Frenemies and Brothers? Arab celebs sink their teeth into the Muslim Brotherhood

Published November 26th, 2012 - 10:55 GMT

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Hannan Turk
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Image 1 of 9: Hannan Turk might have waved goodbye to her acting career but that hasn't stopped her love life hitting the headlines. After rumors surfaced that the star had secretly wed, a guessing game began to find the identity of her mystery spouse. Mohammad Malek - the son of a Brotherhood member - was just one of the guesses Hannan quickly shot down.

Haifa Wehbe
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Image 1 of 9: Scandalous starlet, Haifa Wehbe, isn't exactly the Muslim Brotherhood's cup of tea. After getting friendly with her ex-husband, the group reportedly helped him pay off the divorce settlement. And with her hubby out of the way, the Brotherhood has taken their Haifa-hatred even further, allegedly banning her from state-run Egyptian TV.

Elham Shahin
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Image 1 of 9: After publicly supporting Morsi's opponent in the Egyptian elections and badmouthing the Brotherhood, Elham Shahin was left in an awkward position when the votes didn't go her way. Since Morsi's been in power, the sexy star has found herself in the bad books of Egyptian TV execs.

Yusra
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Image 1 of 9: So-called 'glamor icon', Yusra, is used to flaunting her sexuality on the small screen. But this could be a thing of the past if the Brotherhood has anything to do with it. Members Abu Islam and Abdallah Badar have reportedly called on the starlet and her 'haram' antics to be banned from TV.

Sherihan
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Image 1 of 9: Egyptian actress, Sherihan, has made no secret of her feelings towards the Brotherhood, publicly slamming the group. Now it seems the actress has been swept away by their rivals, the Popular Current Party, as she helps the newly formed group stem the tide of Islamist influence in Egypt.

Sama al-Masri
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Image 1 of 9: Taking a swing at the Brotherhood the best way she knows how, Sama al-Masri took politics to the dance floor. In her video, the belly dancer can be seen seductively shaking her stuff while singing out criticisms of the Brotherhood's failure to deliver their promised 'Renaissance Project'.

Ahmed Eid
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Image 1 of 9: While fellow Egyptian stars lashed out at the Brotherhood during and after the elections, Ahmed Eid tried to take a more balanced view. The actor had his reservations about the Brotherhood's attitude towards the entertainment industry but backed their candidate, Mohammed Morsi, 100 per cent.

Shabaan Abd al Rahim
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Image 1 of 9: Rather than speaking about his support for the Brotherhood, Egyptian folk singer, Shabaan Abd al Rahim, decided to say it with a song. After protests against the group hit Cairo's infamous Tahir Square, the star released his track, 'Ya Muhajim Al Ikhwan Hatrouh Min Rabina Feen' (You who attacks the Muslim Brotherhood how can you hide from God).

Essam al-Erian
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Image 1 of 9: Top Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam al-Erian has been taken to court in Cairo over a controversial interview with female TV presenter, Jihan Mansur. The hostess claims that Erian hinted she was paid to criticize the Brotherhood and is suing him for defamation.

Like our favorite stars in the Middle East, the Muslim Brotherhood is no stranger to controversy. 

Although the Brotherhood might have made ground in the region when Morsi claimed victory in the Egyptian elections, the group's most formidable rival - the celebrity - has proved harder to overcome. Political debates might be known for getting nasty but no one fights dirtier than a famous diva with an axe to grind. 

With famous friends few and far between, the Brotherhood has been trying to get the most provocative stars and their scandalous behavior, off the airwaves. But the rich and famous are using all weapons at their disposal to hit back hard. Slapping them with a song, a booty-shaking dance or even cursing them in court, these celebs won't let the Brotherhood take them down without a fight. 

When political scandal meets celebrity ire, drama is inevitable.

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