Egyptian Actors Vote: Anti Islamists?

Published December 2nd, 2011 - 15:10 GMT

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‘Amro Waked’ boycotts the elections, stating in his personal blog that ‘the elections will be a farce, a comedy and an 
absurd play that is not worthy of a people aspiring for democracy’.
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Image 1 of 14: ‘Amro Waked’ boycotts the elections, stating in his personal blog that ‘the elections will be a farce, a comedy and an absurd play that is not worthy of a people aspiring for democracy’.

Artist ‘Yusra’ submits her vote at ‘Al Qawmieh School’ (one of many polling stations across the nation set up in schools) in Al Zamalek 
neighborhood. ‘Yusra’ attempted to stay discreet and disguised while voting but many fans foiled her cover, spotting their 
beloved, though Mubarak-supporting, actress.
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Image 1 of 14: Artist ‘Yusra’ submits her vote at ‘Al Qawmieh School’ (one of many polling stations across the nation set up in schools) in Al Zamalek neighborhood. ‘Yusra’ attempted to stay discreet and disguised while voting but many fans foiled her cover, spotting their beloved, though Mubarak-supporting, actress.

Artist ‘Khaled Abul Naga’ voted at ‘Al Orooba School’ and took his place in line patiently with the long queue of voters.
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Image 1 of 14: Artist ‘Khaled Abul Naga’ voted at ‘Al Orooba School’ and took his place in line patiently with the long queue of voters.

‘Ola Ghanem’ declared her dread that, between the Salafis and the Brotherhood, Islamist denominations might dominate the 
elections.
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Image 1 of 14: ‘Ola Ghanem’ declared her dread that, between the Salafis and the Brotherhood, Islamist denominations might dominate the elections.

‘Hala Sidqi’ also declared her similar shared fear and unashamedly announced that her vote went to parties that both were
not of Islamist affiliation, nor running in 'blocs' containing Salafis or the Muslim Brotherhood.
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Image 1 of 14: ‘Hala Sidqi’ also declared her similar shared fear and unashamedly announced that her vote went to parties that both were not of Islamist affiliation, nor running in 'blocs' containing Salafis or the Muslim Brotherhood.

As for director ‘Manal Al Sefi’, she placed her vote at the ‘Sina’yeh Secondary School’ in Al Nasr City, not indicating either 
which way she leaned.
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Image 1 of 14: As for director ‘Manal Al Sefi’, she placed her vote at the ‘Sina’yeh Secondary School’ in Al Nasr City, not indicating either which way she leaned.

‘Samah Anwar’ has abandoned Egypt for Kuwait in fear of the expected imminent takeover by the Muslim Brotherhood and
their Salafi peers, of the Egyptian socio-political landcape.
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Image 1 of 14: ‘Samah Anwar’ has abandoned Egypt for Kuwait in fear of the expected imminent takeover by the Muslim Brotherhood and their Salafi peers, of the Egyptian socio-political landcape.

‘Adel Imam’ eagerly awaits the second round of the elections, and declares that he is very optimistic regarding
the opening chapter of Egypt's future.
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Image 1 of 14: ‘Adel Imam’ eagerly awaits the second round of the elections, and declares that he is very optimistic regarding the opening chapter of Egypt's future.

'Izzat Alali’ stated only that every Egyptian should submit his vote, and shared his own willingness to participate, while preferring 
not to share who his vote lay with.
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Image 1 of 14: 'Izzat Alali’ stated only that every Egyptian should submit his vote, and shared his own willingness to participate, while preferring not to share who his vote lay with.

‘Salah Al Sa’adani’ also anticipates confidently the second phase of the elections, having candidly declared that he had no 
objections to the rumored ascendancy of the Muslim Brothers to power.
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Image 1 of 14: ‘Salah Al Sa’adani’ also anticipates confidently the second phase of the elections, having candidly declared that he had no objections to the rumored ascendancy of the Muslim Brothers to power.

‘Ahmad Budeir’ referred, positively, to the parliamentary elections as the 'lifeline' Egypt had been offered for a clean start. 
He remained coy about his own vote.
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Image 1 of 14: ‘Ahmad Budeir’ referred, positively, to the parliamentary elections as the 'lifeline' Egypt had been offered for a clean start. He remained coy about his own vote.

‘Hani Ramzi’ denied having any concerns for preservation the arts' scene with regards to a likely Muslim Brotherhood or Salafi 
win, nor did he admit holding any personal reservations toward their prevailing in a new government.
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Image 1 of 14: ‘Hani Ramzi’ denied having any concerns for preservation the arts' scene with regards to a likely Muslim Brotherhood or Salafi win, nor did he admit holding any personal reservations toward their prevailing in a new government.

Director ‘Khaled Yousef’ announced that he would abstain from voting in the elections as his preferred party ‘Al Tayar al Nasiri’ is 
running in an alliance divided between Salafi affiliates and the Brotherhood. He professes openly to not supporting either 
Islamist camp.
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Image 1 of 14: Director ‘Khaled Yousef’ announced that he would abstain from voting in the elections as his preferred party ‘Al Tayar al Nasiri’ is running in an alliance divided between Salafi affiliates and the Brotherhood. He professes openly to not supporting either Islamist camp.

Actress ‘Hanan Turk’ claimed that she voted Muslim all the way, by placing her vote with the
 ‘Freedom and Justice Party’ of the Muslim Brotherhood.
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Image 1 of 14: Actress ‘Hanan Turk’ claimed that she voted Muslim all the way, by placing her vote with the ‘Freedom and Justice Party’ of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Is the celebrity voice of Egypt unanimously anit-Islamist? Who did the Egyptian celebrities and film stars vote for in the first round of parliamentary elections consuming Egypt last week? With word on Egyptian-Hollywood-street abuzz with the anti-Islamist sentiment held by the acting and artistic community, Al Bawaba wanted to separate reality from conjecture and gossip.

According to various sources including the esteemed ‘Al Ahram’ newspaper, candidness and transparency were not easily found among most voting celebs, who for one thing have their popularity to consider when committing to their political allegiances publicly.  Exit polls have been used to gauge some of the votes. Otherwise individual admissions, where supplied, have served as an indication of the actor's guild as it were, voting patterns.

‘Hala Sidqi’ and ‘Ola Ghanem’ announced that they had avoided voting for coalitions that included Muslim Brotherhood or Salafii affiliations in fear of the perceived threat facing film and art in Egypt. Some stars such as ‘Samah Anwar’ fled the country, others like ‘Amro Waked’ and ‘Khaled Yousef’ confirmed that they were boycotting the elections. ‘Khaled’ further stressed that he if voting, he would not vote for any alliances that contained Salafis or the Muslim brotherhood, echoing other actor voting tendency.

On the other hand, some artists like ‘Hani Ramzi’ and ‘Salah Al Sa’adani’ declared that they did not fear that a Muslim Brotherhood ascendancy to power. ‘Adel Imam’ announced his anticipation and optimism for the future of a new Egypt that these elections were forging, as ‘Hanan Turk’ claimed that she voted for the ‘Freedom and Justice Party’ of the Muslim brotherhood.

So let's attempt to gauge just how common this anti-Islamist allergy has become within Egypt's artistic and celebrity community.

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