CAIRO: The famous puppet Abla Fahita has taken over the theater where award-winning comedian Bassem Youssef once presented his controversial show, in a contract with the same channel, CBC, and the same timing, 9 p.m. on Fridays. Likewise, Abla Fahita’s show is for “adults only.”
“Are you the bodyguards? Let’s start with the body, take off your jackets… and the shirts. Stretch your chests. Bend over to pick up the boots with your teeth. The boots with feathers, feathers!” said Abla Fahita, dressed in a nightgown and sitting on a bed, addressing two muscular men who followed her orders.
The scenario is Abla Fahita’s promo for her new show, Live from the Duplex.
Advertisements of Abla Fahita’s show spread over Cairo, with pictures of her saying “Come here…I am like your mama.”
In one of the adverts, Abla Fahita is reading Fifty Shades of Grey.
On Monday, Abla Fahita posted a story about her “scandalous promo,” commenting “beware… The Duplex advert has poisonous AIDS.”
Some tweeps criticized the promo and the advertisements in the streets, tweeting that her campaign is more of a “pornographic clip.” Though others did not slam the promo, they still joked that it was “puppet porn.”
The tweets also took a political turn, as some Egyptians criticized that CBC and Youssef opponents cited “sexual innuendos” as a reason for ending his contract.
The puppet, who presents itself as a widow, first emerged on Youtube in 2010. But she gained fame after she posted a video with her puppet daughter Caroline (Caro,) lamenting the election of former President Mohamed Morsi. Her popularity continued to build up after she was hosted by Youssef while his show was still on.
A “Free Abla Fahita” campaign was led on social media in December 2013 and a while into 2014, after a young anti-revolution activist filed a complaint against her to the police, accusing her of “terrorism.”
The beautiful widow’s activity on social media continued with much engagement from her fans until CBC made her the offer. She has over 2 million likes on Facebook and over 296,000 followers on Twitter.