Many TV hosts on Egyptian television channels have acquired notoriety for their overly insensitive remarks often bordering on defamation or profanity. Some of those remarks are directed at other nations, and foreign politicians; most target regime opponents.
To some, these talk show hosts are national heroes; to others they epitomise the malaise of an unethical, unprofessional state and private media with strong propagandist tendencies.
The video below features two talk show hosts berating Egyptians who complain about economic hardships and spiralling costs of living. It concludes by telling them to leave the country if they don’t like it.
Tamir Amin, the host of a talk show on national TV, once known for his calm demeanor and amiable soft-spokenness, appears to have joined the bandwagon of offensive talk show hosts—all vying to curry favour with the regime.
It would be hard to imagine a BBC talk show host telling his British audience to wash because they are dirty, smelly and scruffy; this is what Amin told his audience in recent remarks.
“Anyone who complains that life is difficult in this country should take his passport and get lost. I tell them to get lost.”
“Egypt has many borders; he should choose the biggest sea and get lost,” Amin said.
There is no British equivalent for Amr Adeeb, the host of the popular show Al-Qahira Al-Youm; the nearest would be controversial Fox News hosts, Rush Limbaugh or Bill O’Reilly, but he makes them look pale by comparison.
In 2009, Adeeb added fuel to a diplomatic crisis sparked initially by a football brawl between Egypt and Algeria, further hurting political and business ties between the two Arab countries. He is rude and crude —a rabble rouser, to say the least.
Adeeb made a simplistic, absurd call for Egyptians to leave the country, making it sound as if emigration was a simple matter.
“Anyone who cannot make a living in this country should find work elsewhere and send remittances back home to benefit his family and his country.”
“Why are you staying here….nobody will give you employment; we have no jobs, so travel; we cannot feed you, so leave the country to be able to make a living and provide for your families.”
Adeeb scolded Egyptians for being “dependent on the state”. “Go to Jordan, Dubai, Saudi Arabia or even to the new world: Australia or America….Don’t stay in Egypt.”