Egyptian newspapers demand the banning of Haifa Wahbi
The Egyptian daily newspaper Al Wafid has demanded the banning of Lebanese singer Haifa Wahbi from Egypt after she had publicly insulted Egypt and its people on the program “For Those Who Dare Only”, which is broadcasted on the Lebanese Broadcasting Company LBC. The paper called on the head of the Egyptian Musician Association, Hassan Abu Al So’oud, to take a stance against the singer and work on forbidding her from entering the country, as is the case with many Egyptian singers who are banned from Lebanon for unknown reasons.
The paper stressed there are legitimate reasons for forbidding Haifa, which is insulting Egypt, and she should not be given a permit by the association to hold any performances on Egyptian soil. Haifa’s remarks on the show had caused an outrage to breakout in Egypt.
The singer’s remark that created all the chaos was when she was asked about her opinion towards some of the articles that are published about her in Egyptian newspapers. Haifa’s reply was basically Egyptians should see what they have, referring to seductive singers like Ruby, before criticizing others.
Haifa added that she strongly believes she receives such negative criticism from Egyptians because of the mere fact that Lebanese women are much better looking and know how to dress unlike Egyptians.
These remarks gave rise to a severe attacks by papers that revealed that how can Haifa insult Egypt when her debut was launched from there and how can she talk about Egyptians when her own mother is from Egypt. Al Wafid added that the singer had overlooked the fact that the way she was dressed, which was considered inappropriate by the standards of all Arab countries, including Lebanon.
On a different note, the music satellite channel Rotana has finally released the latest music video by Wahbi “Bidi Eish” (I Want to Live) on its popular show Awal Mara (The First Time). The clip was filmed under the direction of Lebanese director Saeed Al Marouq, marking his first cooperation with Haifa.