Egyptian journalist apologizes for Oscars blunder as Internet trolling continues

Published March 7th, 2016 - 12:13 GMT
Shaimaa Abdel Monem has been the target of much Internet ridicule after messing up her opportunity to ask Leonardo DiCaprio a question at the Oscars.  (Facebook)
Shaimaa Abdel Monem has been the target of much Internet ridicule after messing up her opportunity to ask Leonardo DiCaprio a question at the Oscars. (Facebook)

If you haven’t heard of Shaimaa Abdel Monem, you may have been living under a rock. The Youm7 journalist had the opportunity to ask Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio a question during a press conference after the awards ceremony, but made a major blunder.

She was mocked after the clip of her asking the confusing question, “what about the first Oscar for you?” to DiCaprio, who had just won his first Oscar, surfaced online. The confused actor and climate change activist asked her to repeat her question after clearly not understanding her poor English.

Almost immediately after the event, the clip went viral.

Memes and remixes were made, and the car manufacturer Volkswagen even jumped on the bandwagon with advertising slogan, “For your first Volkswagen, what about it?”

Now Abdel Monem has apologized for her blunder, hoping that the trolling will stop.

She said that she will learn from her mistake, and that she was too caught up in the excitement of the moment that her English slipped.

She added that her family is also being ridiculed because of her mistake.

The editor of Youm7, Khaled Salah, defended Abdel Monem, saying that it is common for people to get confused at big events.


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