season and that everyone noticed, was the pacing.
This piece will be full of bitter nostalgia so let the first one be a callback
to the amazing trailer. I will never forget the day we got season four’s
trailer after four months of waiting. Everything about it seemed just perfect.
Every detail seemed like a symbol, a throwback, a small wink to the viewer:
“look! We put that there for you to find!”. And the ultimate message seemed to
be that “it’s about to go down” and it will go down in a very complex way, too!
A chain reaction! Millions of meta pieces were written. A thousand different
takes on the chain of reaction and what each dilemma could be was written. So when the
season started, we were all waiting for something to happen. We
waited….and waited… and waited… and waited…. We waited for weeks! But what
happened was that a tension, thick as butter, just kept on building for five
weeks. And then BOOM! All hell broke loose! And yet…and yet nothing had happened
yet. We actually had to wait two more weeks for something to really happen and
suddenly by the eighth week, everything was resolved again! In short, the plot
was one giant anticlimax! The conflict that kept on building to seem like an
unavoidable fall out, a tsunami of dramatic interactions, ended up being
resolved off screen. The real problem seemed to be the pacing. If the show had
built the conflict in three episodes, presented us with the supposed dilemma
in episode 3, tried to fix that in episode 4 and had the deeper, real conflict
happen in episode 5, then had the after math in episode 6, and started to fix it
in episode 7, have the characters figure it out in episode 8 and the resolve it in
episode nine, then it would have made sense! Writing it down like that, it
almost feels like that’s what happened! But clearly something prevented the cycle
from feeling like a natural arc. Which brings us to the second problem:
2.Crowded narrative: So what was Sana’s season about?
The imbalance of her Muslim/Norwegian identity? Being a muslim in an atheist
country? Falling for a non-muslim boy? Falling out of touch with friends?
Jealousy? Anger issues? Making up with family? Getting a Russ buss? What was
this season about?
Ignoring the subplots (because there was so many of those I
shiver just thinking about them!), there was three main plots for Sana in this
1.Finding a balance between her Norwegian
identity and the people in that part of her life with the muslim/Moroccan side
of her identity and the people in that part of her life.
2.the problem of being a muslim girl
falling for a non-muslim boy and trying to keep true to her faith while still
trying to not the love go to waste.
3.Finally making the last move in her
friendship with girl squad and really being honest with them about her feelings
However soon these problems morphed into different things
1.Getting a bus and proving to everyone that
she can be a part of this Norwegian tradition like any other Norwegian girl.
2. Trying to let go of the boy who was both
unsuitable for her and who her best friend had feelings for.
3.Dealing with the collision of her Moroccan
and Norwegian on terms that were not her own.
Each of these plots kept on getting more complicated and
more tangled to a point that they were not exactly resolvable. They were
instead just forced into a state of equilibrium. Which was anti climactic to say
*sigh* now let’s face the subplots! There were so many
subplots! And at one point, it felt like these plots will wrap up in that
infamous trailer “chain reaction”. But with the season already over, it’s
become abundantly clear that that was never the case!
The subplots as seen from the very first clip on are:
1. Vilde and Magnus’s
relationship (initially taken as a way to introduce lesbian Vilde but ending up
being about trust and cheating. Resolved in episode eight’s sixth clip)
2.Noorhelm (the most
unnecessary unearthing of a clearly failed relationship that somehow got
revived again…*whispers*why?! Resolved in Episode nine’s third clip)
3.Balloon squad (Sana’s
brother’s group of friends and the most adorable addition to Skam this season.
I’m not sure what their conflict was supposed to be but last time we saw them
they were pretty happy and content so I guess resolved in the last hei briskeby
video) (actually they were there to destroy stigma surrounding poc/muslim boys and trying to create empathy towards them)
4.Getting a bus (resolved in
the fifth clip of episode 8)
5.Hvem er Mikael?!(Still a
mystery tbh but generally accepted to be the last guy Even tried to
kiss…unsuccessfully I might add. Resolved in the last clip of episode 4?!then
again in last clip of episode 5 and again in the last clip of episode 7…)
6.Sana and her mother (not
really a conflict point but still she started from hiding things from her to
telling her stuff. Resolved in the fourth clip of episode 9)
7.Even’s past (I honestly
don’t know why this had to be mentioned but whatever. Resolved in the sixth
clip of episode 8)
8.Yousana (resolved with an
open ending in the fifth clip of episode nine aka Sana’s last clip)
9.Elias (Sana’s brother has
issues! He’s drinking, he’s fighting with his mom, he’s rebelling and maybe
even questioning his faith. This wasn’t resolved! This was just mentioned and
to this day I’m haunted. What is happening with Elias?)
10.PM girls (The true let down of this season.
There was no need to make 50% of the 99 girls evil, but nothing we can do about
that. Resolved in the fifth clip of episode 8)
11.Vilde (Vilde was acting
super weird all season long! From Islamophobic behavior to spreading stuff
about Sana behind her back and such. Vilde deserved better because we never saw
her acknowledge her wrong behavior but somehow this was already resolved by the
end of the fifth clip of episode 8)
12.The syng fight (supposedly
a climax for the other plots and subplots but it’s an even bigger mystery than
all the plots combined. I don’t know anything about it! Nothing made sense but
apparently already resolved by the sixth clip of episode 8)
13.Jamilla and Sana’s friendship (resolved in the
fifth clip of episode 7)
14.Hacking and cyber-bulling
(resolved by the fifth clip of episode 8)
15.Sana finishing her prayer
(resolved in the last clip of episode 9)
I…I just think there was too much happening!
All this aside, this season had one giant problem. Like a
zit on the nose. Big, red, angry and full of gross pus. And that is the third
3.Noora: To think I started watching the show for
Noora! Oh Noora, Noora, Noora! I am so sick of Noora! The woman, the mirror,
the foil, the ever-present heroin of Skam! It was so easy for Eva and Isak to
fade into the backgrounds of the seasons that were not theirs but for some
unfathomable reason, this is just not going to work out for Noora!
While Noora’s mirror presence in season 3 was dignified and
reasonable, the ever-changing mirror/foil/symbol/metaphor/object of hate or
jealousy-take your pick- presence that
she had this season was stifling! Present in almost all clips or at least the
long clips, with a very tangible presence and a very lingering subplot, Noora
mirror-foilingly(!) stole the show from Sana. Here’s how she did that.
In the very first clip of season 4, it’s mentioned that
Noora is still not over William while he has apparently moved on to dating a
new person. This sets the main plot into action, by girl squad trying to find
someone for her to move on with. Which leads to a cute tête-à-tête between her
and Yousef. But this is quickly side-tracked by Sana wittingly telling Noora to
avoid muslim boys.
So basically, Noora and her boy trouble were the spark that
started the season. This later affected other plots such as the Vilde+Magnus
one, the Even backstory, Yousana and balloon squad.
Soon after this, we get a long clip in which Noora explained-with
a painstakingly slow pace- why she really left William in London. An explanation
that nobody needed and that just created the opportunity to restart an old
storyline despite it being over for months. Long story short, from trying to
help Noora move on to Noora kissing Yousef, from Sana being jealous of Noora to
hacking and a lot of tears, basically this whole season was a chain of Sana’s
reactions to Noora’s actions. The only plot that was there from the very first
clip to the second to last one. The only story that evolved and developed,
right beneath our noses while we were busy wondering about more important
things like: “whether Sana will ever talk to her friends or not?” (she won’t) or
“what the syng fight was about?” (nothing important!) or “what really happened
in Bakka?” (What’s Bakka?!) or “Is Vilde lesbian?” (no!) or “will Yousana make
it?” (eh…). And while we were busying ourselves with these silly small plots
around the season, Noora and her epic romantic adventures were developing
steadfastly towards a big climax that was delivered in the last clip of episode
8. A clip that was formerly reserved for a very important and dramatic plot
twist in the main’s life.
So while all those never-explored-before plots were all just
dismissed, the same old story of Noora got to be the main plot of the season.
And that’s fine! But when they said we were getting a Sana season, it just led
us to believe Sana would be a bigger part of her own main plotline.
I always thought Sana was the ultimate main for Skam,
because in the past three seasons, she was the single character that held a
real sway over the plot. She delivered important speeches and pushed the plot
in a whole new direction with each of these talks. I thought she was ultimately
the character we were meant to get to know. But I was wrong. Because Skam was
always about Noora.
4.Bad research: While we all know that the
authenticity and uniqueness that is provided in Skam’s plots is curtsey of the
interviews they did with actual teenagers and the inspirations they took from
their real life experiences; it is undeniable that the main reason season three
became such a success was because they sought out the counsel of a professional.
While we don’t know if they didn’t really do this for this season, it at least
feels like they went in blind to write it. We know they spoke with muslim
teenagers, but perhaps it would have been better to try to familiarize
themselves with Sana’s situation on a sociological and psychological level as
well. Maybe have a religion expert on the show? Or a sociologist who had
studied the social disorders that second
generation immigrants have to deal with? Someone who could guide them into
writing a story that was perhaps a bit more respectful to these children’s
experiences rather than a dramatic roller coaster of unexplainable events that
led to nothing but drama.
storytelling: The most respectful
way to put this is to say that (as mentioned before) since there were too many
subplots happening in the season, none of these stories got to be told in a
linear way. The stories got told in snippets, set too far apart that plots got
lost or complicated simply because they had to wait in line for weeks, to take
up where they left off last time we heard about them!
Take Yousana for
instance, one week we see them talk, then for a whole week we hear nothing then
we see Yousef kiss Noora. Then again we get a clip about Sana moving on but two
weeks later, she talks about him again and decides to give it a chance.
For another, Sana’s
faith. While initially it seemed as though we might see her practice her faith
in some way, to actually normalize Islam, that plot was forgotten half way
through the season and only got mentioned again in the very last clip.
Consistency was not the
strong suit of this season for sure. Perhaps because this was the last season.
Maybe they just ran out of a good way to see things through or to connect the
things they wanted to connect.
But no matter how you
will try to tell yourself that there was a good reason for the things that
happened this season, you can’t deny how unfair this season was to Sana.
Before the season
started, there were so many people talking about how a Sana-centered season was
“needed” at times like these. But political climate and social anomalies aside,
this season not only didn’t help any of those noble causes it was supposed to
serve, but also pushed its narrator aside in favor of a more sought
after story that only had dramatic value.
i wanted to make this post because with all the drama i think we are ignoring the principal reason behind the Elias character, he is breaking the cliche/prejudice about muslim, north african/arab boys being rude, evil and authoritarian towards the women in their lifes.
Elias trust in Sana, we can see it when he defends her in front of their mom.
He knows apologize to Sana when he does something wrong or that hurt her.
Elias wants Sana to be happy no matter what.
He show support to her even when it´s about a love interest, this kind of topics are always represented as a taboo between muslim families, and i´m glad they show it like a normal conversation between siblings.
Elias Supports, cares, encourages and gives advice to Sana because he wants her to be happy.
He show respect for his mom and he tries to understand her point of view even if he doesn’t agree.
Elias is a good brother and an amazing representation of an human and not demonized relationship between a muslim boy and the women in his life, this kind of representation is so unique and we should apreciate it.
i’m upset at the fact that all of this is being ignored because of all the drama around the fight.
We don´t know what happened in the fight,but it remainds me when in the last season Isak started a fight with Mehdi because he was upset, and the rumor was that Mehdi started the fight because he is muslim and Isak gay, now is happening the same, the only difference is that the rumors and assumptioms are being made by the fandom.
Half of the skam fandom is criminalizing a character who is made for decriminalize muslim boys.
Clip opens with Sana listening to 2pac’s Dear Mama: the song is an ode to mothers. The following lyrics, I find, very fitting for Sana:
‘Cause through the drama I can always depend on my mama
And when it seems that I’m hopeless
You say the words that can get me back in focus
We see, once again, that Sana is very into science. This time, we can see scientific articles in the background of her Facebook instead of basketball ones.
I love playing “spot the NRK employee” on the social media pages. We can see about three during the whole clip but this guy, in particular, looks like a very cool artist (and he has an Instagram displaying his work).
While she smiles fondly at Yousef’s message (that contains alcohol), she’s surprised with a call to prayer which I think she sees as a confirmation that focusing on an atheist boy will distract her from her faith.
She mutes the call. (I’m not so sure but I had feelings Sana will struggle with her faith this season and maybe deviate from how she usually practices it a bit, in her struggles. Like maybe she’ll start missing prayers? I’m not sure though, it’s more of a “what if”. If that’s the case: the lingering on the muted call to prayer could be the start of her “straying”.)
She unfriends Yousef. Our hearts break.
The reference to biology, to me, is another reinforcing of her link with Isak. It immediately reminds us of him and his dynamic with her.
It’s funny how she talks about studying the immune system, seeing as it’s the system that protects your body against harm. I think it might be a nod to her trying to protect herself from heartbreak re: Yousef.
I have no idea if this next detail is purposeful but I spat my water when I noticed it: we see a display of A DOZEN EGGS which, frankly, reminded me of Yousef’s 12 kids.
(a bit like the scene in the kitchen in s1 where Chris breaks an egg and just after we have Vilde confess that she thinks she might be pregnant…but we later learn she was never pregnant: broken egg/no children)
We get another example of how much mother trusts daughter. I feel like that trust is bound to be broken badly. What with how much we’re reminded of its existence.
It’s a common thread in growing up actually, when I think about it. “You used to tell me all your secrets but we barely talk anymore.” You grow up and your mother is not your best friend anymore. You feel like your secrets are too big now to be shared. You feel like there are some things she could never understand. Maybe we’ll learn something about Sana’s parents’ relationship later in the story. Something that will surprise Sana (and us) and help renew her relationship with her mother. Relate again.
And then we get an interesting transition:
“Have you talked to the handsome Muslim boy?” No.
Because Yousef is not Muslim.
Because the handsome Muslim boy has yet to come.
“Remember There Isn’t Just One Person Out There For You”
[Welcome to voice mail from Telenor*. Please leave a message after the beep.]
SANA: Noora, please call me.
SANA: Hello, Eskild? Is Noora home? It’s Sana.
ESKILD: Oh my God, they’re just in that penthouse of William’s to fuck. She’ll be back when she’s newly fucked, my little generous girl.
LINN: I think they went to London.
ESKILD: Yeah you think they went to London, but you also thought Grunde was going to win Paradise*, so you have bad judgement, Linn. Be a bit humble.
SANA: I’m just a little worried she’s mad at me.
ESKILD: She didn’t look very mad when she went off in that Aston Martin car to 3 million kroner. 3 million is a lot of money.
SANA: I sent William an e-mail.
ESKILD: E-mail? It’s been a while since I’ve written one of those.
SANA: Yes, but I sent it from Noora’s account.
ESKILD: You sent an e-mail from Noora’s account to William? Okay, what did you write?
SANA: I just wrote “I love you and if you love me, come to Oslo”.
ESKILD: That’s what made him come? An e-mail.
ESKILD: You wrote an e-mail.. Why didn’t you think about that before? You write e-mails all the time, you brag about it. You’re a grown up, Linn. Is that what it took? She’s been stomping around in this self-pitying heartache for 8 months and then all it took was an e-mail? You shouldn’t feel bad about that, that was well done. I’m a bit proud of you. High five.
SANA: But.. I didn’t really do it for Noora’s sake. I did it because she was with a guy I like.
ESKILD: Which guy?
SANA: Just a guy called Yousef.
ESKILD: Yousef? Isn’t that the guy you were trying to pick up last night?
LINN: Once, I sent a used tampon to a girl who made out with my ex.
ESKILD: Have you had a significant other?
LINN: Yes, in the 7th grade.
ESKILD: That was the first and last one?
ESKILD: But now we’re talking about Sana, Linn. We can talk about you later. Right now we’re talking about Sana and cute Muslim boy.
SANA: He’s not a Muslim.
ESKILD: He’s not? Okay. Hm. Do you want some guru advicing?
SANA: What’s that?
ESKILD: I was with this guy, a year ago, a very good relationship - best I’ve ever had. That was with a Turkish son of an ambassador and his name was Lito - you remember that. He was really cool, went to Blinder’n*, cared about human rights, sensitive soul, shared a lot about himself and had the most shapely cock I’ve ever touched. He was also a Muslim and not that I’m religious or anything, because I’m not, but I’ve flipped through the Bible a couple of times and there it says that the most important thing is love, or “love on top” as Beyoncé says, so I think like “What would Jesus and Muhammad do?” and that’s “let the love flow”. So we tried that - “love on top”, meaning I topped and going right into the love and you know about that because you heard. We did that lots of times, and then we started talking about other things, important things, grown up things like life and humanity and stuff and we disagreed a lot. So the conclusion is that relationships between religious and non-religious people are difficult. I cried a lot. Aren’t there some other hotties in that gang? That Elias, isn’t he cute?
SANA: That’s my brother.
ESKILD: That’s.. Yes, that’s your brother. That won’t work. That would be weird. Which religion would you follow? Buddhism or something?
, maybe. Now I got a bit inspired to research and stuff online. What are you doing today?
I think what’s extremely hard about the Yousana situation is that they both clearly want a future together. Sana is thinking about marriage and Yousef considers her his soulmate. It’s obvious that they’re not just thinking about merely dating; they’re thinking about the long haul. Sana’s mum didn’t forbid Sana from dating Yousef. When Sana started talking about marriage her mum reminded her that she’s only 17. She’s probably saying that she’s only 17 and she has a while to think about marriage, but I think what makes Sana anxious is that she knows Yousef is the guy for her. She knows that if she dates Yousef, her feelings might not ever go away. Like I doubt that if they date, she’d want to break up with him and find another muslim boy to marry because it’s Yousef she wants. It’s fairly obvious that her feelings aren’t just infatuation. I think her mum’s idea was that in a few years time, Sana would probably be over Yousef, but Sana knows that she might not be. I can’t imagine how hard it is for both Yousef and Sana, especially Sana. She has a really hard choice to make.