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Bassem Youssef “didn’t realise” he wasn’t supposed to satirise the other side as well

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Bassem Youssef “didn’t realise” he wasn’t supposed to satirise the other side as well

Egyptian TV comic apologises for mocking of glorious leader General Sissi

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CAIRO: Following angry scenes in response to Egyptian comic Bassem Youssef’s return to TV, the satirist has finally revealed that he was totally unaware that poking fun at the new government was against the rules.

Having been off air since the arrest of former president Mohamed Morsi in early July, Youssef returned on Friday with a show that mocked the new pro-military fever gripping Egypt and took jabs at the country’s military chief General Sissi. But having been praised for his lampooning of Morsi, Youssef found his new direction heavily criticised by viewers, with numerous complaints and calls for mass rallies in front of the studio where the show is filmed.

“When Youssef was arrested for taking the piss out of Morsi, I was out on the streets campaigning for freedom of speech and calling for his release. But I never expected him to use this same free speech to then turn on our glorious and masterful leader General Sissi. It’s an absolute disgrace,” said Ahmed Flanders, founder of a Facebook group called ‘Sissi is hotter than Bieber’.

“It’s one thing knocking some idiot who came to power in free and fair elections, but it’s a totally different affair to mimic a supreme being like Sissi, who simply took it for himself with the promise that he will, at some point, give it back to the people,” said Barry El-Ahli, who sells official Sissi calendars and car stickers from a roadside stall in Alexandria.

But Youssef has now responded by claiming that he simply “didn’t realise” that satirising the other side wasn’t allowed.

“I apologise profusely for my terrible error,” the comic said in a statement. “From here on in, I shall ensure that all my free speech-enabled mockery is directed solely against those who stand against our great and omnipotent ruler, hallowed be his name.”

Youssef later admitted that ridiculing the daily activities of Mohamed Morsi again was “going to be a bit tricky” given that nobody had seen or heard from him since July.

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6 Comments

  1. Ash

    October 29, 2013 at 7:53 am

    How can people be so naïve to not understand what satire is all about. The man is merely using Satire to express his freedom of speech. This story should be told and retold as a serious journalistic example of the use of satire.

  2. W.a

    October 29, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    this guy is beyond annoying, actually the word annoying is not enough to explain, the fact that every thing he utter is utter $hitt
    I want to puke when i see how idiotic my compatriots of the arab generation, forget about how stupid his pitching and how annoying his presentations, but the quality of the material the approach of comedy that is so void, so empty, so aggravatingly dumb
    get back to the gutter where you belong … Mr. Spasm sorry meant bassem
    so people can you please just shut up about it

  3. Ramy Abol-Fetoh

    October 29, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    GO ON BASSEM , U R ON THE RIGHT TRACK .. NO ONE IS ABOVE CRITICISM OR IMPECCABLE .. ALL THE RULERS ARE THE SAME SINCE 25 JAN .. OR MAYBE SINCE 1981 .. ONLY THE NAMES CHANGE .. WE ARE STILL DREAMING OF OUR NEW EGYPT .. WE WERE ALL AGAINST MB AND NOW WE ARE AGAINST THE RETURN OF A REPRESSIVE REGIME

  4. Diab

    October 29, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    i can’t believe people who are angry from Bassem just because of mocking “the SISSI fever” what would happen if he criticized Sissi speeches

  5. findstephen

    October 30, 2013 at 4:47 am

    As usual the comments are sometimes funnier than the story & that in itself is funny considering the story they are commenting on …. Oh the irony

  6. General Sissi

    October 31, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Who the hell is Bassem Yousseff???

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