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Jordan’s Queen Rania spoofs Letterman’s Top 10 while accepting award at YouTube Live

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Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah spoofed US comedian David Letterman's famous Top 10 format in a recorded acceptance message YouTube Visionary Award.

AMMAN, Jordan, 23 November 2008 - Accepting the first ever YouTube Visionary Award via taped message, Saturday, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah opted for a very non-traditional approach at explaining why she chose to create a channel aimed at breaking down stereotypes about the Arab and Muslim worlds on YouTube.
 
Her Majesty, a strong advocate for education and gender equality as well as UNICEF's Eminent Advocate for Children said of her YouTube channel, “I wanted to kick-start a conversation in the world’s largest community because we’re stronger when we listen, and smarter when we share.”

Spoofing the famous Top 10 format from US comedian David Letterman, the Queen peppered her message with humorous anecdotes that the YouTube community seemed to identify with. Alluding to other hit videos that have gained fame on the website such as a dog on a skateboard, Madonna’s special message, and even Queen Elizabeth’s channel, Her Majesty joked that one of the reasons was because she “was tired of people thinking Jordan was just a basketball player.”
 
The award, which was presented by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom at YouTube Live, is the first such recognition given by the video sharing community, and was established to highlight those who use YouTube as a global platform for positive social change. 
 
With over 3 million video views, Her Majesty's channel has over 10,000 subscribers and has mobilized hundreds of YouTubers around the world to create their own video clips that challenge many of the misconceptions about Arabs and Muslims.


 

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