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Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Egypt in the News: As7ab wala A3az stirs the outrage machine

The cause celebre du jour that is As7ab wala A3az is leading coverage in the foreign press this morning: Western journos are picking up on uproar in the Egyptian Twittersphere, where people are all but accusing Netflix of causing the downfall of Egyptian civilization. The film checks quite a few items on the list of transgressions against conservative social mores (albeit tamely): same-[redacted] relationships ✅; (female) infidelity ✅; alcohol consumption ✅. This has led to Rep. Mostafa Bakry calling for Netflix to be banned from the country, while some social media users have directed particular fury at star Mona Zaki, who is facing calls from some to be ejected from the actors’ union. Our advice: Watch the move and form your own opinion. (Variety | Washington Post | The National)

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