Egyptian TV show suspended over women infidelity remarks

The host of "Momken" TV show, Khairy Ramadan. (youtube)

The host of “Momken” TV show, Khairy Ramadan. (youtube)

Egyptian officials suspended the talk show “Momken” (It’s Possible), hosted by Khairy Ramadan, for 15 days pending investigations by a legal technical committee on accusations that a guest insulted women from Upper Egypt, reported by Al-Ahram.

The show hosted Taymour El-Sobky, the Facebook administrator of “Diary of a suffering man”, which has over 1 million followers, who said women, especially from Upper Egypt, have a tendency to cheat on their husbands.

He said, “Thirty percent of women have a readiness for immorality, but just cannot find someone to encourage them. Today, it is very normal for a woman to cheat and seek it.”

El-Sobky cited Upper Egypt’s governorates of Assiut, Minya, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, and Aswan as places where arranged marriages take place, meaning that women often find themselves with men they did not know previously.

The Chamber of Media Industry called on all channels to boycott El-Sobky, adding it would support any legal action against him, according to Al-Shrouk newspaper.

Meanwhile, CBC channel issued a statement on Sunday apologising for El-Sobky’s statements: “We apologise to all the citizens of the governorates of Upper Egypt, women and men, and to everyone who got offended by this in every Egyptian governorate, and to all the women of Egypt. We also assure you that the pride and honour of every Egyptian citizen is a priority and more worthy than anything else.”

The Press Syndicate also issued a statement late on Sunday condemning the content of the controversial video CBC aired: “While the Press Syndicate appreciates CBC channel’s apology about the video that angered Egyptian women, its assurance that it is partial to the views and that they do not represent the channel’s opinion about Egyptian women, it [the Press Syndicate] calls upon journalists and media people to watch out and not be dragged into the crises that distract us from discussing the main issue in society.”

After receiving threats death threats, El-Sobky apologised in a video last Thursday, saying his words were taken out of context by administrators of Facebook pages in Upper Egypt who shared the video, adding that even his mother is from Upper Egypt’s Qena, and he usually discusses marriage situations sarcastically on his page.

“I strongly apologise if my words in the episode were misunderstood and I call upon people to watch the whole episode and they will find that I did not offend or insult. It is impossible that I would insult the women of Upper Egypt or women in general.”

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