Bassem Youssef mocks media over Sisi adoration
Bassem Youssef - YOUM7 (Archive)
By HOSSAM RABIE

CAIRO: Satirist Bassem Youssef mocked the Egyptian media’s adoration of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi during his Friday TV show El Bernameg.

Sisi’s announcement to run for president on Wednesday was followed by an outburst of Sisi-lauding and praising on television. Youssef was critical about the almost unanimous support in media for Sisi, even though he has not even announced his electoral platform.

“Egyptian media continue to provide excessive support for one candidate and raise the hope of Egyptians, but when this candidate falls down, the media escapes,” he said.

The satirist also made fun of TV show hosts who misinterpreted an advertisement banner in Cairo and Giza for a food company saying “People, be patient, the big one is coming” as a publicity stunt for Sisi.

During the first segment of Friday’s show, titled “Lend me your smile,” Youssef responded to accusations of plagiarism.

TV host Amr Adeeb had commented on Youssef’s alleged plagiarism saying, “I can criticize you without stealing any article from anyone.” Youssef responded by making fun of Adeeb’s style and the personality he hosted in his program.

Furthermore, Youssef joked about Egypt’s ranking in the World Happiness Report as the country is number 130 in the world in terms of overall happiness.

The TV host sarcastically explained the causes that make Egyptians unhappy, like Nile water pollution, power outages and the political situation. He further addressed the use of drugs and sexual stimulants, mocking the huge sums spent by Egyptians on stimulants.

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