Thursday, April 4, 2013

Popular satirists get on Morsi's bad side

On U.S. and Canadian soil, most people know not to take much of what late night talk show hosts and satirists say without a grain of salt, and they realize that their skits and social commentary are scripted for laughs.

But Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is not among those chuckling at the stylings of Jon Stewart, nor those of Egypt’s own Bassem Youssef.
Stewart, the host of The Daily Show, and Youssef, who headlines a similar program in his country, have come under fire for mocking and insulting Morsi’s management of Egypt’s problems and undermining his standing.

Bassem was recently arrested and interrogated by Egyptian authorities and had Stewart come to his defence. Stewart himself garnered the attention of U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for admirably attempting to defend the democratic right of free speech.

How much further this will go remains to be seen, but eyes of many on high are watching.

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