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Note/ Dua Lipa's 'golden passport' and the 'burnt passports' of those who flee

Note/ Dua Lipa's 'golden passport' and the 'burnt

by Arber Zaimi

On Monday, two photos were posted next to each other on social networks, in one the British pop star of Albanian origin Dua Lipa receiving the Albanian passport from Prime Minister Edi Rama, and in the other photo several young men inside an old bus holding the Albanian passports in their hands they went into exile.

There were commentators from Kosovo who said that Dua Lipa is getting the passport of Albania with an accelerated procedure, while they have to wait for years or pay cash for that passport.

There were commentators from Albania who pointed out that that passport has often ended up in the canals, once deep in the Otranto channel and today deep in the English Channel, as the sons and daughters of ordinary Albanians continue their exile at an unstoppable pace.


Has the spectacle captured the nation and have we become a nation of the spectacle? Is the spectacle being presented to us both as "the whole society" and as "part of society" and as "what unites us"? If the spectacle is left to unite us, it is known since Debord that the spectacle unites only in isolation, only the isolated. The performance is like Cohen Leonard's verse, "let's be alone together". Has our only commonality remained loneliness and isolation while everything else including the nation-state has been privatized, sold and bought, spectacularized and over-symbolized? Is this one of the reasons to flee to those countries where society through the state does not abandon the citizen?


Those who are not in a hurry move to the "fast lane", those who are in a hurry must wait their turn. Whoever is rich constantly receives gifts that he does not really need, whoever is poor has to pay for everything. Even the rich often receive gifts from the poor, who thus wish to enter into communion with him - making him part of their economy. No one wants the poor to be part of their economy, because poverty, unlike success, is not treated with "sharing is beautiful". Is this one of the reasons for fleeing where it is easier to be poor but anonymous than here where you are poor in front of your sister and brother, whose indifference you have to endure also do you join parties where "we are one"?


On the one hand, it turns out that our passport is given with great pleasure only to those who are not interested in its functional aspect but only in its symbolic aspect. Those who expect some kind of operation from this tool, are asked for time until they get it. Is this a motive, a trace of our institutional development? Where does the institution work to be seen, in front of those who do not need it, and to solve problems in the invisible daily life of ordinary people? Does it matter that here you are counted, you are counted, except if you are "big" or "big"? And if you are medium or low, no one counts you, that is. you are not even important for statistics? Don't the Albanians run away from there because there at least they can be just a number, and have a weight however small, as respondents in surveys, as consumers,


One might have thought that through the symbolic gesture of the Albanian passport for the world-famous artist, Mrs. Lipën, an answer is given to the racist comment of a British politician, Mrs. Braverman. Even the emigrants who set out to cross the English Channel in cardboard boxes or refrigerated trucks dream of becoming successful like Dua Lipa. If not themselves, then at least their daughters or sons. And when they become successful, they return to their country and are welcomed by the prime minister. Get successful or die trying. The homeland will be rarefied, it will remain a festive home only for successful people who return from abroad, as the average and the weak are expropriated by foreign and local investors, and learn that in your country you have no value if you are not successful and that you can only become successful outside.

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