‘Sisi should wear thermal underwear’, an Egyptian actor’s advice to her president
Kushari makes her controversial comments on Monday (screenshot)
A little-known Egyptian actor has raised eyebrows with her message to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in which she suggested he should “wear long johns under his trousers” in consideration of the cold winter weather.
Fatima Kushari, who largely plays secondary roles, made the bizarre comments while a guest on the “Sabahek Masri” program broadcast on MBC 2 Egypt on Monday.
Kushari also made a personal appeal to Sisi to monitor the Shubra neighborhood of Cairo where she lives. She suggested that “there are loads of people up and loads of people down,” referring to the class gap in her area.
The program’s presenter, Seham Saleh, was clearly mortified by the incident, abruptly concluding the interview by repeatedly attempting to cut off her guest.
The video has since been shared widely on social media, with many offering their responses to the strange incident.
الرئاسة بالفعل استجابت للسيدة فاطمة كشرى وهتعمل للريس كالسون مضاد للرصاص— كشرى ابو دقة (@nafaad) January 3, 2017
مش كشرى انا
كشر ى تانى
The President's office have already responded to Mrs. Fatima Kushari, and they will make the President some bulletproof underwear. I am not a Kushari... a different kind of Kushari (his first name is the same as her first name)
اول ماشفت الهاش فصلت— ربعاوية حمساوية (@sama65s) January 3, 2017
ولا شكل فاطمة كشري هي وبتقولها
وربنا مسخرة #البس_كلسونك_ياسيسي
The first time I saw the hashtag I was so confused. Fatima Kushari clearly looks like she was having a laugh when she said that.
Breaking: The President’s office have announced that he has been wearing long johns since the beginning of the winter and we thank Professor Fatima Kushari for her excessive concern for the President’s bottom.
It has since been reported in the Egyptian media that a warning has been sent out to the channel following the incident. The complaint accuses MBC Egypt of deliberately broadcasting the words of their guest in order to insult President Sisi.
The military general, who overthrew the democratically-elected President Mohammad Morsi in a 2013 coup, was once hugely popular in the country. More recently, however, there has been growing discontentment in Egypt, particularly about the state of the economy. As the Egyptian pound has plummeted against the dollar, the state has undertaken what has been described as “an economic war on poor citizens”.