Egyptian actresses, forced to abide by a dress code at festivals after Rania Yussef
The snapshots of Egyptian actress Rania Yussef on the red carpet of the Cairo film festival continue to fuel debate and controversy. Her dress of transparencies
The Actors Union of Egypt has announced the drafting of a strict dress code to attend cultural events
An actress will be judged in Egypt for wearing a transparent dress
The snapshots of Egyptian actress Rania Yussef on the red carpet of the Cairo film festival continue to fuel debate and controversy. Her dress of transparencies, which showed her legs completely, ended in court and led the Union of Actors of Egypt to announce the drafting of a strict dress code to attend cultural events.
"After this crisis, we will set mandatory criteria for the actresses participating in the festivals," said Omar Abdelaziz, president of the Union of Actors, the government body that brings together the guild. Speaking to the local press, this veteran film director says that the measure is only "part of the approach that seeks to address the mistakes made within the union." The institution also promises to investigate and punish those members who do not respect "the traditions, values and ethics of society."
Despite his criticism of Yussef for the model chosen to parade for the closing ceremony of the capital's festival, Abdelaziz criticizes the decision of a group of lawyers who initially denounced the actress before the Prosecutor's Office accusing her of "obscenity" and " incitement to libertinism ", charges that could have carried up to five years in prison. "Things should not go so far that the actors are brought before a court and imprisoned for a simple dress."
"Invitation to decadence, to prostitution"
Among the lawyers who declared war on Yussef, there is Samir Sabri, a "picapleitos" known for having filed hundreds of complaints against the guild of actors. "90% of all the artists that appear on local television are an invitation to decadence, nudity, alcohol, drugs or prostitution, I'm against all of that, I think we can not allow those examples to enter In our homes, it's not art, "Sabri explained in a recent interview with EL MUNDO.
After days in the eye of the hurricane, Yussef - victim of the incendiary programs of the local "prime time" - has been forced to sing the mea culpa to which she resisted initially. "I would like to apologize as an actress who maintains a good reputation among her followers," she admitted on her Twitter account. "I hope everyone understands my good intentions, I did not want to upset anyone," he added after suggesting that "the opinions of designers and fashion experts" and the international nature of the event had influenced his choice of costumes.
On her route through the television networks, the 45-year-old actress confessed that she never wore the suit if she had known about the scandal caused. "It was the first time I was wearing it and I did not expect to cause so much indignation (...) I would like to underline my commitment to the moral values of Egyptian society in which we have all grown up", he reiterated. The controversy has overshadowed the fortieth edition of the Cairo film festival, a long-awaited event unless, this year, under the baton of a new director, he promised to begin his recovery.
Far from ailing the storm, Yussef was questioned on Wednesday by the Prosecutor's Office for four hours and then released. "The investigation continues," he told social media after the resignation of the attorneys who initiated the litigation to maintain the charges spread. In a statement, the lawyers celebrated the pardon "to the Egyptian family and their affirmation that it was not intentional, result of circumstances beyond their control and the recognition that it was wrong behavior".
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For its part, the Egyptian State Information Service, which controls and accredits the foreign press in the country, has called the media coverage "exaggerated" and denounced the negative view cast on "personal liberties" on earth. of the pharaohs, with a society and authorities increasingly pacatas. The trial against Yussef, based on the withdrawn demands, is scheduled for next January 12. And there are no signs of suspension. The Egyptian syndicate of performing arts professionals, upset by a "disproportionate and unjustified escalation", will provide legal assistance to the defendant.
The calvary of the actress joins a long tirade in the middle of a campaign of public morality by the security forces that has taken dozens of homosexuals to jail. Last January the Egyptian dancer Laila Amer was arrested accused of starring in a video in which she makes supposedly suggestive gestures. The lawyer who filed the complaint then said that the content represented "a danger to the morality of society and incited libertinism and sexual acts among young people." He was arrested for four days.
At the end of 2017, a minor court sentenced Shyma, the 22-year-old Egyptian singer who unleashed the scandal by appearing in lingerie in a video clip while eating a banana, to two years in prison . The diffusion of the images on YouTube - in which the artist also appears spraying milk on some bananas - ended with the arrest of the protagonist a few days later between reactions of rejection of the media, politicians and public figures. His sentence was later reduced to one year in prison.
In 2015 two belly dancers were sentenced to six months behind bars for allegedly inciting debauchery and immorality in their videos. In 2014, a television program inspired by the X Factor formula in which dancers from the US, Argentina, Russia and China competed was canceled after the first episode in response to criticism from the most puritanical sectors.
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